Gyeongsang-do Area

Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy: UNESCO World Heritage

The Flower mountain in front of Seowon is named Byeongsan because it looks like it has a folding screen

Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

ByeongsanSeowon is a leading private educational institution in Andong that fostered talented people with the memorial tablets of Ryu Seong-ryong.

Must-see place with Hahoe Village

Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy: UNESCO World Heritage
Byeongsan Seowon

Byeongsan Seowon is a must-see place with Hahoe Village

The water of the Nakdonggang River flows in a large S-shaped circle around the Hahoe, which Hahoe Village and Byeongsan Seowon at both ends of the flower mountain hillside at the center of the stream. 

To get to Byeongsan Seowon, you have to take a side road from Hahoe to the left. 

To the left, you can see a wide stretch of Pungsan fields, and to the right, you can see a narrow path where a car can barely pass. 

By the entrance of Hyoja Village, where the zelkova trees stand, a wide view is extended, and Byeongsan Seowon is located at a location where the sandy beach along the Nakdong River is seen far away.

Architectural beauty: Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

 Architectural beauty of Byeongsan Seowon
Architectural beauty of Byeongsan Seowon

The Flower mountain in front of Seowon is named Byeongsan because it looks like it has a folding screen 

Passing through the hall and entering the seowon, you will see a grand mandaeru on the high stairs, John Deoksa Temple, a shrine with the memorial tablets of Ryu Seong-ryong and Ryu Jin, a lecture hall where students attended lectures and a Jangpangak building where students were printing books, and Dongjae and Seojae, which used to be students’ dormitory, boast of its architectural beauty. 

Mandaeru
Mandaeru

Located in front of Seowon, Mandaeru is the most famous building in Byeongsan Seowon, and it used to be the Grand Auditorium. 

The two-story, spacious Mandaeru offers a panoramic view of the Nakdong River, spacious white sand beaches and folding screen like mountain.

Although the size of the Seowon is not large, it is a must-see destination in Andong, as each of the neatly placed buildings has its beauty. 

Some 3,000 books, including Ryu Seong-ryong’s literary collection, are stored in the museum, and the festival is held every spring and fall.

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy: UNESCO World Heritage
Byeongsan Seowon

On August 1, 2010, Andong Hahoe Village and Byeongsan Seowon were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

Byeongsan Seowon is a leading private educational institution in Andong that fostered talented people with the memorial tablets of Ryu Seong-ryong, a Korean Confucian scholar. 

In particular, Byeongsan Seowon is called the highlight of Seowon’s architecture, and the art of architecture that attracts the surrounding landscape like a picture of a folding screen through the layout of a building is amazing. 

Welcome to Byeongsan Seowon at summer with bold pink Queen’s-flower.

UNESCO World Heritage sites
UNESCO World Heritage sites

Current Status 
UNESCO World Heritage (Designated on July 6, 2019)
Historic Site No. 260 (Designated on March 31, 1978)

Closed 
N/A (Open all year round)

Activity Information 
Hyangsarye Ritual – March & September


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