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Donghae Hyanggyo


  • Location : 254-1, Bugok-dong
  • Contact : +82-33-535-3337
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Mukho-eup of Myeongju-gun and Bukpyeong-eup of Samcheok-gun were consolidated into Donghae-si on April 1st, 1980. Since then, most authorities and social organizations were integrated, but yurim organization( Confucian scholarship) remained separated for more than ten years. Since it had no central body, yurim was excluded from many cultural activities and faced a lot of difficulties. In order to deal with those problems, eight Confucian scholars came together to create Donghae Hyanggyo as the center of yurim organizations of the region in April 1990.

The establishment of Donghae Hyanggyo was authorized by the head of Seonggyun-gwan, the national Confucian academy in February 1994.

The foundational committee of Donghae Hyanggyo was launched on September 11th, 1993, and Donghae branch of Youdohoe, a Confucian community organization was created on the same day. Education director of Donghae-si donated land in 254-1, Bugok-dong, where main hall and annex buildings were built. The first head of Donghae Hyanggyo was Han Seo-u.

Nine Confucian scholars are enshrined in the eastern part, and nine others in the western part.

39 ritual tables in memory of great Confucian scholars of the past and extra tables for other functions were prepared in March 1995. With the devotion and financial commitment of memorial service hosts and donators, the construction of Hyanggyo was completed on 29th June of the same year. After conducting a rite to enshrine 39 scholars on 15th April, Hyanggyo opened on 29th June, the same year.

Myeongnyundang, a lecture hall of about 155㎡, was built in January 1997, and other annexes were constructed since then. There are foundational history of Hyanggyo, messages for the framework-raising ceremony of Daeseongjeon(Hall of Confucius) and Myeongnyundang, and myojeong bi inside Donghae Hyanggyo.