South Korea Travel : Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원)

Ending our exciting exploration of Andong Hahoe Folk Village [UNESCO World Heritage] (안동 하회마을) we head off next to our last planned stop for this trip in Andong, Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원).

Part of the Historic Site No. 260 that contains about 3,000 books of about 1,000 different types, including Seo Ae’s collection of books, Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원) is a Confucian School that was established to pay tribute to the memory of Seong-nyong Yu (1542-1607) whom were well-respected for his writings and personality.

Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원) was one of the 47 places in Korea and the 2 in Andong that was not destroyed during the ruling of Daewongun in 1868 (Politician of Joseon Imperial family, 1820 ~ 1898).

The history of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원) began with Ryu Sung Ryong moved to Andong in 1572 from Pungak Seodang, an educational institution of Salim. After the passing of Ryu Sung-Ryong in 1670, the local Confucian spirits such as Chung Kyung-Se founded Jongduk Temple and enshrined its ancestral tablet to commemorate his academic work and virtues. It was renamed as Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원) in 1614.



Seong-nyong Yu mortuary tablet is enshrined in Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원).

A beautiful and serene area protected by the mountains and Nakdong-gang River, our exploration of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원) unfortunately were very short.


We got to Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원) by taking the Public Bus, Bus No 46 from Andong Hahoe Folk Village (안동 하회마을). It took us about 10 minutes to get to Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원). It is the last stop of for Bus No 46. The driver will then wait at the waiting area and head off at the scheduled timing.

We took the last bus of the day, so our stop were very short. We only had 10 minutes to walk to Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy (병산서원) from the drop off point and back. So, we were only able to take a quick photo surrounding before having to return back to the drop off point to take the last bus of the day heading back to Andong Hahoe Folk Village (안동 하회마을) where we took a quick stop to grab some buns before having to head back into Andong Bus Terminal for our bus back to Seoul.

Indeed a fun exploration of Andong. A beautiful and historical place. Hopefully we would be able to return again one day for more exploration and to try the popular dish of the area, Andong-jjimdak (안동찜닭).



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