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Oksan Seowon & Around/South Korea

Introducing Oksan Seowon & Around

A seowon is a Confucian academy, and Oksan Seowon was one of the most important. It was established in 1572 in honour of Yi Eon-jeok (1491–1553) by another famous Confucian scholar, Toegye. Oksan Seowon was enlarged in 1772 and was one of the few seowon to escape destruction in the 1860s. However, an early-20th-century fire destroyed some of the buildings here; today only 14 structures remain.

During the summer holiday period, the banks of the stream are popular camping spots, and swimming is possible in the rock pools below the waterfall. It’s also a great place for a picnic.