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UNESCO council recommends Confucian academies for UNESCO World Heritage inscription

Nine of South Korea’s Confucian academies have been recommended by a UNESCO council to be inscribed on its World Heritage List, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Tuesday.

The CHA said it has been notified by UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites of the recommendation made on “Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies.” The application for World Heritage inscription had been under deliberation since January 2018.

Seowon were educational facilities of the Joseon period (1392-1910), which also served as libraries, publishing houses and venues for discussing social and political matters. They were also places where renowned Confucian scholars were honored.

Byeongsan Seowon in Andong, one of nine Confucian academies up for inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Yonhap)
Byeongsan Seowon in Andong, one of nine Confucian academies up for inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Yonhap)


According to the CHA, seowon have outstanding universal value because they contributed to the spread