Jeong Dojeon (鄭道傳, 정도전, 1342-1398) was a literati bureaucrat and politician, best known for helping established the new Chosun dynasty (朝鮮, 조선, 1392-1910) and laying down its foundations. (He was also recently popularized in a Korean period drama that I have yet to watch.) He was of the Bonghwa Jeong Clan (奉化鄭氏, 봉화정씨); his courtesy name (字, 자) was Jongji (宗之, 종지); his pen name (號, 호) was Sambong (三峰, 삼봉); and his posthumous name (諡, 시) was Munheon (文憲, 문헌). He was born to a gentry family, but his ancestors up till his father had held mostly low ranking bureaucratic positions. Jeong Dojeon together with his friend Jeong Mongju (鄭夢周, 정몽주, 1338-1392) studied Neo-Confucianism under the tutelage of the famous scholar Yi Saek (李穡, 이색, 1328-1396). At the age of 20 in 1362, he passed Goryeo’s civil examination and in 1370 was awarded a position at Sungkyunkwan (成均館, 성균관), the national education academy. As the Yuan…
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” A wise man can acquaint himself with them before the morning is over; a stupid man can learn them in the space of ten days”
If you came to our first meeting on Thursday you would have heard our brief explanation on one of the biggest holidays in South Korea. However there is so much more that we didn’t even get to cover! So here’s an in depth look at Chuseok, which is sometimes referred to as “Korean Thanksgiving”.
What is Chuseok?
It was originally called “한가위”, which literally means “big center” or “great middle”, because the holiday traditionally takes place during mid-autumn.
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In dreams and in life nothing is impossible because the word it self says I’m possible