Sosuseowon Confucian Academy [영주소수서원/榮州 紹修書院]

The King's Affection (2021); Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (2019); Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (2016); Chuno (2010)

Young Jung Ji-un (Ko Woo-rim) chases after his father Jung Seok-jo (Bae Soo-bin), who was in pursuit of a young court maid on the outskirts of this location, in episode 2 The King’s Affection/Yeonmo (연모) (KBS2, 2021). Ji-un watches in horror as Seok-jo kills her mercilessly – not knowing that young Dam-i (Choi Myung-bin) had also witnessed that horrific scene.

This compound appears as the ‘Royal Villa in Onyang’ in episode 6 (full episode 3) of Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (신입사관 구해령) (MBC, 2019) where Lee Rim (Cha Eun-woo) heads to escape from his boring palace life. Here, he sees a tombstone but when looking for it again at night, he is unable to find it.

Kim Yoon-Sung’s (Jung Jin-young) favorite hide-out is underneath the ancient cypress trees of this site in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds/Love in the Moonlight (구르미 그린 달빛) (KBS2, 2016). He shows it to Hong Ra-On (Kim You-jung) in episode 3 and since then it also becomes her place to come if she needs to think things through as in episode 7 where Yoon-sung finds her here and gifts her with a dress.

This was also a main filming site for Chuno/The Slave Hunters (추노) (KBS2, 2010). (see details here – in Korean)

Movie Filmed Here

A Frozen Flower (쌍화점) (2008)

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Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, Yeongju / Sosu Seowon [영주소수서원/榮州 紹修書院]] was a ‘seowon‘ (서원), i.e. a local private prep school that prepared children from the aristocratic class for national civil service examinations. Seowons were the most common education institutions in the mid- to late Joseon Dynasty.

This academy was established as ‘Baekundong Seowon’ [백운동 서원/白雲洞 書院] in 1542 by a local county chief, Ju Se-bung (주세붕/周世鵬, 1495–1554). It was then renamed in 1550 to its current name by King Myeongjong, and was the first seowon whose name was bestowed by a king.

Now a major tourist destination, Sosuseowon was designated as South Korean Historic Site No.55 (사적 제55호) in 1963 and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2019. It is located in the village Naejuk [Naejuk-ri/내죽리] in Yeongju’s Sunheung Township [Sunheung-myeon/순흥면] — around 2 hrs 45 mins south-east of Seoul by car and 3.5 hrs by public transport. The Sosu Museum [소수박물관] in which Confucian-related items are exhibited, as well as the folk village Seonbichon [선비촌], which is also known as the “cradle of Korean Confucianism“, are adjacent to this location.

Address
2740, Sobaek-ro, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
경북 영주시 순흥면 소백로 2740
(순흥면 내죽리 151-2)
Geolocation: 36.925493, 128.580293

— submitted by Marion KDL & deanekitty29
The King’s Affection added by Mich KDL

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