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Dongguk University Myeongjin Hall is the oldest building which was built after independence at Dongguk University Seoul Campus. Its current name was given in 1979. “Myeongjin” means consequently achieving development by developing culture and enlightening wisdom. It was designated as Registered Cultural Heritage No.735 on November 6th, 2018, since it was recognized that it expresses the symbolism as the main building of the university well and it has been preserved reasonably well even after many years while maintaining its contemporary architectural beauty. This building was completed in 1956 by Song Min-gu, one of the most distinguished modern architects of Korea.
Myeongjin Hall is a stone building following the general trend of architecture in the 1950s. It is a building with sophistication in exterior composition and detailed finish. In addition, it is a Tudor-style rebar concrete building finished with a stone exterior wall. The left and right end portions of this building, which are symmetrical to each other around the central tower, are inclined very sharply in the form of gable roof that looks like the book being upside down. The central tower on the fifth floor takes the form of a castle, and a sturdy support pillar of Romanesque style is also used. The lower entrance of the central tower borrows a Gothic arch.
Currently, it is mainly used as a liberal arts college, also including some science college lecture rooms and practice rooms. The interior has been renovated as a functional contemporary space. However, the original shape has been maintained. In addition, on the basement floor, there are the General Student Council(GSC) rooms of the College of Humanities and Natural Science, a bank and a post office.
/photograhphy by Hwang Chae-yeon
Paljeongdo is one of the most representative places that comes to mind when you think of Dongguk University. When friends from other schools visit Dongguk University, it is one of the first place to introduce. Paljeongdo refers to eight virtues that must be practiced to reach Nirvana, a state of enlightenment in Buddhism. Eight-pronged roads around central square show the founding ideology of our school. As it is located in the center of our campus and connected to other buildings, it is also a popular meeting place for students.
The statue of Buddha and three elephants located in Paljeongdo make us feel that our school has Buddhism as its founding ideology. The white elephant, which is also a symbol of our school, is considered as a spiritual animal with wisdom and virtue as it appears in the foundation mythology of Buddha. Three elephants surrounded by the pond create a mysterious atmosphere.
As a school established by Buddhism, to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday, lotus lanterns are hanged along eight-pronged roads of Paljeongdo. When the lanterns are lightened up in the night, beautiful night view makes us feel the proud as a Donggukian. You can also write up your wish on a card and hang it at the lotus lantern to make it come true.
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Manhae Poetry Memorial Stone & Dongguk 100 Years Memorial Stone
From the main gate to the rear gate of Dongguk University, there are notable memorial stones as you walk up the campus. There are two types of memorial stones representing Dongguk University. Manhae Poetry memorial stone and Dongguk 100 years memorial stone. Although they have a magnificent size and overwhelming grandeur just with the inscription on the memorial stone, these memorial stones are meaningful, and the space where the memorial stones are located is also a meeting place for students.
Manhae Poetry memorial stone is a symbolic monument of Dongguk University’s tradition built with respect and love for Master Manhae Han Yong-woon, the first graduate of Dongguk University. In addition, benches were installed around the memorial stone to create a new space where all people could meet and contemplate together. Master Manhae Han Yong-woon is an independence activist, monk, and poet who published a collection of poems called “Your Silence” and showed his lead in resistance literature at the time of Japanese colonial era. It is located on the right side of the main building of Dongguk University, and the Dongguk Post recommends looking at the Manhae Poetry memorial stone and feel the respect and love of Master Manhae Han Yong-woon.
Dongguk 100 years memorial stone is a monument erected in 2006 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Dongguk University’s opening. It is a monument with a commitment to show better performance in the future, looking back on the footsteps of Dongguk University, which has worked hard to provide and develop a good educational environment for students for 100 years. This monument is located in front of Jeonggakwon, and a time capsule delivered by the president of 2006 to the president of 2106 is also buried under the monument. You can see the passage of time at Dongguk University more vividly than anyone else.
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One of Dongguk University’s representative attractions is Jeonggakwon. Dongguk University was built with the aim of fostering talent with creative intelligence and virtue based on the Buddhist spirit. Jeonggakwon is a temple that allows students, faculty, and alumni to learn this Buddhist spirit more.
The Jeonggakwon building was originally Sungjeongjeon Hall of Gyeonghuigung Palace, where the former Seoul High School was located. The Jeonggakwon building was the center of Gyeonghuigung Palace, where the king accepted his servants’ felicitations and distributed political orders. In 1976, it was moved to its current location, and in 1977, it was reopened under the name Jeonggakwon. It is a building that shows the typical style of architecture in the late Joseon Dynasty and is designated as Seoul Metropolitan Tangible Cultural Property No. 20.
Jeonggakwon organizes courts and religious events for enrolled students, faculty members, and general believers. There are Monday morning Buddhist service, Wednesday Buddhist service for enrolled students, monthly Buddhist service for faculties, and weekly Thursday Buddhist service for everyone. It also invites Buddhist monks, prominent Buddhist scholars, and celebrities working in various fields. It is also carrying out tasks such as fostering scholarships for young Buddhist leaders and running choirs.
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