the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law (IACL-AIDC)

2018 SEOUL 18-22 June 2018




"Violent Conflicts, Peace-Building

and Constitutional Law."

Venue : SungKyunKwan University (SKK Univ.)

                  Humanities and Social Sciences Campus


 About SungKyunKwan University


Sungkyunkwan University was founded at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty in 1398 as the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. As the oldest university in East Asia, it has fostered leaders of our society for over 600 years.


'SKKU's main ideology, 수기치인 (修己治人) pronounced 'Su-Gi-Chi-In', teaches that SKKU students strive to perfect themselves as leaders and contribute to our society. This ideology is the fundamental principle by which SKKU brought up leaders of our society for over 600 years,thus contributing to evolution of our society. Sungkyunkwan University,' continuously strives to integrate its founding

ation philosophy with the modern technology in order with a view to cultivateing global graduate’ s talents who will lead the 21st century.


Old Sungkyunkwan was founded over 600 years ago by royal decree to promote education the scholarship in Confucianism. As nation's highest educational institution, Old Sungkyunkwan went through vicissitudes change with the country it served over the centuries. Though a long history alone cannot guarantee the excellence of an institution, the rich culture, which exudes from a long radition, is surely a unique and valuable asset of the University. What the University has achieved in the past fifty years

meets and exceeds that of the preceding history. We take pride in the University's innovative spirit; as a result of the long efforts to place natural sciences on an equal footing with our strong foundation in humanities, we now operate two campuses: the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus and the Natural Sciences Campus.


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Old Sungkyunkwan


Almost every weekend, the campus bustles with guests at traditional wedding ceremonies

that are held in the grounds of the hall just inside the main gate. They mingle with the

tourists, who stand in awe of the beauty of the traditional architecture.


Main attractions for visitors are the two giant ginkgo trees (Natural Monument No. 59)

planted in 1519. Ginkgo trees have a symbolic meaning in Confucianism because

Confucius is said to have loved reading, pondering, and teaching his disciples

under a ginkgo tree.


The time-honored campus, most parts of which are designated as National Treasures,

is now a famous tourist spot. Traditionally, all Old Sungkyunkwan students stayed

in traditional dormitories called Dongjae and Seojae (meaning East Hall and West Hall



Though the rules were stringent, student life at Old Sungkyunkwan was never boring.

Students studied music, archery, horsemanship, mathematics, the Confucian classics,

and etiquette. The buildings were home to distinguished students of Confucian Studies.

Those selected to live there were granted full scholarships and this was considered as

a great honor.


To the north of Dongjae and Seojae stands Myeongnyundang, the main lecture hall.

Each early morning, with the sound of the drum signaling the beginning of the day,

students used to prostrate themselves once before entering the hall to receive a lecture

on Confucian teaching. Visitors can appreciate the traditional architecture of the building,

which consists of a middle hall and two wings.


Located in the west of Myeongnyundang is Bicheondang; built in 1664 its name means

”enlightening the great way” cited from the famous Confucianist Chu Xi. This building,

as well as Myeongnyundang, was a site for the state examination. The present building

was reconstructed in 1988 on the site of the original, which was burnt down

during the Korean War.


Jongyeonggak was built in 1475 as the first library in Korea. As the meaning of the name

(to revere the classics highly) implies, the volumes housed in the library were exclusively

Confucian books. During the Japanese occupation, most of the books were taken to

the library of Gyeongseong Imperial University (the predecessor of Seoul National University),

and remaining books were moved to the Central Library of the University after the completion

of the new campus in 1953.


The largest building on the old campus is Daeseongjeon, where the memorial tablets

of Confucius and his followers are enshrined. The calligraphy on the board over the gate

is the work of Seokbong Han Ho, one of the greatest calligraphers in the Joseon Dynasty.

Originally built in 1398, this building burned down during the invasion of 1592 and

was rebuilt in 1602. The shrine is an excellent example of the architecture of the time.

The Seokjeonjae, a ritual memorializing Confucius, is still observed here twice a year,

in the second and eighth months of the lunar calendar.


Hamabi (dismounting point) and Haryundae (parking place for sedan chairs)

in the front of the campus indicate that the Old Sungkyunkwan was a sacred place.

Even members of the royal family had to show their respect by dismounting and walking

as they entered the campus. Historically the president of Old Sungkyunkwan officiated

at the Confucius memorial service, at which the king was always present. Because

the king was merely a disciple before Confucius, he took off his royal robes and put

on plain clothes before he stepped into the courtyard of the Confucian Shrine.


Today, the University is respected as a guardian of the rich traditions of Korea.

In the 1997 Winter Universiade, the Sacred Torch was lit in the Amsadong prehistoric

remains, a site of early Korean times, and then taken to Old Sungkyunkwan amid

a gala festival before being delivered to Muju, the main venue of the games.

Fifty million Korean people shared the joyful and symbolic moment with youths

from all over the world who gathered under the sacred flame at the site of the historical

higher educational institution.




campus map

Law School

600th Anniversary

Memorial Hall



campus map site :



(07)  New Millennium Hall in 600th Anniversary Memorial Hall


    For – Opening Ceremony / Plenary Session / Closing Ceremony /

             IACL Committee Meeting / Organizer's Workshops A~D

















(20) Law school


   For - workshops # 1-27




















01 Main Gate      06 International Hall(9)      07 600th Anniversary Hall(1)

08 Central Library(7)     09 Student Center(8)      10 Faculty Hall(4)

11 Dasan Hall of Economics(32)     12 Toegye Hall of Humanities(31)

13 Hoam Hall(50)    14 Business School(33)  15 Geumjandi Square  16 Suseon Hall(61)

17 Suseon Hall Annex(62)    18 Yanghyeongwan(17)    19 International House

20 Law School(2)    21 Large Playground    22 Basketball court    24 Kingo House



07 Student Cafeteria   07 Faculty Cafeteria   10 Faculty Cafeteria

10 Faculty Cafeteria kitchen  10 Faculty Cafeteria  14 Golden Lawn Cafeteria 20 Cafeteria



Where to go in the venue (monuments / exhibitions )



You can go back to 600 years ago with just a few steps in the SungKyunKwan University

Humanities and Social Sciences Campus. There are some traditional buildings that were

used as the highest education institution of the Joseon Dynasty including 500 year-old

Ginkgo tree. The most intelligent scholars at the time studied and discussed various

philosophical subjects on human nature, politics, and metaphysics with Confucian

approaches at the traditional architectures. You may feel prudent academic atmosphere

in the middle of the tranquil garden and the sky of the buildings.  Also, there will be

a special exhibition for one of the oldest pandect in Korea at the university museum.



DaeSeongJeon (大成殿)


Right after passing by the main gate of the university, you can meet DaeSeongJeon,

a shrine of Confucius and his disciples. There are some memorial tablets of Confucianism

philosophers inside and several ancestral rites are performed for them. Since the founders

of the Joseon Dynasty wanted to build up a country based on the Confucianism theory,

those rites were the most important ceremony and ritual of Joseon Dynasty. Enormous

rules of the ritual was the most powerful and rigid law at the time. Also, you can

meet the 500 year-old Ginkgo tree in the garden. In Confucian tradition, a Ginkgo tree

had been thought as a symbol of learning after Confucius taught his disciples under

a Ginkgo tree.



MyeongYunDang (明倫堂)


‘MyeongYun(明倫)’ means ‘to delve into and practice the pure and sincere human

nature’. Most of the Confucianism scholars thoght that a faithful person can be a

good politician. Threfore the discussion on the nature of human, society, and politics

was important to run the Dynasty. Sometimes the King came to here and studied

Confucian scriptures with the scholars. There are some lecturerooms and a dormitory

for the students.



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