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The Forms: Yul Gok

Yul Gok is the pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536-1584 AD) nicknamed the “Confucius of Korea.” [Yul Gok Diagram] He was so brilliant that he passed the national civil service examination at the age of 13. He participated in national affairs and held various government appointments. Later on, he resigned from government service and returned home, devoting himself to writing. He published many books on philosophy, Confucianism and public administration. Yul Gok pointed out various shortcomings of the governmental system, and suggested reforms which had tremendous impact on social policy in the Yi Dynasty. Anticipating the Japanese invasion, he also advised maintaining an army of 100,000 soldiers. The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 38th parallel and the diagram ± represents the character for the word “scholar”.  Click HERE for more information.

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