The Academy of Korean Studies

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Chinese Characters 韓國學中央硏究院
Field Culture and Education/Education
Type Institutions and Organizations/Institutions and Organizations (General)
Area 50 Unjung-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-doMap
Period Contemporary Period/Contemporary Period
Writer Im Dongju
[Definition]
A government-sponsored research institute that carries out research and education in Korean culture and promotes Korean studies, located at 50, Unjung-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do.

[Background and Purpose of Establishment]
The idea for the Academy of Korean Studies was conceived and proposed to the government by a group of senior academics led by the philosopher Park Jonghong, who, in the face of the increasingly dominant influence of Western culture, felt the need to establish a research institute to protect and preserve the traditional culture of Korea and guide the nation through changing times in matters affecting education and cultural identity. In January 1997, following the finalization of the establishment plan, the construction of the building to house the planned research institute was completed at its current location. On June 22, 1978, its establishment was formally approved by the Ministry of Culture and Education (currently the Ministry of Education and Human Resources) and the institute was opened on June 30 of the same year. On February 1, 2005, it was renamed as the Academy of Korean Studies, a name befitting its ambition to become a major reference point in the field of Korean studies. Its remit was also modified at this time, to the following: “To promote Korean studies through in-depth research and education in Korean culture and explore its future direction so as to contribute to the cultural advancement of the nation.”

[Organization]
The Academy of Korean Studies operates ten institutes, each of which conducts research in specialized subjects: the King Sejong Institute for Statecraft and Leadership; the Institute for Religion and Culture; the International Relations Institute for Northeast Asia; the Institute for Family Life and Culture; the Institute for the History of Everyday Life; the Institute of Culture and Plays; the Institute for Wisdom and Values; the Modern History Institute; the Institute for a Global Korean Community; and the Institute of Korean Studies. The Academy’s academic programs are offered through its Graduate School of Korean Studies. Other facilities and organizations run by the Academy include the Jangseogak Library, the Korea Center for Cultural Exchange, and the Korean Studies Information Center. The administrative affairs of the Academy are handled through its Office of Planning, Office of Research Affairs, and its Secretariat.

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