Yul-Gok is the pseudonym of the great philosopher Yi I (1536-1584 AD), nicknamed "the Confucius of Korea."
Ojuk-hon "Black Bamboo Shrine" is the birthplace of the prominent Confucian scholar/statesman/poet Yi I, more popularly known by his pen name Yul-Gok "Valley of Chestnuts". He was one of a select group of Neo-Confucianists who became powerful during the 16th century. Among the many positions he held were royal appointments as Korea's minister of personnel and war, and rector of the national academy.
Yi I was born on December 26, 1536. He was an infant prodigy who knew Chinese script at the age of three and composed poems in Chinese before the age of seven. By the age of seven, he had finished his lessons in the Confucian Classics. He passed the civil service examination in the literary department at the age of 13.
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