Yonsei University
Yonsei University (jənseː) is a Christian
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament...

 private research university, located in Seoul
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, South Korea
South Korea
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. Established in 1885, it is one of the oldest universities in South Korea, the top private comprehensive universities in South Korea, and is widely regarded as one of the top three comprehensive universities in the country.

Yonsei university is one of Korean universities ranked in all three ARWU World University Ranking, QS World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings
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, and The Times World University Ranking in 2010, along with Seoul National University
Seoul National University
Seoul National University , colloquially known in Korean as Seoul-dae , is a national research university in Seoul, Korea, ranked 24th in the world in publications in an analysis of data from the Science Citation Index, 7th in Asia and 42nd in the world by the 2011 QS World University Rankings...

KAIST , is located in Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon, South Korea. KAIST was established by the Korean government in 1971 as the nation's first research oriented science and engineering institution. The QS-The Times World University Rankings in the year of 2009 placed KAIST 69th overall and 21st in...

, and POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology
Pohang University of Science and Technology
Pohang University of Science and Technology or POSTECH is a private university, based in Pohang, South Korea, which is dedicated to research and education in science and technology...

). Also, in 2011, Yonsei University was ranked the 129th in QS World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings
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, and 190th in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings
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The university was formally established in January, 1957 through the union of Yonhi College (연희전문학교; 延禧專門學校) and Severance Union Medical College
Severance Hospital
The Severance Hospital of the Yonsei University Health System is a hospital located in Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, South Korea. It is the second biggest university hospital in Korea just behind Seoul National University Hospital. It has 3,700 beds, approximately 3,000,000 outpatients and 1,000,000...

 (세브란스 의과대학; 세브란스 醫科大學). This was a result of a lasting bilateral cooperation between the two colleges which had begun in the 1920s. The institutions were new to Korea at the time of their inception — Yonhi College was one of the first modern colleges, founded originally as Chosun Christian College (조선기독교대학; 朝鮮基督教大學) in March, 1915, and Severance has its roots in the first modern medical center in Korea, Gwanghyewon (광혜원 廣惠院, House of Extended Grace), founded in April, 1885. As a tribute, the name 'Yonsei' was derived from the first syllables of the names of its two parent institutions, 'Yon; 연; 延' from Yonhi College and 'Sei; 세; 世' from Severance Union Medical College.

As of April 1, 2009, Yonsei University has a main campus in Seoul
Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world...

, a secondary campus in Wonju
Wonju is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea.Wonju is a city approximately east of Seoul and the capital can be reached within 1hr 30minutes by bus or train. Wonju is home to three major universities which attract many students from Seoul and elsewhere. They provide facilities...

, South Korea, 26,530 undergraduate students, 11,437 graduate students, and 4,178 faculty members.

Beginnings (1885 - 1916)

The Yonsei University Medical School dates back to April 10, 1885, when the first modern hospital to practice western medicine in Korea, Gwanghyewon, was established.

The hospital was founded by Horace Newton Allen
Horace Newton Allen
Horace Newton Allen was a Protestant medical missionary and a diplomat from the United States to Korea at the end of the Joseon Dynasty.-Biography:He was born in Delaware, Ohio on April 23, 1858. He lreceived his B.S...

, the American
United States
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 protestant missionary
A missionary is a member of a religious group sent into an area to do evangelism or ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care and economic development. The word "mission" originates from 1598 when the Jesuits sent members abroad, derived from the Latin...

 appointed to Korea by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A (from here on the Church). The hospital was renamed Jejungwon
Jae Joong Won
Jae Joong Won is founded in 1885, and known as the first Western medical institution in Korea. After Jae Joong Won, a lot of Western Hospital started to build in Korea.-Establishment from Gwanghyewon:...

(제중원 濟衆院, House of Universal Helpfulness) on April 23. As there appeared numerous difficulties, the Church appointed Oliver R. Avison to run Jejungwon on July 16, 1893. Initially, Gwanghyewon was financed by the Korean government, while the medical staff was provided by the Church. However, by 1894 when the First Sino-Japanese War
First Sino-Japanese War
The First Sino-Japanese War was fought between Qing Dynasty China and Meiji Japan, primarily over control of Korea...

 and Gabo reforms (갑오개혁) took place, the government was not able to continue its financial support and thus, management of Jejungwon now came fully under the Church. In 1899 Avison returned to the U.S. and attended a conference of missionaries in New York
New York
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 where he elaborated on the medical project in Korea. Louis H. Sevrance, a businessman and philanthropist from Cleveland, Ohio
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, was present and deeply moved. He later paid for the major portion of the construction cost of new buildings for the medical facility. Jejungwon (제중원) was renamed Severance Hospital
Severance Hospital
The Severance Hospital of the Yonsei University Health System is a hospital located in Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, South Korea. It is the second biggest university hospital in Korea just behind Seoul National University Hospital. It has 3,700 beds, approximately 3,000,000 outpatients and 1,000,000...

 in his name.

Jejungwon (later Severance Hospital
Severance Hospital
The Severance Hospital of the Yonsei University Health System is a hospital located in Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, South Korea. It is the second biggest university hospital in Korea just behind Seoul National University Hospital. It has 3,700 beds, approximately 3,000,000 outpatients and 1,000,000...

) was primarily a hospital but it also performed medical education as an attachment. The hospital admitted its first class of 16 medical students selected through examinations in 1886, one year after its establishment. By 1899, Jejungwon Medical School was independently and officially recognized. Following the increase of diversity in missionary denominations in Korea, collaboration began to form — with time, Jejungwon began to receive medical staff, school faculty and financial support from the Union Council of Korean Missionaries (한국연합선교협의회; 韓國聯合宣敎協議會) in 1912. Accordingly, the medical school was renamed Severance Union Medical College in 1913.

The rest of Yonsei University traces its origins to Chosun Christian College, which was founded on March 5, 1915, by another American Protestant missionary sent by the Church, Horace Grant Underwood
Horace Grant Underwood
Horace Grant Underwood was a Presbyterian missionary, educator, and translator who dedicated his life to developing the Korean society and Christianity.-Early life:...

. Underwood became the first president, and Avison vice president. It was located at the YMCA
The Young Men's Christian Association is a worldwide organization of more than 45 million members from 125 national federations affiliated through the World Alliance of YMCAs...

. Courses began in April with 60 students and 18 faculty members.

Underwood died of illness on October 12, 1916, and Avison took over as president.

Under Japanese Rule(I) (1917 - 1936)

On August 22, 1910, Japan annexed Korea
Korea under Japanese rule
Korea was under Japanese rule as part of Japan's 35-year imperialist expansion . Japanese rule ended in 1945 shortly after the Japanese defeat in World War II....

 with the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty
Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty
The Japan–Korea Treaty of 1910, also known as the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty, was made by representatives of the Empire of Japan and the Korean Empire in 1910. Negotiations were concluded on August 20, 1910...

. The first Governor-General of Korea
Governor-General of Korea
The post of Japanese Governor-General of Korea served as the chief administrator of the Japanese government in Korea while it was held as the Japanese colony of Chōsen from 1910 to 1945...

, Terauchi Masatake
Terauchi Masatake
, GCB was a Japanese military officer and politician. He was a Field Marshal in the Imperial Japanese Army and the 18th Prime Minister of Japan from 9 October 1916 to 29 September 1918.-Early period:...

, introduced Ordinance on Chosun Education (조선교육령; 朝鮮敎育令) in 1911, and subsequently Regulations on Professional Schools (전문학교 규칙) and Revised Regulations on Private Schools (개정사립학교 규칙) in March, 1915. These were intended to stifle private education in Korea; any establishment of schools, any change in school regulations, location, its purpose, coursework or textbooks must all be reported to and authorized by the governor-general, and all courses must be in Japanese. Severance Union College struggled to meet these requirements; school regulations and coursework were altered, faculty evaluated and enlarged, its foundation and its board clarified. It received its recognition as a professional medical school on May 14, 1917. In 1922 the governor-general Makoto Saito
Saito Makoto
Viscount was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy, two-time Governor-General of Korea from 1919 to 1927 and from 1929 to 1931, and the 30th Prime Minister of Japan from May 26, 1932 to July 8, 1934.-Early life:...

 issued Revised Ordinance on Chosun Education (개정조선교육령). It called for more strict qualification of the faculty, and Severance reacted obediently and further recruited more members with degrees from credited institutions in North America and Europe. Japan did not completely ignore the competence of this institution; in 1923 Severance recovered its right to give medical license to its graduates without state examination, a right which had been lost since 1912. Moreover in March, 1934, Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture further recognized Severance in allowing its graduates the right to practice medicine anywhere within Japanese sovereignty.

Oh Geung Seon (오경선; 吳兢善) became the first Korean president of Severance in 1934.

Ordinances in 1915 and 1922 also affected the fate of Chosun Christian College. First intended as a college, it was not legally recognized as such, since the Ordinance (1915) did not allow the establishment of Korean private colleges. Hence Chosun Christian College, now renamed Yonhi College, was formally accepted only as a professional school on April 17, 1917, then a joint project from diverse missionary denominations. However, Yonhi in reality had formed the organization and faculty becoming a university; it consisted 6 departments: humanities, agriculture, commerce, theology (this department did not open due to the differences among the founding denominations), mathematics & physics, and applied chemistry. The ordinances, furthermore, prohibited coursework in Korean history, its geography
Korean Peninsula
The Korean Peninsula is a peninsula in East Asia. It extends southwards for about 684 miles from continental Asia into the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by the Sea of Japan to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west, the Korea Strait connecting the first two bodies of water.Until the end of...

, or in Bible
Biblical studies
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 outside the department of theology; council of missionaries reacted with A Resolution on the Revised Educational Ordinance (개정교육령에 관한 결의문) which carefully pointed out that Japan did not apply such rigorous absurdities to its private schools in mainland Japan.

After March First Independence Movement swept the peninsula in 1919, Japan somewhat relaxed its grip on Korea, and this is reflected in the Ordinance (1922). It ceased the arbitrary control of governor-general over the coursework and the qualification of faculty members, and altered its stance on strict separation of religion from all education. It also recognized Yonhi as a professional school equal to its counterparts in Japan, and permitted the Christian programs and the Bible in its coursework. Nevertheless, Japanese literature became mandatory in turn. Under Japanese intervention, Korean history was taught under the name Eastern History and Korean language was taught whenever possible.

Department of agriculture was closed after 1922 when only its first graduates left Yonhi. There were efforts to revive this department, without much success. However, Yonhi installed a training center for agricultural leaders on campus, with impressive results.

Yonhi was liberal in its admission of non-Christians. Its policy was to admit non-Christians relatively freely and allow the majority Christian students to gradually influence and assimilate them.

Under Japanese Rule(II): The War Machine (1937 - 1945)

In the late 1930s, Japan again shifted its policy towards Korea in order to incorporate it to its scheme of expansionism. In August, 1936, the new Japanese Governor-General Jirō Minami
Jiro Minami
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 began the assimilation of Koreans, in order to exploit them for military purposes; Governor-General enforced Sōshi-kaimei
Sōshi-kaimei was a policy created by Jiro Minami, Governor-General of Korea under the Empire of Japan, implemented upon Japanese subjects from Korea . As defined by Ordinance No...

 and Shintoism on Koreans, and began to recruit Koreans for Japanese war efforts. In April,1938 the third Ordinance on Chosun Education ordered the acceptance of Shintoism, voluntary removal of Korean language in coursework and further intensification of Japanese and Japanese history education. However, Yonhi Professional School did not follow suit and opened courses on the study of Korean language in November, 1938. This was not tolerated for long and in March, 1940, Yonhi was forced to open courses on Japanese studies for each department and each year. From 1938, English also began to come under pressure following a deterioration of relations between Japan and United States; coursework in English was forbidden and texts of English writers were censored. In 1938, President H.H. Underwood accepted the practice of Shintoism to avoid the fate of Yonhi's termination. Governors-General pushed Yonhi to refuse financial support from United States and financial difficulties amounted.

On individual level, Yonhi faculty members and its students were apprehended or investigated during this period for their involvement in real and alleged resistance movements.

In 1939, the United States government recalled all its citizens and missionaries in Korea; Underwood and some of the faculty refused to leave Korea until forced to in 1941-1942 following the outbreak of the pacific war
Pacific War
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. Japanese military officers were dispatched in Yonhi for military training of its students in 1940 and forced labor began in 1941. Scientific equipments, building parts, and even the Underwood statue were seized then the school yard was turned into drill ground. Due to their value in the time of war, medical students of Severance were not a target of "voluntary recruitment," but Severance also faced Sōshi-kaimei, military training, and constant surveillance by the Japanese authorities. Severance was coerced into changing its name to Asahi(旭) in 1942.

On August 17, 1942, the board was dismissed and Yonhi was designated as enemy property, and thus was appropriated and further managed directly by an appointee from the Governors-General. Yonhi ceased to be a place of education and was converted into a tool for assimilation of Koreans and exploitation of manpower. By October, 1943, students were practically being conscripted. In 1944 dormitories were converted into barracks and campus was occupied by the Japanese air force. Finally, on May 10, 1944, Governors-General closed Yonhi and replaced it with Kyungsung Industrial Management School (경성공업경영학교), the primary purpose of which was to train engineers required to continue the war.

Resistance against Japanese rules

Both Severance and Yonhi were closely involved in Korean independence movements. Many faculty members of Severance and Yonhi were directly involved in the March First Independence Movement, as were their students. Severance continued its contribution by printing The Independence in the basement of one of its buildings, and Yonhi was as active as any other school, so that by the end of the movement only 17 students were left. Yonhi students were active participants of Chosun Student Council for Scientific Research (조선학생과학연구회), which was one of the leading groups in the Mansei Movement of June 10, 1926. Yonhi Student Council and many faculty members belonging to the clandestine New Stem Association (신간회 新幹會) gave full support to the Gwangju Student Independence Movement
Gwangju Student Independence Movement
The Gwangju Student Independence Movement , or Gwangju Student Movement was a Korean independence movement in Gwangju against the 22 August 1910 to 15 August 1945 Japanese rule of Korea. The Gwangju Student Independence Movement took place in October and November 1929...

 (광주학생독립운동); in the aftermath, students were apprehended, and Shin Gan Society was exposed. Later on, students actively participated in V Narod (브나로드) and Student Enlightenment Movement (학생계몽운동) during 1929 - 1930.

The Yonhi School, under Japanese oppression in 1940s, still kept producing Korean patriots who fought for Korean independence. In 1942, the Japanese Colonial Government of Korea arrested 33 Korean scholars of Korean language including three faculty members of Yonhi and prominent Korean language scholars, Choi Hyun Bae (최현배; 崔鉉培), Lee Yun Jae (이윤재; 李允宰), and Kim Do Yeon (金度演; 김도연) and other graduates of the school including Jung Tae Jin (정태진; 丁泰鎭) and Kim Yoon Kyung (김윤경; 金允經) for organizing the Joseon Language Society (조선어학회; 朝鮮語學會; now Korean Language Society
Korean Language Society
Korean Language Society is a society of hangul and Korean language research, founded in 1908 by Kim Jeongjin.It established a Korean orthography in 1933....

; 한글학회; 한글學會), studying Korean language, and attempting to publish a Korean language dictionary. Lee Yun Jae died in jail in 1942 from torture and harsh treatment, 11 were found guilty, and 5 including Choi Hyun Bae were imprisoned. The Japanese Colonial Court found them guilty because "behaviors such as publishing of a Korean language dictionary is a form of nationality movement to maintain the spirit of Joseon." Also, Yun Dong-ju (윤동주; 尹東柱), a 1941 graduate of Yonhi School, joined the Korean independence movement, left many poems about patriotism and self-reflection, imprisoned by Japanese, and died from torture and harsh treatment in 1944.

As tributes to their efforts, Yonsei University has constructed a monument called 'Yonsei Hangultap' (A Monument for Korean Language by Yonsei; 연세 한글탑; 延世 한글塔), a monument for Yun Dong Ju (윤동주 시비; 尹東柱 詩碑), and bust statues of Choi Hyun Bae and Kim Yoon Kyung in its Seoul Campus.

Liberation and the Korean War (1946–1952)

Severance was approved as a college by the liberated Korean government in 1947. Since the majority of medical institutions in Korea was run by the Japanese, medical staff and faculty were in short supply after their departure. Thus many members of Severance staff and faculty left to assist other institutions. Severance also took up the role of student leadership and was outspoken against US-Soviet occupation
United States Army Military Government in Korea
The United States Army Military Government in Korea, also known as USAMGIK, was the official ruling body of the southern half of the Korean Peninsula from September 8, 1945 to August 15, 1948...

. In 1950, during the outbreak of the Korean War, Severance functioned as a field hospital until Seoul was overrun. Severance fled hurriedly but some faculty members and students were unable to leave in time; some were killed and others were captured then exploited by the advancing North Koreans. Severance seniors joined the military as army surgeons. Although Severance returned to Seoul for a while after its recapture, it had to flee again in December on a LST in Incheon
The Incheon Metropolitan City is located in northwestern South Korea. The city was home to just 4,700 people when Jemulpo port was built in 1883. Today 2.76 million people live in the city, making it Korea’s third most populous city after Seoul and Busan Metropolitan City...

. When Severance arrived in Busan
Busan , formerly spelled Pusan is South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of around 3.6 million. The Metropolitan area population is 4,399,515 as of 2010. It is the largest port city in South Korea and the fifth largest port in the world...

, its medical school joined the wartime college, a temporary body. Meanwhile, the Severance facility in Seoul received heavy damage, as it was in the center of the city near Seoul station
Seoul Station
Seoul Station is a major railway station in Seoul, South Korea. The station is served by the Gyeongbu Line, its high-speed counterpart and the Gyeongui Line, with frequent high-speed, express, and local services to various points in South Korea.-Services:...

. Severance Hospital again returned on April 1, 1952, and its medical college on June 12, 1952.

The U.S. military initially neglected the restitution Yonhi and held other plans to use it as a military hospital or judiciary training center. With time, nevertheless, Yonhi came to be viewed as a missionary institution that was dispossessed by the Governor-General.

Yonhi was able to open its doors again on January 21, 1946 and, on August 15, 1946, was recognized as a university. Baek Nak Jun became president. It was a period of transition, and Yonhi University faced numerous obstacles including financial ones; after 1947 things settled down. At the time, Korea lacked teachers and Yonhi was asked to provide education and training; the Temporary Training Center for Secondary School Teachers in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (임시 수물화학과 중등교원양성소) was established. In December 1948, plans for unification of Yonhi and Severance began to take form. The Graduate School was formed in July 1950.

At this point, all progress came to a halt due to the Korean War. The university suspended all courses on June 27 and recruited student soldiers. The North Korean military advanced into the Yonhi campus and established its headquarters there. This was a cause of severe damage to the campus when the U.S. military recaptured Seoul in September. The university reopened following the recapture of Seoul, but it was once more on the run to Busan in December. In February 1951, Yonhi joined the wartime college; however, Yonhi kept an independent body and opened its own courses on October 3, 1951. On April 15, 1953 Yonhi began its work on restoration; Yonhi returned to its campus in the fall.

1953 - 1959

In 1957, Severance Medical College and Hospital and Yonhi University merged to form Yonsei University. Today, Yonsei operates its main campus in Seoul and a satellite campus in Wonju
Wonju is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea.Wonju is a city approximately east of Seoul and the capital can be reached within 1hr 30minutes by bus or train. Wonju is home to three major universities which attract many students from Seoul and elsewhere. They provide facilities...

, Gangwon
Gangwon-do (South Korea)
Gangwon-do is a province of South Korea, with its capital at Chuncheon. Before the division of Korea in 1945, Gangwon and its North Korean neighbour Kangwŏn formed a single province.-History:...


Sources: The sections Beginnings, Under Japanese Rule(I), Under Japanese Rule(II): The War Machine, Liberation and the Korean War are largely based on 연세대학교백년사 100 Years of Yonsei University History, Yonsei University Press.


Yonsei University is a school founded on Christian
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 principles and purporting to "produce Christian leaders with the spirits of freedom and truth". The Christian character of the university is also well illustrated by its history as a school originally founded by American Protestant missionaries and by its school motto from the bible
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, "The truth will set you free" (John
Gospel of John
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 8:32). As of 2007, the Board of Directors of Yonsei University should include a member from 4 Korean Christian organizations, The Presbyterian Church of Korea (대한예수교장로회), the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (한국기독교장로회), the Korean Methodist Church (기독교대한감리회), and the Anglican Church of Korea
Anglican Church of Korea
The Anglican Church of Korea is the province of the Anglican Communion in North and South Korea. Founded in 1889, it has over 120 parish and mission churches with a total membership of roughly 65,000 people.-Birth of the Anglican Church of Korea:...

In Korea and Japan, Christian schools founded by Christian organizations or individuals, especially by Western missionaries, such as Yonsei University, are commonly called mission schools.

The conflict between a school's founding ideology and a student's freedom of religion
Freedom of religion
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 has been a controversy in South Korean society for some time. As of 2009, a student does not have to be an active Christian
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 to be admitted to Yonsei University. However, he or she is required to attend weekly chapel hours which consist of sermon
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s and public prayer
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s, similar to other mission schools in South Korea such as Ewha Woman's University, Seoul Women's University
Seoul Women's University
Seoul Women's University is a private women's university in Seoul, South Korea.-History:Seoul Women's University is located in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The school was founded in December 1960 by the Presbyterian Church of Korea. The original idea was conceived in the 1920s but permission...

, Soongsil University
Soongsil University
Soongsil University is a private Christian university in South Korea. The campus is located in 511 Sangdo-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul.- History :...

, and Hannam University
Hannam University
Hannam University is a private Christian university in Daejeon, South Korea. It was founded in 1956. Hannam University has been constantly recognized as one of top universities in Asia ranked 191st in Asia by QS Asian Universities Ranking in 2010....

. As of 2004, a student of Yonsei University is required to attend weekly chapel hours for 4 semesters and take one Christianity-related class in order to graduate. These requirements are enforced strictly by thorough attendance checks. A student in Soongsil University sued the university for the limitation of his freedom of religion in 1995 when he could not obtain his bachelor's degree because he did not attend chapel hours, but the Korean court ruled in favor of the school, stating that the school regulation had not limited students' freedom of religion.

Yonsei University recently entered an agreement with The United Methodist Church, in which the university will serve as the regional office for the Methodist Global Education Fund for Leadership Development.

Rivalry with Korea University

Each claiming to be the best private university in South Korea, Yonsei University and Korea University
Korea University
Korea University is a prestigious nonsectarian, private research university located primarily in Seoul, South Korea, and one of the SKY universities, a historical acronym used in South Korea to refer to Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. Founded by Lee Yong-ik in...

 have had a rivalry that is longer and more intense than any other rivalries between other universities in South Korea. This can be compared to the rivalries between Oxford University and Cambridge University in the U.K., Waseda University
Waseda University
, abbreviated as , is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan and Asia. Its main campuses are located in the northern part of Shinjuku, Tokyo. Founded in 1882 as Tokyo Senmon Gakko, the institution was renamed "Waseda University" in 1902. It is known for its liberal climate...

 and Keio University
Keio University
,abbreviated as Keio or Keidai , is a Japanese university located in Minato, Tokyo. It is known as the oldest institute of higher education in Japan. Founder Fukuzawa Yukichi originally established it as a school for Western studies in 1858 in Edo . It has eleven campuses in Tokyo and Kanagawa...

 in Japan, and De La Salle University
De La Salle University
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 and Ateneo de Manila University
Ateneo de Manila University
The Ateneo de Manila University is a private teaching and research university run by the Society of Jesus in the Philippines. It began in 1859 when the City of Manila handed control of the Escuela Municipal de Manila in Intramuros, Manila, to the Jesuits...

 in the Philippines.

The rivalry is well-illustrated by famous annual sports matches between two universities. This event, starting from 1925, is called Yon Ko Jeon (연고전; 延高戰) in the years when Korea University hosts the matches, and called Ko Yon Jeon (고연전; 高延戰) when Yonsei University hosts the matches. The annual one-time matches include soccer, baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

, basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

, rugby
Rugby football
Rugby football is a style of football named after Rugby School in the United Kingdom. It is seen most prominently in two current sports, rugby league and rugby union.-History:...

, and ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

Many students in each university come to this event to cheer for their teams, and the event has a significant meaning as many influential alumni of each school are very interested in the result for the sake of their school spirit.

In 2011, out of the five sports, Yonsei University lost three (basketball, rugby, soccer), drew on one (ice hockey), and won one (baseball).

University shield

The "ㅇ" and "ㅅ" in the University shield derived from the first letters of each syllable in "연세"(Yonsei).
The circle "ㅇ" represents the ideal of a complete and well-rounded person, while the "ㅅ" symbolizes the upward-looking striving for scholarly excellence. In addition, the "ㅇ" stands for Heaven(天), the "ㅡ" represents the horizon of the Earth(地), and "ㅅ" signifies Man(人) as expressed in the Chinese character. The open book stands for Truth, the torchlight signifies Freedom, and the shield protects these two core principles of the University.

Yonsei Songdo Global Academic Complex

Originally agreed to on May 8, 2006 between the city of Incheon
The Incheon Metropolitan City is located in northwestern South Korea. The city was home to just 4,700 people when Jemulpo port was built in 1883. Today 2.76 million people live in the city, making it Korea’s third most populous city after Seoul and Busan Metropolitan City...

 and Yonsei University, the Yonsei Songdo Global Academic Complex will be an anchor of the R&D aspect of the Songdo area and bolster the Korean education and research industries. Construction will be in two phases with the first phase including the Global Campus, Joint University Campus, R&D Campus, and the Global Academic Village. Phase one is expected to be complete in 2010 allowing phase two to begin the next year in 2011 with further expansion.

The Joint University Campus aspect of the project is expected to be either an overseas campus of a major foreign research university or a joint campus created and managed between such a university and Yonsei University. This joint campus will be integrated and fully compatible with the Yonsei University program.

The Construction of the Yonsei Songdo Global Academic Complex begins on 26, November, 2008.

Colleges and programs

Seoul Campus

International Campus

The list below is tentative and will be confirmed at a future date.
  • Underwood International College
  • School of Asian Studies
  • College of Engineering (fusion majors)
  • Global Business Undergraduate Program
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Pre-med/Pre-dental Program
  • University College Premium Education Program
  • College of Medi-Bio & Science Technology (graduate program)

Wonju Campus

Graduate Schools

Graduate Schools at Wonju Campus

Medical Center


There are more than 100 clubs at Yonsei University; the clubs listed here are not necessarily representative of clubs on campus.
  • Avenante is the only mixed chorus in Yonsei University, composed of both music and non-music majors. Concerts are given twice a year. The club practices a variety of songs in many genres, from Missa Solemnis to pop songs to traditional Korean songs. (Official homepage: http://www.freechal.com/ave)

  • The International Yonsei Community (IYC) was founded in 1995 for global, multi-cultural exchange in the Yonsei society, including among the hundreds of students on campus from around the world. It upholds a universal idea of contributing to the worldwide foundation of wisdom and knowledge; overcoming cultural, racial and academic gaps; and promoting unity based on deep understanding. (Official homepage: http://www.iycian.com)

  • SIFE
    SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders...

     Yonsei University
    was the first "Students In Free Enterprise" team in the Republic of Korea. Since its launch in 2004, SIFE Yonsei University has been playing a key role in SIFE Republic of Korea. So far, Yonsei SIFE has worked on 16 projects that impacted thousands of people living in South Korea: from dislocated North Korean people to Vietnamese immigrant women. SIFE Yonsei University won the Korean national competition three times out of five. (Official homepage: http://www.yonseisife.org)

  • The Yonsei International Affairs Review is a student-run academic journal that covers a wide variety of topics ranging from international politics to economics, business, and law, featuring abridged research papers, news analysis, policy reviews, columns, book reviews and other analytical writing provided by students interested in these areas. (Official homepage: http://www.yonseireview.com)

  • Major Assets and Development of Equity was founded in 2010 at Underwood International College. The main purpose and aim of M.A.D.E. is to promote and develop sustainable and diversified hands-on investment skills with actual funds among our members. This development fund is aimed at providing financial aid and annual scholarship opportunities for UIC students in financial need that exhibit good academic and merit-based standings. The club holds a monthly lecture series that hosts a wide variety of distinguished business leaders, policy makers, and government officials. (Official homepage: http://www.investmentgroup.co.kr)

  • Business Innovation Track (BIT) is a track aiming to fostering innovative young generation regardless of the field in which they are studying (Official homepage: http://bit.yonsei.ac.kr)

  • Global Management Track (GMT) is a track that is officially supported by the School of Business in order to systemically discover and train talented business major students. Since founded in 1996, with the goal of globalization and a motto of passion, it has addressed many diverse topics worldwide and has increased the business competency of each of its individual member. (Official homepage: http://gmt.yonsei.ac.kr)

Literature & Arts

  • Kim Yun Kyung (김윤경): Scholar of Korean language and Korean independence movement
    Korean independence movement
    The Korean independence movement grew out of the Japanese colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945. After the Japanese surrendered, Korea became independent; that day is now an annual holiday called Gwangbokjeol in South Korea, and Chogukhaebangŭi nal in North Korea.-Background:In...

  • Chung In Seung (정인승): Scholar of Korean language and Korean independence movement activist
  • Yun Dong-ju (윤동주): Poet and Korean independence movement activist
  • Jung Hyun Jong (정현종): Poet
  • Gi Hyung Do
    Gi Hyeong-do
    Gi Hyeong-do is one of the most highly recognized names in modern Korean poetry...

     (기형도): Poet
  • Ma Gwang Su (마광수): Poet, novelist, and a current faculty member of Yonsei University
  • Gong Ji Young (공지영): Novelist
  • Cha Beom Seok (차범석): Playwright and director
  • Choi In ho (최인호): Novelist
  • Kim Young Ha (김영하): Novelist
  • Park Hyun Wook (박현욱): Novelist
  • Kim Dong Gyu (김동규): Classical singer(baritone)
  • Stephen Revere
    Stephen Revere
    Stephen Revere is a Korean language expert and magazine editor living in Seoul, South Korea. He has frequently appeared on Korean TV and has published several books on the Korean Language.-Background:...

    : Magazine editor and television personality


  • Kim Woo-jung
    Kim Woo-jung
    Kim Woo-choong was the founder and chairman of the Daewoo Group. Born on December 17, 1936, in Daegu, he was the son of the Provincial Governor....

     (김우중): Founder and CEO of Daewoo
    Daewoo or the Daewoo Group was a major South Korean chaebol . It was founded on 22 March 1967 as Daewoo Industrial and was dismantled by the Korean government in 1999...

  • Koo Bon-Moo (구본무) : Chairman of LG Group
    LG Group
    LG Corp. is the second-largest South Korean conglomerate company following Samsung, and it is headquartered in the LG Twin Towers in Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. LG produces electronics, chemicals, and telecommunications products and operates subsidiaries like LG Electronics, LG Display,...

  • Suh Kyung-Bae (서경배): Chairman of Taepyeongyang Corporation
    Taepyeongyang Corporation
    Taepyeongyang Corporation is a chemical and cosmetics company. It is headquartered in Yongsan-gu Seoul, South Korea. Established in 1940, the company's cosmetic unit is called Amore Pacific....

  • Bang Woo Young (방우영): Honorary President and former CEO of (Chosun Ilbo) and the President of the Board of Directors of Yonsei University
  • Lee Jae Woong (이재웅): Founder and CEO of Daum Communications
  • Song Ja (송자): Former President of Yonsei University and current CEO of Daekyo
  • Park Sam Koo (박삼구): Honorary President and former CEO of Kumho Asiana Group
    Kumho Asiana Group
    Kumho Asiana Group is a large South Korean Jaebeol , with subsidiaries in the automotive, industry, leisure, logistic, chemical and airline fields. The group is headquartered at the Kumho Asiana Main Tower in Sinmunno 1-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. The group was established in 1946...

  • Choi Do Suk (최도석): CFO of Samsung Electronics
    Samsung Electronics
    Samsung Electronics is a South Korean multinational electronics and information technology company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul...

  • Chung Mong-hun
    Chung Mong-hun
    Chung Mong-hun was the 5th son of Chung Ju-yung, the founder of the South Korean Hyundai conglomerate. After the death of his father, he took over part of his father's role and became the chairman of Hyundai Asan, the company in charge of various business ventures between North and South Korea...

     (정몽헌): Former Chairman of Hyundai
    Hyundai ) is a global conglomerate company, part of the Korean chaebol, that was founded in South Korea by one of the most famous businessmen in Korean history: Chung Ju-yung...

  • Lee, Jang Seok (이장석): President of Centennial Investment and President of Seoul Heroes professional baseball team.
  • Park, Geewon (박지원): CEO of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction
    Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction
    Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Doosan Group, is one of the largest Korean heavy industrial companies. It was established in 1962....

Politics, Government and Public Service

  • Kim Hak-Su (김학수): UN Under-Secretary-General
  • Lee Man Seoup (이만섭): Journalist and Former Chairman of National Assembly
  • Kang Young Woo (강영우): Member of National Council On Disability Status
  • Kim Jong Hoon (김종훈) : Korean minister for Trade
  • Han Seung-soo (한승수): Former President of 56th United Nations General Assembly
    United Nations General Assembly
    For two articles dealing with membership in the General Assembly, see:* General Assembly members* General Assembly observersThe United Nations General Assembly is one of the five principal organs of the United Nations and the only one in which all member nations have equal representation...

     and Prime Minister of South Korea
  • Kim Woo Sik (김우식): Former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology of South Korea
  • Yun Kwan (윤관): Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Korea
  • Yoon Hye-Ran (윤혜란): Ramon Magsaysay Award
    Ramon Magsaysay Award
    The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity in government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is often considered Asia's Nobel...

  • Kim, Suk-soo (김석수): Former Prime Minister
  • Kim, Jung-Hyun (김중현): Vice Minister of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology


  • T. K. Seung
    T. K. Seung
    T. K. Seung is a Korean American philosopher and literary critic. His academic interests cut across diverse philosophical and literary subjects, including ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, cultural hermeneutics, and ancient Chinese philosophy....

    : philosopher and the Jesse H. Jones Professor in Liberal Arts, at the University of Texas at Austin
    University of Texas at Austin
    The University of Texas at Austin is a state research university located in Austin, Texas, USA, and is the flagship institution of the The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, its campus is located approximately from the Texas State Capitol in Austin...

  • Dean L. Hubbard
    Dean L. Hubbard
    Dean L. Hubbard was the university president of Northwest Missouri State University from 1984 until 2009—the longest of any president in the school history....

    : president of Northwest Missouri State University
    Northwest Missouri State University
    Northwest Missouri State University is a state university in Maryville, Missouri. Founded in 1905 as a teachers college, it offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The campus, based on the design for Forest Park at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, is the official Missouri State Arboretum....

  • Chin-Woo Kim (김진우): Professor Emeritus, Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Jin wang kim (김진왕): Professor, President of ISLMS, Honorary Advisory Board of IPRAS, recipient of 2009 Tokyo
    , ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

    A prize is an award to be given to a person or a group of people to recognise and reward actions or achievements. Official prizes often involve monetary rewards as well as the fame that comes with them...

    .Council member of KOSFT.
  • Kim, Jeong Han
    Jeong Han Kim
    Jeong Han Kim is a South Korean mathematician specializing in combinatorics and computational mathematics. He studied physics and mathematical physics at Yonsei University, and earned his Ph.D in mathematics at Rutgers University...

    (김정한): Mathematician, recipient of the 1997 Fulkerson Prize
    Fulkerson Prize
    The Fulkerson Prize for outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics is sponsored jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society and the American Mathematical Society . Up to three awards of $1500 each are presented at each International Symposium of the MPS...

  • Kevin O'Rourke, first non-Korean to receive a Ph.D. at Yonsei, and specialist in sijo
    Sijo is a Korean poetic form. Bucolic, metaphysical and cosmological themes are often explored. The three lines average 14-16 syllables, for a total of 44-46: theme ; elaboration ; counter-theme and completion [Ibid., Rutt, pp. 10 ff]...

  • Yong Pil Rhee
    Yong Pil Rhee
    Yong Pil Rhee was a Korean political scientist, systems scientist and Professor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Seoul National University, South Korea. He was one of the first systems theorists, who demonstrated that the system is dynamic and experiences change.- Biography :Yong Pil...

     (이영필): Political systems scientist
  • Yong Suk Jang (장영석): Professor, Public Administration, Yonsei University
  • Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang: Chancellor, University of California, Merced
    University of California, Merced
    The University of California, Merced, commonly referred to as UC Merced or UCM, is the tenth and newest of the University of California campuses. Located in the San Joaquin Valley in unincorporated Merced County, California, near Merced, UC Merced was the first American research university to...

  • Jaedock Lee: Assistant Professor of Sport Management, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Jaewon Shin (신제원): Associate Administrator, NASA
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research...

  • Gi-Wook Shin: Professor of Sociology & Director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), Stanford University
    Stanford University
    The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is a private research university on an campus located near Palo Alto, California. It is situated in the northwestern Santa Clara Valley on the San Francisco Peninsula, approximately northwest of San...

  • Young-Wook Lee (이영욱): Professor, Astronomy, Yonsei University


  • Huh Jung-Moo
    Huh Jung-Moo
    Huh Jung-Moo is a former Korean football player and currently manages Incheon United.-Football career:Huh played for PSV Eindhoven and Hyundai Horang-i as midfielder...

    (허정무): Former soccer player and former head coach of Korean National Soccer team
  • Ji-Yai Shin
    Ji-Yai Shin
    Jiyai Shin , also known as Ji-Yai Shin 申智愛, is a South Korean professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Korea Tour . She has broken all existing KLPGA records, winning 10 events in 19 starts on the KLPGA Tour in 2007...

    (신지애): Professional Golfer: 2007 KPGA Golfer of the Year and 2009 LPGA Tour money leader
  • Chun, Lee-Kyung(전이경): Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Short Track Skating & Member of the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission
  • Choi, Dong-Won(최동원): Former baseball pitcher of Lotte Giants
    Lotte Giants
    The Lotte Giants are a professional baseball team based in Busan, Korea, and one of the original franchises of the Korea Baseball Organization league. The Lotte Giants are owned by the Japanese-South Korean Lotte conglomerate....

  • Kang, Chul(강철): Former soccer player and current coach of Busan I'Park
  • Lee, Sang Min(이상민): Basketball player of Seoul Samsung Thunders
    Seoul Samsung Thunders
    Seoul Samsung Thunders have been in the KBL since its inception 10 years ago. The Seoul Samsung Thunders received their name from Samsung Electronics. Originally based in Suwon, they are now located in the heart of South Korea's capital, Seoul and play at Jamsil...

  • Kim, Yong-Dae(김용대): Soccer goalkeeper of Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix
    Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix
    Sangju Sangmu Phoenix , is a professional football club that participates in the K-League. The club is based in Sangju, South Korea. Sangmu is the sports division of the Military of South Korea. The club's mascot is the Bulsajo, which is translates to phoenix in English...

  • Choi, Yong-Soo(최용수): Former soccer forward and current assistant manager of FC Seoul
    FC Seoul
    FC Seoul is a South Korean professional football club based in Seoul, South Korea, that plays in the K-League. It is currently owned by GS Sports, a subsidiary of GS Group....

  • Park, Chul-Soon(박철순): Former baseball pitcher of Doosan Bears
    Doosan Bears
    The Doosan Bears are a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea. They are a member of the Korean Baseball Organization....

  • Cho, Byung-Kuk(조병국): Soccer defender of Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
    Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
    Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma is a South Korean professional football club, based in Seongnam, South Korea, that plays in the K-League...

  • Chang, Woe-Ryong(장외룡): Soccer manager of Omiya Ardija
    Omiya Ardija
    is a professional football club which play in the J. League Division 1, and are based in Ōmiya-ku in Saitama, Japan. Its "hometown" as designated by the league is the whole of Saitama city, which is shared with neighbours Urawa Red Diamonds...

  • Shin, Moon Sun(신문선): Former soccer player and TV soccer commentator
  • Choi, Hui Am(최희암): Former basketball player and former head coach of Incheon ET Land Black Slamer
    Incheon ET Land Black Slamer
    The Incheon ET Land Elephants is a professional basketball club in the Korean Basketball League.-Famous players:-External links:**...

  • Oh, Sung Shik(오성식): Former basketball player and current coach of Changwon LG Sakers
    Changwon LG Sakers
    Changwon LG Sakers are a basketball team located in the city of Changwon in South Gyeongsang province. The team's main sponsor is LG Electronics which has its offices in Changwon....

  • So Yeon Ryu: Professional golfer, winner of 2011 U.S. Women's Open


  • Na Woon-gyu
    Na Woon-gyu
    Na Woon-gyu was a Korean actor, screenwriter and director. He is widely considered the most important filmmaker in early Korean cinema, and possibly Korea's first true movie star...

    : Father of Korean Cinema; actor, screenwriter and director
  • Shin Hyun-jun
    Shin Hyun-jun
    Shin Hyun-jun is a popular actor from South Korea. He is well known for portraying Ki-bong in the movie Barefoot Ki-bong and the photographer in South Korea's most popular music video "Because I'm A Girl" performed by KISS. He is best known as 아랍왕자 due to his foreign look and long eyelashes...

     : Movie actor and professor
  • Bong Joon-ho
    Bong Joon-ho
    Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.-Biography:He was born in Daegu in 1969 and decided to become a filmmaker while in middle school, perhaps influenced by an artistic family He majored in sociology in Yonsei University in the late 1980s and was a member of the film club...

    : Movie director
  • Horan (Choi, Soojin): Singer of Clazziquai Project and Ibadi, radio DJ, model, and author
  • Lim, Sung Hoon (임성훈): TV show host
  • Kim, Dong Ryul (김동률): Pop singer, former member of 'Exhibition'
  • Park Jin-Young
    Park Jin-young
    Park Jin-young also known as J.Y. Park is a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and the current CEO and founder of JYP Entertainment, a major artist management/record label of Korean pop music.-Music career:Park has released seven albums...

     (박진영): Singer, songwriter, CEO of JYP Entertainment
    JYP Entertainment
    JYP Entertainment is a Korean music record label, founded in South Korea in 1997 by Park Jin-young.- History :Park Jin-young founded the company in 1997 as "Tae-Hong Planning Corporation", which eventually became "JYP Entertainment" in 2001....

  • Yoon, Jong Shin: Pop singer and TV show host
  • Sweet Sorrow: Pop singing group, debut album Sweet Sorrow, winner of 2004 Yu Jaeha Music Contest
  • Yoongeon (Yang, Chang Ik): Pop singer of 'Brown Eyes'
  • Kang, Soo Jung: TV show host and former news anchor
  • Bae, Chang Ho: Movie director
  • Son, Bum Soo (손범수): TV show host and former news anchor
  • Lee Seong-kang
    Lee Seong-kang
    Lee Seong-kang is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He achieved notoriety with his animated films-Filmography:* My Beautiful Girl, Mari...

    : Animated film director of My Beautiful Girl, Mari
    My Beautiful Girl, Mari
    My Beautiful Girl, Mari is a critically successful South Korean animated film. It follows the story of a young boy during summer vacation and ascends into flights of surrealistic fantasy, which may or may not be dream sequences.-Plot:Kim Nam-woo struggles through life as people around him...

  • Heo Jin-ho
    Heo Jin-ho
    Heo Jin-ho , born on August 8, 1963, is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He is a graduate of Yonsei University with a degree in philosophy and has also studied filmmaking at the Korean Academy of Film Arts...

    : Movie director of Christmas in August
    Christmas in August
    Christmas in August is a 1998 South Korean romance/drama film. It was director Hur Jin-ho's debut and stars Han Suk-kyu and Shim Eun-ha....

  • Lim, Sang Soo: Movie director
  • Kim, Dong Geon: TV show host and former news anchor
  • Lee, Yoon Seok: Comedian and professor
  • Myung, Gye Nam (명계남): Movie, TV and stageplay actor, and political activist
  • Ahn, Chi Hwan (안치환): Folk rock singer and social activist
  • Park, Sae Byul (박새별): Singer and songwriter

See also

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