The Global University that Leads
the Future of Humanity

Welcome to the website of Dongguk University. I am Yun Jae-woong, the 20th president of Dongguk University.

Dongguk University is a Buddhist university founded by Buddhist pioneers in 1906. We are proud of the history of Dongguk University, notably its celebration of Korea’s independence following a period of hardship. It was forced to close twice under Japanese colonial rule in Korea. Despite these unfortunate events, it maintained its pride in the ideas of Korean nationalist historiography until Korea’s independence was eventually achieved. Therefore, Buddhism, ethnicity, and history are the three pillars of Dongguk University’s identity.

Dongguk University has nurtured approximately 350,000 experts to contribute to developing the foundation for Korea’s modernization and democratization. It has also fostered new specialists who can chart the future of humanity. Furthermore, it has made constant efforts to develop Buddhism in Korea. It recently established the Founding Committee to elevate its status as a world-class university based on its slogan “The restoration of Buddhism leads to the development of Dongguk and vice versa.” We boast our contribution to advancing Korea’s modernization and democratization and cultivating professionals who can chart the future of humanity based on the cultural content of Korean Buddhism.

Our new goal is to develop Dongguk University into a university that frees students from concerns over tuition fees and employment. Numerous Buddhists and temples have endowed scholarships for students of Dongguk University. Moreover, Dongguk University has operated a thorough employment support system for students, which achieves better results every year. Dongguk University has accumulated brand value through abundant scholarships and a high employment rate.

In addition, Dongguk University has provided unique education that is not offered by other universities and that can enhance teaching of universal values. Our unique education mainly consists of meditation and enhanced field training and practice. Students can develop into the experts that society needs by experiencing mental stability and peace through meditation and participating in enhanced field training and practice. Our unique education also aims to nurture creative and integrated experts who can become world leaders. We have provided students with modern education that reflects 上求菩提 下化衆生, the core of the Buddha’s teaching, which means the following: attain enlightenment and then benefit your neighbors. Our education helps students achieve mental freedom and engage in virtuous practices to benefit communities.
I sincerely hope that the Buddha’s mercy will be always with you.

Thank you so much

Yun Jae-woong,the 20th president of Dongguk University





Educational background

  • 1978–1980Graduation from Yongsan High School
  • 1981–1985B.A. from the Department of Korean Language and Literature, Dongguk University
  • 1985–1987M.A. from the Department of Korean Language and Literature, the Graduate School, Dongguk University
  • 1988–1996Ph.D. from the Department of Korean Language and Literature, the Graduate School, Dongguk University

Professional experience

  • 2003–presentProfessor in the Department of Korean Language Education, Dongguk University
  • 2007–2009Responsible Professor for operation and planning of the Seoul Fellowship Program associated with selection of scholarship students in humanities-related fields
  • 2011–presentPresident of the Midang Commemoration Association
  • 2018–2020Member of the Review Board for the Samil Culture Award
  • 2021–2022President of the Dongguk University Alumni Association
  • 2011–2015Chief of the Strategical Promotion Office of Dongguk University
  • 2019–2021Dean of the College of Education and the Graduate School of Education, Dongguk University
  • 2021–2023Dean of the Dharma College, Dongguk University
  • 2021–presentMember of the Founding Committee of Dongguk University

Research achievements

  • The Influence of the Heritage of the Three States on Seo Jeong-ju's Myth of Jillmajae (Korean Poetics Studies, No. 62, 2020)
  • A Study on The Narrative of Seo Jeong-ju's Hometown – Focused on Prose in 1942 (Korean Language and Literature, No. 191, 2020)
  • The Relationship between Experience and Creation in Seo Jeong-ju’s "Hwasajip(花蛇集)" – Focusing on the Period of Attending the Central Buddhist College and Staying in Haeinsa Temple (Korean Language and Literature, No. 195, 2021)
  • A Review of the Commentary of "Manhae Han Yong-un's Selective Translation of Chinese Poetry" (Studies in Korean Literature, No. 65, 2021)
  • Han Yong-un’s Buddhist Thoughts and Non-duality Theory Appearing in Chinese Poetry (Journal of Dong-ak Language and Literature, No. 84, 2021)
  • A Study on the Formation Background of Cho Ji-hoon Buddhist Literature (Studies in Korean Literature, No. 68, 2022)
  • Genealogy of the Gatha "I Have One Sutra[我有一券經]" in Korean Buddhist Poetry and the Buddhist Ecological Significance of "Always Shining Bright[常放大光明]" (Literature and Environment, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2022)
  • The Problem of Dialects in Han Yong-un’s Literature ― Focusing on the First Edition of The Silence of Nim (1926) (The Journal for Overseas Korean Literature, No. 33, 2022) A Study on "Sketch the Historical Story of Old Korea[海東史話抄]", New Material by Seo Jeong-ju (Korean Language and Literature, 2022)

Main publications of the last ten years

  • The Complete Collection of Midang Seo Jeong-ju (20 volumes, co-edited) (EunHaengNaMu Publishing, 2015 to 2017)
  • Taking a Walk for European Humanities (EunHaengNaMu Publishing, 2019)
  • In Whose White Chest Does the Red Flower Bloom? – Taking a Literary Journey for Exploring the Poetic World of Seo Jeong-ju (Gippeunsaem, 2021)
  • Midang Seo Jeong-ju, the Great Star for Korean Poetry (Dongguk University Press, 2022)
  • The Four Seasons of Seo Jeong-ju’s Poems (four volumes, Dongak, 2022)

Contract research

  • Participation in the BK 21 Program Team for Nurturing Research Personnel for Transmission and Translation of Korean Literature [3/4] (The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, 2011)
  • Participation in the Pilot Project on Korean Culture and Arts Education in the Field of Literature (Korea Arts & Culture Education Service, 2014)
  • Participation in Content Development and Video Production for Manhae Road Projects (Seongbuk-gu Office of Seoul City, 2021)
  • Development of Korean teaching and learning materials (research and development for Korean teaching and learning materials and translation into Vietnamese) (Appmedia, 2022)

Activities for implementing the founding philosophy of Dongguk University

  • Planning and publication of "Meeting for 100 Years," the collection of poems with illustrations created for commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dongguk University (2006)
  • Planning and establishment of memorials with carved poems of Seo Jeong-ju, Cho Ji-hoon, Shin Kyeong-nim for commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dongguk University (2006)
  • Planning and publication of "The Collection of Chinese Poems of Seokjeon Park Han-yeong" for commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dongguk University (2006)
  • Planning of the "Light of Dongguk" series (2021 to 2022)
  • Embellishment and re-publication of "Buddhist Bible" (2021)
  • Participation as a writer for "The Life of the Buddha" (2022)
  • Designation as the President of the Preparation Committee for Establishment of the Site of Myeongjin School (the origin of Dongguk University) as a Monument (2022)

Rewards and contribution to society

  • Designation as the winner of the grand prize for the first Manhae writing contest (1979)
  • Designation as the winner for a literary contest of The Segye Times in spring in the field of literary criticism (1991)
  • Designation as the winner of the contribution award in the field of fundraising for development of Dongguk University (2020)

Contribution to national and corporate development

  • Donation of the estate of Seo Jeong-ju to Poet Midang Memorial Hall and design of relevant exhibitions in 2001 (Gochang-gun Office of Jeollabuk-do)
  • Donation of the estate of Seo Jeong-ju to Poet Midang Memorial Hall and design of relevant exhibitions in 2011 (Gwanak-gu Office of Seoul City)

International activities

  • Head of the Hyecho Expedition established to follow the traces of Hyecho, the first Korean to travel overseas in 2011: planning and operation
  • November 22–23, 2014: Participation and delivery of presentation in the fourth International Symposium on Literature and Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA) in Japan
  • October 20–21, 2018: Participation and delivery of presentation in the sixth ISLE-EA in Taiwan