History is better learned and felt at the field than classroom: Korea History and Culture School







▲ Korea History and Culture School / Director Jeong Jun-young

(PowerKorea) Jeong Jun-young, the director of Korea History and Culture School, agrees the saying ‘those who forget history are doomed to repeat it’; but he throws a question ‘is history on our textbook all we should learn while it is a means to earn scores in exams?’

He established Korea History and Culture School as an alternative activity-based school in 1998. To serve its purpose, the school is running numerous activity programs where students learn at fields, mountains, rivers, seas, palaces, museums, historic sites, observatories and research centers. The programs are categorized for beginners to advanced and grade by grade. Also included are courses for adults, world history and half day history trips.

“Knowledge of history gained from textbook often faces many errors. Knowledge of history gained from the field deepens thoughts and increases imaginations” says Jeong and adds “students need to see what it looks like and make a question and find an answer. This way, they can have balanced viewpoint as well as understanding of the events.”

Prior to launching the school, Jeong and his fellows in the same mind gathered together in Insa-dong Seoul 1996 to form the Korea History and Culture Research Center which laid the foundation for the school. The center started recovery of folk plays in cooperation with Seoul City on the same year, organized a constellation camp with Seoul National University astronomy professor Park Chang-bum the next year and a space science camp the following year which was the first case in the nation.

“We prepared and ran many programs spanning from history and culture to science and astrology for children. During this period, I learned a lot that in order for a program to be meaningful and fruitful, collaboration with experts in the field is a must. Likewise, all programs at Korea History and Culture School will be built based on the fact and visits are organized with passion and a sense of responsibility.”

Due to the pandemic, outdoor programs are being organized in accordance with quarantine rules at the moment while the indoor programs such as visiting museums are closed temporarily. 

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