Dongguk University

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Dongguk University
동국대학교 (東國大學校)
Former names
Myungjin School (1906-1940)
Hyehwa Professional College (1940-1946)
Dongguk College (1946-1953)
Motto 攝心, 信實, 慈愛, 度世(hanja)
Motto in English
Steady one's clean mind, Behave truly and reliably, Love people with benevolence, Save mankind from agony
Established May 8, 1906
Type Private
President Kim, Hee-Ok
Undergraduates 17,189 (2009)[1]
Location Seoul, South Korea
Campus Urban
Mascot Elephant, Lotus
Affiliations Mahayana Buddhism
Website English website
Korean website
Dongguk University
Revised Romanization Dongguk Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Tong'guk Taehakkyo

Dongguk University (Korean: 동국대학교, Hanja: 東國大學校) is a private, coeducational university in South Korea. It operates campuses in Seoul, Gyeongju City, North Gyeongsang province, and Los Angeles, United States. It operates two affiliated hospitals of Western medicine, and four of Oriental medicine, a generic term which includes traditional Korean medicine studies. It is based on Buddhism.


Dongguk University is located in Jung-gu, Seoul just north of Namsan. The upper buildings of the campus are directly connected into the trails of Namsan park.

The Seoul campus' main entrance is at Dongguk University Station the intersection of Seoul Subway Line 3 and 4. While Chungmuro Station is near the rear entrance.[2]


Founded in 1906 by Korea's ecumenically minded Jogye Order, Dongguk remains one of the few Buddhist affiliated universities in the world.

The university began as Myeongjin School (명진학교) on May 8, 1906. It was closed by the Japanese Occupation Government from 1922 to 1928, after the Samil Undong uprising, and again in 1944. It was one of the first institutions in the Republic of Korea to gain university status, in the western sense, being designated a university in 1953. The postgraduate school opened simultaneously.

During the Korean War, classes were held in Busan, but were moved back to Seoul in 1953. In 1959, the Dongguk University Broadcasting system was initiated. The College of Education was launched in 1968 with four courses, adding Education of Physical Education a year later.[3] In 1978, the Gyeongju Campus was established.



Dongguk's symbol animal is an elephant which is considered a holy animal with wisdom and fortune. It intends to describe modern, progressive and active characteristics, and it also expresses university students of the new generation who are wise, brave, bright and friendly.[4]


Dongguk's flower is a lotus blossom which is the emblem of Buddhist truth.

Rankings and reputation[edit]

Dongguk University was ranked 11th in JoongAng Ilbo's Korean university rankings in 2014. Dongguk University was ranked 77th among the Asian universities in 2015 QS World University Rankings.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Literature and arts[edit]


Politics, government and public service[edit]




  • Shin Jeong-ah - served 18 months in prison for gaining an assistant professorship at the university by fraud


Bachelor and Masteral Degree colleges[edit]

Seoul campus[edit]

Gyeongju campus[edit]

Los Angeles, USA Campus[edit]

  • College of Oriental Medicine

Graduate schools[edit]

Seoul campus[edit]

Gyeongju campus[edit]

  • Graduate School of Buddhist Culture and fine art
  • Graduate School of Social Science

Los Angeles, USA campus[edit]

  • College of Oriental Medicine
Seoul campus of Dongguk University
The university 
Winter 1 
Winter 2 
Winter 3 
Winter 4 
Winter 5 
Jeonggakwon (Korean Buddhist) 
College of Law 
College of Art 
Jeonggakwon (Korean Buddhist) 
Jeonggakwon (Korean Buddhist) 
Gyeongju campus of Dongguk University
Main Square 
Main Square in front of the Main Building
Medical School 
University Medical School
University Hospital. 
University Hospital
One of the auditoriums in the University
Students' square in front of the Humanities building. 
Students' square in front of the Humanities building
University Dormitory
Natural Sciences Building. 
Natural Sciences Building
University Symbol statues on campus. 
University Symbol statues on Campus
Student area 
One of the many students areas

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°33′57″N 126°56′19″E / 37.56583°N 126.93861°E / 37.56583; 126.93861