Ahn Hyang
An Hyang.jpg
Portrait of Ahn Hyang, held by Sosu Seowon, Yeongju, North Gyeongsang
Korean name
Hangul
안향
Hanja
Revised RomanizationAn Hyang
McCune–ReischauerAn Hyang
Pen name
Hangul
회헌
Hanja
Revised RomanizationHoeheon
McCune–ReischauerHoehŏn
Courtesy name
Hangul
사온
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSaon
McCune–ReischauerSaon
Posthumous name
Hangul
문성
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMunseong
McCune–ReischauerMunsŏng
Clan Origin
Hangul
순흥
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSunheung
McCune–ReischauerSunhŭng

Ahn Hyang (안향, 安珦; 1243 – 12 September 1306), also known as Ahn Yu (안유, 安裕), was a leading Confucian scholar born in Yeongju in present-day South Korea, and was from the Sunheung Ahn clan. He is considered the founder of Neo-Confucianism in Korea, introducing Song Confucianism to the Goryeo kingdom. Ahn Hyang visited China, transcribing the works of Zhu Xi and bringing his copy and portraits of Confucius and Zhu Xi to Korea to use in his revitalization of Confucianism. He strove to replace Buddhism with Confucianism.

There is a portrait of him at the Sosu Seowon, which was built as a memorial to the scholar. There is also a statue of him on Banya-san in Nonsan.

Family

References

  1. ^ Through his son, Ahn Hyang became the 26th great-grandson of Ahn Jung-geun