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Kyongdang of Koguryo
  Kyongdang was a nongovernmental educational organ during the Koguryo dynasty which existed between 277 B.C. and A.D. 668.
  The people of Koguryo noted for their bravery and vivacity were highly enthusiastic about learning and very enterprising in creating and acquiring advanced civilization.

  They all liked learning, regardless of high and low social standings. So they built a large house called Kyongdang at the crossroads or fork to educate those in their minority including children.
  Hwang Kum Sok, Researcher of the History Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences, says:
  "The educational contents of Kyongdang were aimed at inspiring patriotism, developing talents and fostering courage and strength.
  Those who entered Kyongdang learned how to read and write and acquired knowledge of different fields including history day and night. And they built up their physical strength in the course of practising various martial arts such as archery, horse riding and swordsmanship.
  It is said that many people who graduated from Kyongdang were good at pen and sword and played a big role in defeating foreign invaders."
  As said above, Koguryo built Kyongdang in different places to educate youth and children in noble patriotism and love for the native land and encourage them to build up their physical strength, enabling itself to fully demonstrate its dignity and honour as a powerful country for nearly 1,000 years in the Middle Ages.