Chung Lang, meaning Blue Wave, is a student club to inherit the old tradition of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars called Yusaeng in the Joseon Dynasty. Chung Lang aims to create a unique campus culture by organizing various events which interpret traditional elements of the old Sungkyunkwan in a modern way so that all SKKU students can enjoy and take great pride in the history of SKKU.
Chung Lang studies the history of the old Confucian Scholars, Sungkyunkwan students in the Joseon Dynasty, and revives some of the old Sungkyunkwan ceremonies and events based on historical record with a modern touch.
- Shin Bhang Rye
Shin Bhang Rye was a ritual of passage and welcome event for all newly admitted Yusaeng who passed the national exam at the old Sungkyunkwan in the Joseon Dynasty. According to history, Shin Bhang Rye was organized by senior Yusaeng. The freshmen were given team tasks, and shared food and snacks with the senior students.
Chung Lang brought back Shin Bhang Rye based on the old Sunkyunkwan history in a modern and creative way. Chung Lang’s Shin Bhang Rye is held in early March every year, and begins with an official matriculation ceremony, where freshmen in traditional costumes visit Munmyo, the shrine of the great Confucian scholars. Afterward, participants share food and snacks, play quiz games, and join various programs created by Chung Lang to help freshmen learn the old Sungkyunkwan history. At the end of the event, all students are given souvenirs, a certificate and Hopae, an identification used in the Joseon Dynasty.
Goharona came from Yuso, an event that was organized by Yusaeng in the Joseon Dynasty. Yuso means ‘Confucian scholars’ petition to the King’. In the Joseon Dynasty, students at Sungkyunkwan, or Yusaeng, were considered future elite officials, and they held a meeting and wrote a joint petition to the King. After all Yusaeng students signed the petition, they marched to the King’s Palace to deliver their proposals. The Joseon history says Yusaeng’s rights to petition were protected by the King.
Chung Lang’s Gohanora also inherits this tradition. On the day of Gohanora in September, all participants wear traditional Yusaeng costumes and gather at Myeongnyundang, the old college building. From there they march to Gwanghwamun, where the King’s Palace is located. Participants sing and dance to songs created by Chung Lang during the Gohanora parade. They also discuss a proposal selected from a contest and deliver it to an invited government official.