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1000 Won, (1950)

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Front: Syngman Rhee (1875-1965), President of South Korea 1948-1960

Rhee was educated in the United States, where he received a Ph.D in International Law from Princeton University. He returned to South Korea after WWII, and was elected first President of South Korea in 1948.

Rhee led South Korea during the Korean War, and remained in power after the War. Over the years his regime was seen as authoritarian, corrupt and inefficient. He was re-elected in 1956 and 1960 by large majorities. However, few believed the elections had been fair and gave rise to widespread anti-government demonstrations. A student uprising toppled Rhee's government in 1960. Rhee escaped to Hawaii where he remained until his death in 1965.

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10 Won, (1962)

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1000 Won, (1983)

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Front: Yi Hwang (1501-1570), a prominent Korean Confucian scholar

He established the Yeongnam School and set up the Dosan Seowon, a private Confucian academy. Yi Hwang is often referred to by his pen name Toegye

Back: Dosan Seowon in Andong, Gyeonsangbuk-do

This school was built on the site where Toegye educated his disciples. It is one of the three great Confucian schools that survived beyond the Joseon Period. There are over 4,000 books there, as well as Toegye's grave.

 

Dosan Seowon

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5000 Won, (1983)

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Front: Yulgok (1536-1584), a great Confucian scholar

Yulgok (Yi I) was a prodigy. He received top grades on the official government appointment tests nine consecutive times. Like Toegye, he was a great Korean Confucian scholar.

Back: Ojukheon, the birthplace of Yulgok, in Gangneung, Gangwon-do

This is one of Korea's oldest existing houses. It was built in the period of King Jungjong (1506-1544). Yulgok was born in this house and lived there with his mother.

 

1000 Won, (2007)

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Front: Yi Hwang (1501-1570), a prominent Korean Confucian scholar

Back: Gaesangjunggeodo

Courtesy ybnotes

 

50,000 Won, (2009)

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Shin Saim-Dang

This is the first-ever 50,000-won note, now the highest denomination in the country. This is also the first Korean note to feature a woman.

Front: Shin Saim-dang (1504-1551), painter, author and mother of the great philosopher Yul-gok (also known as Yi I)

Back: (vertical): Bamboo tree and Japanese apricot tree

Courtesy ybnotes

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South Korea, situated on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula between North Korea and the Korean Strait, was a Japanese protectorate 1905-1945. It became an independent republic in 1948. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on South Korea.

 

 

 

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