- First Founding
History of Yonsei University starts on April 10th, 1885, from Korea’s first modernized hospital ‘Gwanghyewon.’ 2 weeks after opening, Gwanghyewon changed its name to ‘Chejungwon,’ named by the King Kojong. Gwanghyewon was established by a medical missionary named Allen. Prior to opening, missionary Underwood visited Korea, assisting Chejungwon’s medical businesses while starting works in education and missionary works.. These two men’s businesses based at Chejungwon has become current-day Yonsei’s foundation.
Since then, the medical sector has developed to Severance Medical College, Severance Hospital, and Severance Medical School, and the education sector grew into Yonhi University after Underwood School, Gyeongsin School, and Yonhi College. Yonhi and Severance worked for independence and modernization of Korea while under Japanese occupation and at times of crises. They also took responsibility of universities for establishing democracy and modern society after the Korean War.
GwangHyewon, Korea’s first western hospital is
established as a royal medical institution.
1. GwangHyewon, the beginning of Yonsei Medical School
and the first modern medical institution
2. Dr. Horace Newton Allen, The founder of GwangHyeWon
Chejungwon, the first formal medical school ,
with Dr.Avison as the first head of institution
1. Dr. Oliver R. Avison, the founder of Severence Hospital.
Severence Hospital reconstructed through a donation
from Mr.L.H Severence.
1. Severence Hospital
Chosen Christian College opened in Y.M.C.A,
First Principal Won, Do Woo, Vice-Principal Avison.
1. Commemorative photograph on the founding day of
Chosen Chirstian College(1915)
Severence Medical School forced to re-name
the institution to ‘Asahi Medical School’.
The Japanese confiscated Yonhi College as
enemy property and the first Japanese
principal was appointed.
1. Ordeal of the Underwood Statue
- The Japanese forcefullly extortd the Underwood Statue
and built "興亞紀念塔"
Yonhi College forced to re-name the institution to
‘Gyeong Seong College of Administration.
Yonhi officially recognized as a university,
with four colleges and 11 departments.
Yonhi College and Severence Medical School
to form a collegiate union.
- 1885.04.10 GwangHyewon, Korea’s first western hospital is
- Second Founding
- Third Founding