Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration led by administrator Chung Jae-suk has released a web drama titled 300-Year-Old Class of 2020, which the heritage agency has produced to promote Seowon, the Neo-Confucian academies in Korea, a Unesco World Heritage property. The series was released on CHA’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/chluvu, the drama’s website http://koreaseowon.com, Naver TV and Kakao TV last December.
The series, consisting of six episodes of 10 minutes each, is a fantasy comic web drama about three students, who were studying in Seowon during the Joseon period and who accidentally time-traveled and arrived in 2020 Seowon. It was filmed and set in nine Seowon of Unesco World Heritage property (Sosu-seowon, Namgye-seowon, Oksan-seowon, Dosan-seowon, Piram-seowon, Dodong-seowon, Byeongsan-seowon, Museong-seowon and Donam-seowon) and stars rookie actors and actresses such as Choi Ji Su, Noh Sang Hyun, Lee Se Jin and Gong Jae Hyun, all playing fascinating characters.
As were the Gyeongbokgung Palace that appeared in BTS’s video clip and the cities in the Feel the Rhythm of Korea series by Korea Tourism Organization, which has drawn global attention, the drama series was directed to lead the audience to naturally feel the beauty of Seowon in their scenes. The goal is to have the young generations of Korea and other countries become more interested in Seowon and recognize the Neo-Confucian academies as one of the major tourist attractions in Korea.
CHA has distributed this web drama among Korean cultural agencies home and abroad for free.