The YÉOL Society
YÉOL means to carefully preserve the beauty of our cultural heritage inherited from antiquity for today and tomorrow.
a gathering of people who steadfastly promote
the ideals represented in its name,
and support the efforts to promote
the proper understanding of our traditional culture
and foster love for our cultural heritage,
wherever attention alone is not enough.
Yun Hu-myeong, a poet and novelist, created the name of our foundation, YÉOL. He described the meanings encapsulated in the name as follows:
‘Yé’ is a prefix that has many positive meanings and usages in the Korean language. It means beauty, as in yéppeuda (‘beautiful’), tradition as in yélo-buteo (‘since before’), and continuity, as in yéna dareum-upda (‘same as ever’). ‘Yé’ is also a short-hand for ‘here’ (yé itda). The Chinese characters that mean ‘example’, ‘art’, and ‘honor’ are all pronounced ‘yé’ in Korean.
‘Ol’ denotes the present and the yet-to-come, as in olhae (‘this year’). It is the initial syllable for verb ‘to climb’, or olagada. ‘Ol’ can also refer to a strand of thread. Since a strand threads through the eye of the needle only when it is straight, it connotes righteousness and rectitude. Indeed, as used in the word ololi, it expresses a mother’s delicate hand and devoted heart. The Chinese character for ‘to stand tall alone’ is pronounced ‘ol’ in Korean.