The overall shape of the badge resembles a shield, which symbolizes a world that emphasizes Truth, Justice, and Love.
The top portion of the badge, which portays a graduation cap, signifies the fact that the world is constructed based on sound education.
A wide white band, which signifies the road leading to Truth, and a torch composed of three flames (Truth, Justice, and Love) are located at the center of the badge.
The red color of the torch symbolizes passion, vitality, and life energy while the blue color of the background symbolizes the volition and hope of those at Keimyung.
Bisa, a winged lion flying towards the sky, is the emblem of Keimyung University.
It depicts a noble yet powerful lion that strongly kicks upward from the ground and flies towards the sky with its wings wide open.
The unswerving will-power and dignity captured in the dynamic image of the king of beasts symbolizes bravery and ultimate triumph, enduring hopes, and the determination to protect the fatherland.
Its wide-open wings symbolize the flag of freedom which flies high towards the open sky and signifies the will of those who look for the origin of light, while its resounding roar represents Jehovah's voice coming from the divine place, calling all people to a mountain fortress where truth can be found.
All in all, Bisa captures the values by which the Keimyung people are guided: Truth, Justice, and Love.
Keimyung University ascribes cardinal importance to 10 ontological realities and 10 existential values. The realities are: I, You, Keimyung, Neighbor, Korea, Humanity, Nature, Church, Christ, and God. The values are: Truth, Justice, Love, Community, Scholarship, Excellence, Ethics, Service, Grace, and Salvation. These 10 realities and 10 values are inscribed in the flat stone, representing the Keimyung book of learning, in 10 languages that are taught at Keimyung University: Korean, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, French, Russian, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. On the upper part of the flat stone-book, the very first verse of the Old Testament("In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.") is inscribed, while on the lower part of the Slab, the very last verse of the New Testament("The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all.") is inscribed, both writings in Hebrew. Thus, the inscriptions on the stone slab-book reflect the principle of the founding of the University, its educational precept, and its educational objectives. The vertical stone with a hole represents the Keimyung scholar with an open heart and inner eyes, reading the stone slab-book of learning that explicates the ontological realities and the existential values.
The Main Gate consists of three structures, with the middle one forming a natural center, in the entablature of which the name of Keimyung University is written in Korean.
The tripartite edifice represents the triune doctrine of Christianity, as well as the educational precept of Keimyung University, "For the Kingdom of Truth, Justice, and Love," with God the Father and Love forming the central portion of the edifice, respectively.
The structures also have two rows of twelve Ionic columns each. The front row represents the Twelve Apostles, while the rear row stands for the disciples in our times following the Christ. The structures and the columns together form the gateways to the Kingdom of Truth, Justice, and Love.
When the University first started in 1954, the campus was located on a rocky hill far away from the inhabited center of the city. The hill was known in the vernacular simply as the "rock mountain." It was indeed a hill of shale rocks, on which certainly no trees or bushes but only rarely a few strains of the most tenacious weeds could take root for a brief season.
The rock mound in the Old Campus is a remnant of the original landscape. The inscription, written by Prof. emeritus Jung Jeumsik, reads: We have chiseled away such a rock mountain and prepared for today.
When the Main Hall(The Administration Building) was dedicated, we wanted to paint a symbolic mural. As for the content of the mural, we could not decide. The picture should be, however, indicative of the spirit and the nature of the Christian higher education at Keimyung University.
Shortly after the dedication in 1996, we had a scholar-administrator from the United Kingdom visiting with us. We asked him in passing as to how long it would require for a university to become a truly great institution of higher learning. He said with a smile that it would take about a few hundred years.
Since we are only about 50 years old, we seem to have to celebrate several more jubilees before we can form our true nature and destiny. Until then, until we have a distinct face of our own, we will keep the portrait painting blank as it is today, "Tabula Rasa," a blank slate.
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