Confucianism is a philosophy developed in 6th-century BCE China, which is considered by some a secular-humanist belief system, by some a religion, and by others a social code. The broad range of subjects touched on by Confucianism lends itself to all three of these interpretations depending on which aspects one focuses on.

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  • 551 BCE - 479 BCE
    Life of Confucius.
  • 202 BCE - 220 CE
    Han Dynasty reigns in China.
  • 141 BCE - 87 BCE
    Reign of Wu the great of the Han Dynasty who establishes Confucianism as state philosophy.
  • 372 CE
    A Confucian Academy is established in the Goguryeo kingdom of northern Korea and Buddism is adopted as the state religion.
  • 682 CE
    A National Confucian Academy is established in the Unified Silla Kingdom.
  • 788 CE
    An examination for state administrators based on Confucianism is introduced in the Unified Silla Kingdom.