A statue was recently erected in Jongno, downtown Seoul, depicting the sitting figure of Jeon Bong-jun, the man at the forefront of the 1894 Donghak Peasant Movement where ordinary people rose up against the rampant corruption of the ruling classes, motivated by the teachings of Donghak. Founded in 1860 by Choe Je-u, Donghak preached equality between genders and classes, teaching that the Way of Heaven resided within one's own mind, and so by improving one's nature, one attains the Way of Heaven. As the Way of Heaven resided in all people, this also included children, and so Choe, also taught that one must refrain from striking them, and treat them with respect. Many followers would also take it upon themselves to adopt orphans. Under this spirit of respect toward children, Children’s Day would later be established within Korea. As the movement grew in popularity among the peasantry, it sparked several revolts, and eventually the authorities arrested and executed Choe in 1864.