Nongae Shrine
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  • Address: Nongae Shrine, Dusan-ri, Jangsu-eup, Jangsu-gun, Jeollabuk-do
  • Tel: +82-63-351-4837
  • Operation Hours: -
  • Admission Fees: Free
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Jangsu is where Nongae was born, so everyone in the area knows her.

Nongae is widely known as one of the three most famous people of Jangsu. It is said that she was a mistress of Jinju Commander-in-chief Choe Gyeong-hoe. After the fall of Jinjuseong Fortress during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, Japanese generals and commanders held a party at Chokseongnu Pavilion. Nongae attended the party as an entertainer, not to entertain the Japanese soldiers but to kill their general named Keyamura Fumiske. She did so by luring him to a rock on the water and plunging into the water with him tightly in her arms. She did this out of rage over the fall of the fortress and death of many Korean soldiers and civilians. Later, the rock she chose to kill the Japanese general and herself was named Uiam.

That’s why the shrine is also called Uiamsa. In 1846 (the 12th year of King Heonjong’s reign), the new magistrate of Jangsu named Jeong Ju-seok had the Monument of Nongae erected in this district to remind people that it's where Nongae grew up. And it was unearthed while building this shrine, so people had it moved to this place. The Nongae Shrine was designated as the Jeollabuk-do Monument No. 46 on April 1, 1981. It’s currently managed by the Jangsu-gun Office. Uiamsa is a shrine with a portrait of Nongae situated in Jangsu-eup at the southern foot of Namsan Mountain.

Ever since the establishment of the shrine, the district of Jangsu-gun has been holding the Nongae Ritual on September 9 every year for many years. The day was designated as the Day of Jangsu People in 1968. The locals still hold a grand ceremony as part of the town festival.

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