Nam Jahyeon and Jigyeong Maeul(Jigyeong Town)

Nam Jahyeon and Jigyeong Maeul(Jigyeong Town)

Nam Jahyeon moved to Manchuria in 1919 and worked in Seorogunjeongseo, an anti-Japanese military group. She tried to spread anti-Japanese movement by visiting related groups, military organizations and villages.

She also built 12 churches around Eastern Manchuria as a missionary work and set up 10 branches of the organization for women's education to enlighten them.

Nam Jahyeon

  • Definition:Independence fighter
  • Born-Died:1872-1934, the second daughter of Nam Jeonghan
  • Achievement:Participated in the March 1st movement. Tried to enlighten farmers, Planned to assassinate Butō Nobuyoshi, commissioned officer but failed and was imprisoned.
  • Decoration:Medal for Founding the Nation

Nam Jahyeon was born in Yeongyang, Gyeongsangbuk-do with family origin Yeongyang. After her husband died during the battle against Japanese soldiers, she raised her only son alone. After the March 1st movement, she moved to Dongbei, China to work in Seorogunjeongseo, an anti-Japanese military group. She also built 12 churches around Eastern Manchuria as a missionary work and set up 10 branches of the organization for women's education to enlighten them.

In 1925, she secretly entered Korea to assassinate Saitō Makoto. Japanese, governor-general of Korea of the time, but failed. When Lytton Commission arrived in Harbin in 1932, she cut her finger and wrote "Joseondongnibwon“(The Wish for Korean Independence) with her blood and sent it with her finger to call for independence of Korea.

On March 1st in 1933, the foundation day of the Manchuria puppet government, she was arrested with Lee Gyudong for carrying arms to assassinate Butō Nobuyoshi, commissioned officer. She fasted in protested against the colonization of Korea by Japan. She was freed on bail due to her sickness but died in Harbin. She was posthumously awarded the Order of the President in 1962.