Korean Neo-Confucian Academies
the first to be established purely through the support of sarim.
Namgye-seowon steering committee
Namgye-seowon, the second sweowonwas built in Hamyang County in Gyeongsangnam-do Province in 1552.
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operation and layout. The establishment and operation of Namgye-seowon was guided by sarim, providing an example to all those to follow. The academy has preserved its records of patrons and their donations bysarim from its establishment until the 19thcentury.
Namgye-seowon enshrines a spiritual tablet of Jeong Yeo-chang (1450-1504). Born in the Hamyang County, scholar Jeong was the key political activist who played a critical role in the central political arena during the first half of the 16th century. He took a stance firmly based on Neo-Confucianism. His activities in the royal court opened a new level of political participation of sarim. Gang Ik and Jeong On were the two representative figures of the region, and the early members of Namgye-seowonto be involved in its establishment and beginning operation.