Sunjo of Joseon
|King of Joseon|
|Predecessor||Jeongjo of Joseon|
|Successor||Heonjong of Joseon|
Royal Consort Park
|Issue||Crown Prince Hyomyong
An unknown Prince
|House||House of Yi|
|Father||King Jeongjo of Joseon|
|Mother||Royal Noble Consort Su|
|Born||29 July 1790|
|Died||13 December 1834(aged 44)|
|Burial||Illeung, Seoul, Korea|
|Sunjo of Joseon|
|Revised Romanization||I Gong|
Sunjo (29 July 1790 – 13 December 1834, reigned 1800–1834) was the 23rd king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. He was born with the title of His Royal Highness Prince Yi Gong. Sunjo was the 2nd son of King Jeongjo which King Jeongjo had with Lady Subin, one of King Jeongjo concubines.
Sunjo ascended to the throne in 1800 upon the death of his father, King Jeongjo, at age 11.
Since he ascended the throne at a young age, Queen Dowager Jeongsun, the second queen of King Yeongjo, ruled as queen regent, which allowed her to wield power over state affairs. Despite King Sunjo’s efforts to reform politics, the fundamental principles of government deteriorated. The state examination became disordered and corruption in the government personnel administration prevailed. This resulted in disorder in society and various kinds of riots broke out among the people, including the revolt by Hong Gyeongnae. The Ogajaktongbeop (五家作統法, a census registration system to group five houses as one unit) was also carried out in this period, and oppression against Roman Catholicism began in earnest.
King Sunjo died after reigning for 35 years in 1834 at the age of 44. He was first buried next to Jangneung, Paju, the tomb of King Injo and Queen Inyeo but later moved to Illeung, Seoul as the Feng Shui at the old site was deemed to be unfavourable.
|Monarchs of Korea
- Father: King Jeongjo (정조)
- Mother: Royal Noble Consort Su of the Park clan (수빈 박씨, 1770–1822)
- Consorts and their Respective Issue(s):
- Queen Sunwon of the Andong Kim clan (순원왕후 김씨, 15 May 1789 – 4 August 1857)
- Park Suk-ui (숙의 박씨)
- Princess Yeongon (영온옹주, 1817–1829)
His full posthumous name
- King Sunjo Seongak Yeondeok Hyeondo Gyeongin Sunhui Cheseong Eungmyeong Heumgwang Seokgyeong Gyecheon Baegeuk Yungwon Donhyu Euihaeng Soyun Huihwa Junryeol Daejung Jijeong Honghun Cheolmo Geonsi Taehyeong Changun Honggi Gomyeong Bakhu Ganggeon Sujeong Gyetong Suryeok Gongyu Beommun Anmu Jeongryeong Gyeongseong-hyo the Great of Korea
|Ancestors of Sunjo of Joseon|
- "::: Cultural Heritage, the source for Koreans' Strength and Dream :::". Cultural Heritage Administration Of Korea. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "Heonilleung Royal Tomb Seoul, Korea". Exploring Korea. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- Daughter of Park Jun-won (박준원) and Lady Won of the Wonju Won clan
- Daughter of Kim Jo-sun (김조순) and Lady Sim (심씨)
- Posthumously known as "Sunwon, the Sook Empress" (순원숙황후)
- He is given the title "Ikjong" (익종)
|Rulers of Korea