Sunjong of Korea

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sunjong
Emperor of Korea
Sunjong of the Korean Empire.jpg
Emperor of Korea
Reign 20 July 1907 – 29 August 1910
Predecessor Gojong of Korea
Successor Meiji Emperor as Emperor of Japan and Annexed Territories (Korean Empire abolished)
Emperor of Korea
Pretend 29 August 1910 – 24 April 1926
Successor Yi Eun, Crown Prince Euimin
House House of Yi
Father Gojong of Korea
Mother Empress Myeongseong
Born (1874-03-25)25 March 1874
Changdeok Palace, Seoul, Korea
Died 24 April 1926(1926-04-24) (aged 52)
Changdeok Palace, Keijo (Seoul), Japanese Empire
Burial Yureung
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Sunjong Yungheeje
McCune–Reischauer Sunjong Yung'huije
Pen name
Hangul 정헌
Hanja 正軒
Revised Romanization Jeongheon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏnghŏn
Birth name
Hangul 이척
Hanja 李坧
Revised Romanization I Cheok
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'ŏk
Courtesy name
Hangul 군방
Hanja 君邦
Revised Romanization Gunbang
McCune–Reischauer Kunbang

Sunjong, the Emperor Yunghui (Hangul: 융희제; hanja: 隆熙帝; RR: Yunghuije; MR: Yunghŭije; 25 March 1874 – 24 April 1926), was the second and final Emperor of Korea, ruling from 1907 until 1910. He was the final ruler of the Yi dynasty.

Biography[edit]

Sunjong was the fourth son of Emperor Gwangmu and Empress Myeongseong. Crown Prince Yi Cheok (Sunjong) was made Emperor Yung-hui when the Japanese forced the abdication of Emperor Gwangmu in 1907. Sunjong ruled for just three years and his reign ended with the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty in August 1910 and the Japanese abolished the Korean Empire, ending 519 years of Korean rule under the same family.[1] After the annexation treaty the former emperor Sunjong and his wife, Empress Sunjeong, lived the rest of their lives virtually imprisoned in Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul.[2]

Death[edit]

Sunjong died on 24 April 1926 in Changdeokgung and is buried with his two wives at the imperial tomb of Yureung (유릉, 裕陵) in the city of Namyangju.

Family[edit]

  1. Empress Sunmyeong of the Yeoheung Min clan (순명황후 민씨, 1872–1904) – born to Min Tae-ho, leader of the Yeoheung Min clan; relative of Empress Myeongseong. She died before her husband was enthroned.
  2. Empress Sunjeong of the Haepyeong Yun clan (순정황후 윤씨, 1894–1966) – daughter of Marquis Yun Taek-yeong.

His full posthumous name[edit]

  • His Imperial Majesty Emperor Sunjong Munon Muryeong Donin Seonggyeong of Korea
  • 대한제국순종문온무령돈인성경황제폐하
  • 大韓帝國純宗文溫武寧敦仁誠敬皇帝陛下
  • Daehan Jeguk Sunjong Munon Muryeong Donin Seonggyeong Hwangje Pyeha

Ancestry[edit]

Monarchs of Korea
Joseon dynasty
  1. Taejo 1392–1398
  2. Jeongjong 1398–1400
  3. Taejong 1400–1418
  4. Sejong the Great 1418–1450
  5. Munjong 1450–1452
  6. Danjong 1452–1455
  7. Sejo 1455–1468
  8. Yejong 1468–1469
  9. Seongjong 1469–1494
  10. Yeonsangun 1494–1506
  11. Jungjong 1506–1544
  12. Injong 1544–1545
  13. Myeongjong 1545–1567
  14. Seonjo 1567–1608
  15. Gwanghaegun 1608–1623
  16. Injo 1623–1649
  17. Hyojong 1649–1659
  18. Hyeonjong 1659–1674
  19. Sukjong 1674–1720
  20. Gyeongjong 1720–1724
  21. Yeongjo 1724–1776
  22. Jeongjo 1776–1800
  23. Sunjo 1800–1834
  24. Heonjong 1834–1849
  25. Cheoljong 1849–1863
  26. Gojong 1863–1907
  27. Sunjong 1907–1910

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "::: Cultural Heritage, the source for Koreans' Strength and Dream :::". Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Emperor Sunjong of Korea". Asian History. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
Sunjong of Korea
Born: 25 March 1874 Died: 24 April 1926
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Gwangmu Emperor
Emperor of Korea
20 July 1907 – 29 August 1910
Title dissolved
Political offices
Preceded by
Gwangmu Emperor
as Emperor of Korea
Head of State of Korea
as Emperor of Korea

20 July 1907 – 29 August 1910
Succeeded by
Meiji Emperor
as Emperor of Japan
Titles in pretence
Loss of title
— TITULAR —
Emperor of Korea
29 August 1910 – 24 April 1926
Succeeded by
Crown Prince Euimin