Deposed Queen Lady Yun

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Queen Jeheon
Queen Consort of Joseon
Tenure 1476 - 1479
Predecessor Queen Gonghye
Successor Queen Jeonghyeon
Born 15 July 1455
Kingdom of Joseon
Died 29 August 1482 (1482-08-30) (aged 27)
Kingdom of Joseon
Spouse King Seongjong of Joseon
Issue King Yeonsan of Joseon
House Haman Yun
Father Yun Ki-Gyeon
Mother Lady Shin of the Goryeong Shin clan
Deposed Queen Lady Yun
Hangul 폐비윤씨
Hanja 廢妃尹氏
Revised Romanization Pyebi Yunssi
McCune–Reischauer Pyepi Yunssi
Former title
Hangul 제헌왕후
Hanja 齊獻王后
Revised Romanization Jeheon wanghu
McCune–Reischauer Jehŏn wanghu

Deposed Queen Lady Yun (Korea:폐비윤씨, hanja: 廢妃 尹氏, 15 July 1455 – 29 August 1482), an 11th generation descendant of General Yun Gwan (윤관). She was the second wife of King Seongjong of the Joseon Dynasty , and mother of King Yeonsangun. She was a Royal Noble Consort of the King, and became Queen ('Gonghye') after her predecessor died.


Deposed Queen Yoon, formally known as Queen Jeheon, served Seongjong of Joseon as a concubine until the death of Queen Gonghye of Han, Seongjong's first wife. With no royal heir, the king was urged by counselors to take a second wife to secure the royal succession.

Lady Yoon was chosen for her beauty,[1] and was formally married in 1476. Several months later, she gave birth to her first son, Yi Yung, later to become King Yeonsangun of Joseon. The new queen proved to be temperamental and highly jealous of Seongjong's concubines living inside the palace, even stooping to poisoning one of them in 1477.

One night in 1479, she clawed the king, leaving visible scratch marks on his face. King Seongjong tried to conceal the injury, but his mother, Grand Queen Insu, discovered the truth and ordered Lady Yoon, now known as the Deposed Queen Yoon, into exile.

After several rehabilitation attempts initiated by her party, influential government officials petitioned for her execution. She was sentenced to death and poisoned shortly thereafter. The manner and matter of her death became a pretext by her son to purge the court and government of opponents and critics of his rule.

Media depictions[edit]

She is depicted in the first episode of the Korean historical drama Dae Jang Geum. Moreover, she is portrayed as a kind and good Queen in the Korean TV historical drama The King and I. However, she is depicted as a villainous Queen in the televised historical drama Queen Insoo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Such was her beauty that it was said to resemble Princess Noguk's face. From the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty, entry dated 1497, during the 3rd year of her son's rule.

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Preceded by
Queen Gonghye
Queen consort of Korea
Succeeded by
Queen Jeonghyeon