Yi Hae-won

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Yi Haewŏn
Empress of Korea
Pretend 29 September 2006 – present
Born (1919-04-24) 24 April 1919 (age 98)
Sadong Palace, Seoul, Japanese Korea
Spouse Lee Seunggyu
Father Prince Yi Kang
Mother Yi Hui-chun
Yi Haewŏn
Hangul 이해원
Hanja 李海瑗
Revised Romanization Yi Hae-won
McCune–Reischauer Yi Hae-wŏn
Claimed Imperial title
Hangul 여황
Revised Romanization Yeohwang
McCune–Reischauer Yŏhwang

Princess Yi Haewŏn (born April 24, 1919), a descendant of the Joseon dynasty (Empire of Korea), is a pretender to the throne of Korea. She is a second daughter of Prince Imperial Ui of Korea, a fifth son of Emperor Gojong of Korea and his concubine, Lady Sudeokdang. Princess Yi Haewŏn is currently a disputed pretender to the position of head of the Korean Imperial Household with her nephew Won, Hereditary Prince Imperial of Korea.[1][2] She is the eldest of the surviving daughters of Prince Imperial Ui.

Birth and marriage[edit]

Haewŏn was born in Sadong Palace which was an official residence of her family in Seoul and raised in Unhyeon Palace. She graduated from Kyunggi High School in 1936 and then married Lee Seunggyu, who was kidnapped compulsorily to North Korea in the Korean War, having had issue, three sons and one daughter.[3]


Claiming the Throne since the death of her cousin Prince Hoeun on 16 July 2005, Princess Haewŏn was enthroned as the symbolic monarch of Korea on 29 September 2006 by the Korean Imperial Family Association, organized by about a dozen descendants of the Joseon dynasty. She lays claim to the title of the Empress of Korea and declared the restoration of Imperial House in her own succession ceremony. The private enthronement was not approved or supported by the republican government of South Korea.


  • 29 September 2006 – present: assumed to be Her Imperial Highness Princess Yi Haewon, Titular Empress of Korea.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kim So-min (김소민) (6 April 2010). 아직 끝나지않은'황실의 추억'. HeraldBiz (in Korean). Seoul: Herald Media. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  2. ^ 전주이씨 대동종약원 "女皇 추대는 억지 장난". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Seoul. Yonhap. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Royal Ark

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