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|Revised Romanization||Eoudong, Eoeuludong|
Uhwudong (어우동, 於宇同, born 1440?, died October 18, 1480) and Uheulwudong (어을우동; 於乙宇同, Eoeuldong, Aeulwoodong) was a Korean dancer, writer, artist, and poet from a noble family (Park) in the Joseon Dynasty of the 15th century. Most of her work has not been preserved.
Uhwudong was from was a noble family of the Joseon Dynasty. She married Yidong, prince Taegang (태강수 이동, 泰江守 李仝), the great grandson of Joseon Taejong. She was forced to divorce him on account of adultery charges and subsequently she became an active poet, writer, artist, and dancer.
She was noted for her exceptional beauty, dancing, singing talent, poetry, quick wit and charm, and extraordinary intellect. Her personal life has become almost myth-like, having inspired novels, movies, TV series, operas, and numerous poets. She was reinstated by after the destruction of the Joseon Dynasty. After the destruction of the Joseon Dynasty in 1910, due to her renowned assertive and independent nature, she has become a modern popular cultural icon of Korea.
Although only a handful of sijo (formatted verse used in Korea, as in English sonnet) and geomungo pieces exist today, they nonetheless show skilled craftsmanship of words and musical arrangement. These verses hint at the tragedy of her lost loves. Some are also responses to numerous famous classic Chinese poems and literature.
In Popular Culture
- Portrayed by Lee Bo-hee in the 1985 movie Eoudong.
- Portrayed by Kim Sa-rang in the 2007 TV drama The King and I.
- Hwang Jini
- Guji, Princess of Joseon
- Heo Nanseolheon
- Yu Gam-dong
- Shin Saimdang
- Lim Yunjidang
- Na Hye-sok
- 어우동 (Korean)
- 어우동과 양반의 성문화 (Korean)
- 왕가의 며느리였던 '어우동'은 어떤 스캔들? - 오마이뉴스 2012.03.01 (Korean)
- 남성지배 사회에 맞선 어우동 (Korean)
- grand son of Prince Hyoryung