Yun Won-hyeong

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Yun Won-hyeong (윤원형, 尹元衡, 1509 – November 18, 1565) was a Korean political figure of the Joseon period. He was the younger brother of Queen Munjeong, the 3rd wife of 11th King Jungjong and was the uncle of the 13th King Myeongjong.

He was Chief State Councillor from 1563 to 1565. His courtesy name was Eonpyung (언평;彦平). In 1565, after the death of Queen Munjeong, both Yun Won-hyeong and his wife Jeong Nan-jeong were exiled from the capital, and unable to make a political comeback, both committed suicide by poison.


In 1509, Yun Won-hyeong was born the fifth son of Yun Ji-im, father of Queen Munjung and third cousin of Queen Janggyung and Yun Im. He was also the great-grandnephew of Queen Chunghee, who was the wife of Joseon Dynasty's 7th King Sejo.

Yun Won-hyeong was a political figure from an aristocratic family and a maternal relation of the royal family of the Joseon Dynasty. His family was of the Papyung Yun clan (파평윤씨, 波平尹氏). His elder sister, Lady Yun, was a concubine to King Jungjong of Joseon, and his niece Lady Yun[note 1] was a concubine to King Injong.[note 2] In March 1515, Jungjong's second wife Queen Janggyung died and Jungjong formally married Yun Won-hyeong's sister Lady Yun, appointed to be the new Queen. Their son was Prince Gyungwon (the future King Myeongjong).

In 1533, Yun Won-hyeong passed the national examinations. Officials appointed to he was sought to bolting prince Gyungwon. hi was relatives to his conflict Yun Im and Kim Ahnro, but Kim Ahnro's daughter-in-law Princess Hyohye was sister of Injong, Yun Im was uncle of Injong, brother of Queen Janggyung.

In 1543, King Jungjong died. In 1545, King Injong died. Yun Won-hyeong killed his opponents, Yun Im among them. Later, his brother Yun Won-ro was killed (the Eulsa massacre). In 1546, he controlled political powers. In 1547 he became Minister of Personnel (Ijo Panseo), in 1551 Left State Councillor and in 1563 Chief State Councillor.

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  1. ^ second elder brother Yun Wonryang's daughter
  2. ^ son of King Junjong and Queen Janggyung


  1. ^ Chung Joo-won (April 28, 2016). "Joseon-era epic promises 'unexpected' adventures". Yonhap. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Jeong Joon-hwa (May 2, 2016). "[어저께TV] '옥중화' 고수, 10분 등장만으로 증명한 가치". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Park Jin-hai (May 8, 2016). "Flower in Prison set to be next hit drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Lee Hye-ah (July 21, 2016). "Halfway through, Flower of Prison leaves much to be expected". Yonhap. Retrieved July 21, 2016.


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