Yun Won-hyung

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Yun Won-hyung(hangul:윤원형 ; hanja:尹元衡, 1509 – November 18, 1565) was the Korean Joseon Dynasty's writer, philosopher and politician. He was the younger brother of Queen Munjung[note 1] the uncle of the 13th King Myeongjong, Sukbin Yun of Papyung. Sukbin Yun was the concubine of the 12th King Injong.

He was prime minister or chief state councillor of the Joseon Dynasty from 1563 to 1565. He was beheaded after his sister Queen Munjeong's death for his corruption and unrespected manner to King Myeongjong. His courtesy name was Eonpyung (언평;彦平).


In 1509, Won-hyung 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-hyung was a writer, philosopher and politician 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 2] was a concubine to King Injong.[note 3] In March 1515, Jungjong's second wife Queen Janggyung died and Jungjong formally married Won-hyung's sister Lady Yun, appointed by the Queen. Their son was Prince Gyungwon (King Myeongjong).

In 1533, he was passed by Imperial examination to Joseon. 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, Jungjong died and Injong died in 1545. Won-hyung was killed Yun Im and their opponents, and later his brother Yun Won-ro was killed (the Eulsa massacre). In 1546, he controlled political powers.

In 1547 he became Administration Minister, in 1551 vice prime minister or Left State Councillor and in 1563 prime minister or Chief State Councillor of the Joseon Dynasty.

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  1. ^ , the wife of 11th King Jungjong of Joseon,
  2. ^ second elder brother Yun Wonryang's daughter
  3. ^ 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. 


  • Lee, Hong-jik (이홍직) ed. (1983). 새國史事典 (Sae guksa sajeon) (Encyclopedia of Korean history). Seoul: Gyohaksa. 
  • Lee, Ki-baek (tr. E.W. Wagner and E.J. Shultz) (1984). A new history of Korea. Seoul: Ilchokak. 
  • Lee, Il-cheong (이일청) ed. (1993). 인명국사대사전 (Inmyeong guksa sajeon). Seoul: Goryeo Munhwasa. 

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