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Sunjong of Korea

Sunjong of Korea
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Emperor of Korea
Reign19 July 1907 - 29 August 1910
PredecessorGojong of Korea
SuccessorPosition abolished
(Terauchi Masatake as Governor General of Japanese Korea)
Crown Prince of Korea
Reign13 October 1897 - 19 July 1907
PredecessorTitle established
SuccessorCrown Prince Euimin
Crown Prince of Joseon
Reign1876 - 13 October 1897
PredecessorCrown Prince Hyomyeong
SuccessorNone
Born(1874-03-25)25 March 1874
Changdeok Palace, Hanseong, Joseon dynasty of Korea
Died24 April 1926(1926-04-24) (aged 52)
Changdeok Palace, Keij?, Japanese Korea
Burial
Spouse
(m. 1882⁠–⁠1904)
(m. 1907⁠–⁠1926)
Era dates
Yunghui (, ; 1907-1910)
Posthumous name
Emperor Mun-on Mu-ryeong Don-in Seong-gyeong Hyo (, )
Temple name
Sunjong (, )
HouseHouse of Yi
FatherGojong of Korea
MotherEmpress Myeongseong

Sunjong, the Emperor Yunghui (Korean; Hanja; RRYunghuije; MRYungh?ije; 25 March 1874 - 24 April 1926) also known pejoratively as Chinilpa Yunghui ((Korean: , lit. "pro-Japan faction Yunghui"),[1][a][2][3] was the second and the last Emperor of Korea, of the Yi dynasty, ruling from 1907 until 1910.

Biography

Sunjong was the second son of Emperor Gojong and Empress Myeongseong. When he became two years old in 1876, Sunjong was proclaimed the Crown Prince of Joseon. In 1882, he married a daughter of the Yeoheung Min clan, who later became Empress Sunmyeonghyo (Korean; Hanja). She later died at the age of 31 on 5 November 1904 due to the severe depression she got from trying to protect his mother of her assassination on 8 October 1895.

The Korean Empire was established in 1897, and Sunjong became the imperial crown prince. Sunjong remarried again 3 years later to Yun Jeong-sun of the Haepyeong Yun clan, who was 20 years his junior, on 24 January 1907, and became Crown Princess Consort Yun (later Empress Sunjeong). In 19 July 1907, Gojong was deposed as a result of Japanese coercion, and Sunjong was made Emperor of Korea. He was proclaimed heir to the throne of Prince Imperial Yeong (Korean; Hanja), the younger half-brother of Sunjong, and moved from Deoksugung Palace to the imperial residence at Changdeokgung Palace.[4]

Sunjong's reign was limited by the gradually increasing armed intervention of the Japanese government in Korea. In July 1907, he was proclaimed emperor of Korea but was immediately forced to enter into the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1907 (Korean, 7; Hanja, ). This treaty allowed the Japanese government to supervise and intervene in the administration and governance of Korea, which also allowed for the appointment of Japanese ministers within the government.[5]

While under Japanese supervision, the Korean army was dismissed on the pretext of lack of public finance regulations. In 1909, Japan implemented the Japan-Korea Protocol (Korean?; Hanja?) which effectively removed Korea's judicial power. Meanwhile, Japan dispatched It? Hirobumi, Japanese Resident-General of Korea, to negotiate with Russia over problems involving Korea and Manchuria. However, It? was assassinated by Ahn Jung-geun at Harbin, which led to the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910. Pro-Japanese politicians, such as Song Byung-jun and Lee Wan-yong, defected, merging Korea with Japan by fabricating Korea's willingness and establishing the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty on August 29, 1910.[6][7]

Although still existent on paper, the intervention by the Japanese government effectively ended Sunjong's reign over the Korean Empire and he became essentially powerless within three years of ruling. Japan, in effect, abolished the Korean Empire on August 29, 1910, ending 519 years of the Joseon dynasty.[8]

After abdication

After the annexation treaty, the former Emperor Sunjong and his wife, Empress Sunjeong, lived the rest of their lives virtually imprisoned in Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul.[9] Sunjong could not exercise any power as emperor because there were only pro-Japanese politicians in government. After the Korean Empire collapsed, Sunjong was demoted from emperor to king. Japan allowed him the title of King Yi of Changdeok Palace (Korean ; Hanja ) and allowed for the title to be inherited.[4]

Sunjong died on April 24, 1926, in Changdeokgung and is buried with his two wives at the imperial tomb of Yureung (, ) in the city of Namyangju. His state funeral on June 10, 1926, was a catalyst for the June 10th Movement against Japanese rule. He had no children.[10]

Family

  • Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather
    • Yi Hyeok, Prince Eui ( , ) (13 June 1661 - 12 November 1722)
      • Adoptive-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: Yi Hwan, Prince Yang ( , ) (April 1658 - March 1724)
  • Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother
    • Princess Consort Kwon of the Andong Kwon clan ( ?) (27 August 1664 - 7 April 1735)
      • Adoptive-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Princess Consort Min of the Yeoheung Min clan ( )
  • Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather
    • Yi Suk, Prince Anheung ( , ) (9 October 1693 - 7 April 1768)
  • Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother
    • Princess Consort Ryu of the Munhwa Ryu clan ( ?) (3 January 1696 - 13 January 1755)
  • Great-Great-Great-Grandfather
    • Yi Jin-ik (, ) (25 September 1728 - 26 April 1796)
  • Great-Great-Great-Grandmother
    • Lady Jo of the Hanyang Jo clan (); (? ?) daughter of Jo Do-gyeon (, )
  • Great-Great-Grandfather
    • Yi Byeong-won (6 April 1752 - 11 November 1822) (, )
      • Adoptive-Great-Great-Grandfather: Yi Jin, Prince Eunsin ( , ) (11 January 1755 - 29 March 1771)
  • Great-Great-Grandmother
    • Lady Jeong of the Yeonil Jeong clan (? ); (? ?) daughter of Jeong Eui-hwan (, )
      • Adoptive-Great-Great-Grandmother: Princess Consort Namyang of the Namyang Hong clan ( , ) (1755 - 21 March 1829)
  • Great-Grandfather
    • Yi Gu, Prince Namyeon (22 August 1788 - 19 March 1836) ( , )
  • Great-Grandmother
    • Princess Consort Min of the Yeoheung Min clan (26 June 1788 - 1831) ( ?, )
  • Grandfather
  • Grandmother
  • Father
  • Mother
  • Brothers
    • Older half-brother: Yi Seon, Prince Wanhwa (16 April 1868 - 12 January 1880) ( )
    • Unnamed older brother (born 4 November 1871 - 8 November 1871)
    • Unnamed younger brother (born 5 April 1875 - 18 April 1875)
    • Unnamed younger brother (born 18 February 1878 - 5 June 1878)
    • Younger half-brother: Yi Kang, Prince Uihwa (30 March 1877 - August 1955) ( )
    • Younger half-brother: Yi Eun, Crown Prince Uimin (20 October 1897 - 1 May 1970) ( ?)
    • Younger half-brother: Prince Yi Yuk (3 July 1914 - 22 January 1915) ()
    • Younger half-brother: Prince Yi U (20 August 1915 - 25 July 1916) ()
  • Sisters
    • Unnamed older half-sister (born 1871-1872)
    • Unnamed older sister (born 13 February 1873 - 28 September 1873)
    • Unnamed younger half-sister (born 1879-1880)
    • Younger half-sister: Princess Deokhye (25 May 1912 - 21 April 1989) (?, ?)
  • Consorts:

Honours

Ancestry

Gallery

See also

Notes

  1. ^ sunjong was born in february 8th 1874 in the lunar calendar.However in 1908, when the emperor's birthday was made into a public holiday called geonwonjeol(), the date has been converted to a solar calendar.
  2. ^ The order was established by the emperor's orders in 1907.

References

  1. ^ "Chinilpa - Unionpedia, the concept map". en.unionpedia.org. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ http://encykorea.aks.ac.kr/Contents/Item/E0002014
  3. ^ http://encykorea.aks.ac.kr/Contents/Item/E0031947
  4. ^ a b "The Academy of Korean Studies() ?(Sunjong)".
  5. ^ 6?(History of Gojong's Period 6) (National History Compilation Committee), 1969, 635p.
  6. ^ 6?(History of Gojong's Period 6) (National History Compilation Committee), 1969, 641p.
  7. ^ Rhee, Song Nai. Beautiful as the Rainbow: Nashimoto Masako, a Japanese Princess against All ... p. 100.
  8. ^ "::: Cultural Heritage, the source for Koreans' Strength and Dream :::". Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Emperor Sunjong of Korea". Asian History. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Yunghui Yi Cheok, Emperor Sunjong. Korea's Last Emperor's Goodbye: Korea Annexed by Japan. 1915.
  11. ^ http://encykorea.aks.ac.kr/Contents/Item/E0027776
  12. ^ ? (2017). (PDF) (in Japanese). ?. pp. 149, 150.
Sunjong of Korea
Born: 25 March 1874 Died: 24 April 1926
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Gojong
Emperor of Korea
19 July 1907 - 29 August 1910
Empire dissolved
Royal titles
New title
King Yi
(Changdeokgung)

29 August 1910 - 24 April 1926
Succeeded by
Yi Un
Titles in pretence
Loss of title -- TITULAR --
Emperor of Korea
29 August 1910 - 24 April 1926
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1910
Succeeded by
Crown Prince Euimin

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