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Emperor of Korea
Emperor of Korea
Reign 20 July 1907 – 29 August 1910
Coronation 20 July 1907
Predecessor Gojong of Korea
Father Gojong of Korea
Mother Empress Myeongseong
Born 25 March 1874(1874-03-25)
Changdeok Palace, Seoul, Korea
Died 24 April 1926 (aged 52)
Changdeok Palace, Keijo, Japanese Empire
Burial Yureung
Korean name
Hangul 순종 융희제
Hanja 純宗 隆熙帝
Revised Romanization Sunjong Yungheeje
McCune–Reischauer Sunjong Yung'huije
Pen name
Hangul 정헌
Hanja 正軒
Revised Romanization Jeongheon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏnghŏn
Birth name
Hangul 이척
Hanja 李坧
Revised Romanization I Cheok
McCune–Reischauer Yi Ch'ŏk
Courtesy name
Hangul 군방
Hanja 君邦
Revised Romanization Gunbang
McCune–Reischauer Kunbang

Sunjong, the Yunghui Emperor (Hangul: 융희제; Hanja: 隆熙帝; RR: Yunghuije; MR: Yunghŭije; 25 March 1874–24 April 1926) was the last emperor of the Joseon Dynasty and Korean Empire in Korea, ruling from 1907 until 1910.

He is the fourth son of Emperor Gwangmu. Crown Prince Yi Cheok was made Emperor Yung-hui when the Japanese forced the abdication of Emperor Gwangmu and his reign ended with the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty of 1910. After the Annexation Treaty, Emperor Sunjong was put in the Changdeokgung confinement by the Japanese. He died on 24 April 1926 in Changdeokgung. He is buried with his two wives at the imperial tomb of Yureung (유릉, 裕陵) in the city of Namyangju.



  1. Empress Sunmyeong of the Yeoheung Min clan (순명황후 민씨, 1872–1904) – born to Min Tae-ho, leader of the Yeoheung Min clan; relative of Empress Myeongseong. She died before her husband was enthroned.
  2. Empress Sunjeong of the Haepyeong Yun clan (순정황후 윤씨, 1894–1966) – daughter of Marquis Yun Taek-yeong.
  • No Issue

His full posthumous name

  • His Imperial Majesty Emperor Sunjong Munon Muryeong Donin Seonggyeong of Korea
  • 대한제국순종문온무령돈인성경황제폐하
  • 大韓帝國純宗文溫武寧敦仁誠敬皇帝陛下
  • Daehan Jeguk Sunjong Munon Muryeong Donin Seonggyeong Hwangje Pyeha


See also

Flag of Imperial Korea until 1910
Pretenders to the
Korean throne since 1910
since 2005
since 2005
See also House of Yi
Emperor Sunjong of the Korean Empire
Born: 25 March 1874 Died: 24 April 1926
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Gwangmu Emperor
Emperor of Korea
20 July 1907 – 29 August 1910
Title dissolved
Political offices
Preceded by
Gwangmu Emperor
as Emperor of Korea
Head of State of Korea
as Emperor of Korea

20 July 1907 – 29 August 1910
Succeeded by
Meiji Emperor
as Emperor of Japan
Titles in pretence
Loss of title
Emperor of Korea
29 August 1910 – 24 April 1926
Succeeded by
Crown Prince Euimin


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