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Members of the Joseon Dynasty

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List of the members of the Joseon Dynasty, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list includes the names of each famous person in the Joseon Dynasty, along with information like where each person was born. If you're doing research on historic members of the Joseon Dynasty, then this list is the perfect jumping off point for finding out which notable people are included. The Joseon Dynasty has held prominence in the world dating back many years, so it's no wonder that many people have a fascination with its members. While this is not an exact family tree, it does show a list of many popular members of the Joseon Dynasty.

List includes Syngman Rhee, Empress Myeongseong, more.

The information on this page of prominent Joseon Dynasty members can help answer the questions, “Who was in the Joseon Dynasty?” and "Who is part of the Joseon Dynasty?


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    Syngman Rhee
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    Syngman Rhee was a Korean statesman and the first president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea as well as the first president of South Korea. His three-term presidency of South Korea was strongly affected by Cold War tensions on the Korean peninsula. Rhee was regarded as an ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1875-1965)
    • Birthplace: Korean Peninsula, South Hwanghae Province, Haeju, North Korea
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    Empress Myeongseong
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    Empress Myeongseong, also known as Queen Min, was the first official wife of King Gojong, the twenty-sixth king of the Joseon dynasty of Korea. In 1902, she received the posthumous name Hyoja Wonsŏng Jŏnghwa Hapchŏn Honggong Sŏngdŏk Myŏngsŏng Taehwanghu, often abbreviated as Myŏngsŏng Hwanghu, meaning ...more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1851-1895)
    • Birthplace: Yeoju, South Korea
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    Yi Wu

    Yi Wu
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    Colonel Yi Wu, was the 4th head of Unhyeon Palace, a member of the imperial family of Korea, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War.more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1912-1945)
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
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    Gojong of the Korean Empire

    Gojong of the Korean Empire
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    Gojong, the Emperor Gwangmu, was the twenty-sixth king of the Korean Joseon dynasty and the first emperor of Korea.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1852-1919)
    • Birthplace: Unhyeongung
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    Prince Yi Gu was a Korean prince. He was pretender to the throne from 1970 until he died in 2005. He was the grandson of Gojong of the Joseon dynasty. Gu was born in Kitashirakawa Palace, Kioicho, Kojimachiku, Tokyo, Japan; his father was Crown Prince Eun of Korea, and his mother was Princess Bangja, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1931-2005)
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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    Taejo of Joseon

    Taejo of Joseon
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    Taejo of Joseon, born Yi Seong-gye, whose changed name is Yi Dan, was the founder and the first king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea reigning from 1392 to 1398, and the main figure in overthrowing the Goryeo Dynasty. He was posthumously raised to the rank of Emperor in 1899 by Gojong, the Gwangmu ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1335-1408)
    • Birthplace: Hamhung, North Korea
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    Empress Sunjeong

    Empress Sunjeong
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    Empress Sunjeong of the Korean Empire was the consort of Emperor Yunghui, the last emperor of the Joseon Dynasty and Korea.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1894-1966)
    • Birthplace: Joseon
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    Jeongjo of Joseon

    King Jeongjo was the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. He made various attempts to reform and improve the nation of Joseon. He was preceded by his grandfather King Yeongjo and succeeded by his son King Sunjo. Some say Jeongjo is one of the most successful and visionary rulers of the Joseon ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1752-1800)
    • Birthplace: Changgyeonggung, Seoul, South Korea
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    Yeongjo of Joseon

    Yeongjo of Joseon
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    Yeongjo was the 21st king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. He was the second son of Sukjong by Royal Noble Consort Suk of the Haeju Choi clan, and succeeded his older brother Gyeongjong as Prince after considerable controversy. Yeongjo's reign lasted 52 years and was marked by his persistent efforts to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1694-1776)
    • Birthplace: Changdeokgung, South Korea
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    Sunjong of the Korean Empire

    Sunjong of the Korean Empire
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    Sunjong, the Emperor Yunghui, was the second and final Emperor of Korea, ruling from 1907 until 1910. He was the final ruler of the Yi dynasty.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1874-1926)
    • Birthplace: Changdeokgung, South Korea
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    Queen Munjeong

    Queen Munjeong was the wife of King Jungjong of Joseon. She was of the Papyeong Yun clan. She was regent for her son King Myeongjong when he was still too young to rule by himself until 1565. Known as a good administrator, she continued to rule even after he reached the age of majority. She gave out the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1501-1565)
    • Birthplace: Joseon
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    Taejong of Joseon

    King Taejong was the third king of the Joseon dynasty in Korea and the father of King Sejong the Great.more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1367-1422)
    • Birthplace: Hamhung, North Korea
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    Sukjong of Joseon

    Sukjong was the 19th king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea from 1674 to 1720. A skilled politician, he caused multiple changes of political alliance throughout his reign, switching between the Southerner, Westerner, Soron, and Noron political factions.more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1661-1720)
    • Birthplace: Changdeokgung, South Korea
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    Queen Jeongsun

    Queen Jeongsun was a Queen consort of Korea as married to King Yeongjo, and the regent of Korea from 1800 to 1805 as the guardian of her minor step great-grandson, Sunjo of Joseon. She was a member of the Gyeongju Kim clan.more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1745-1805)
    • Birthplace: Yeoju, South Korea
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    Yi Bangja

    Yi Bangja
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    Yi Bangja, Crown Princess Uimin of Korea was the consort of Crown Prince Euimin of Korea. She and her husband would have been the emperor and empress of the Empire of Korea if Korea had not been annexed to the Empire of Japan in 1910.more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1901-1989)
    • Birthplace: Tokyo-fu
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    Queen Inhyeon

    Queen Inhyeon was the second Queen consort of King Sukjong of Joseon and one of the best known Queens of the Joseon Dynasty. Her life has been portrayed in many Korean historical dramas.more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1667-1701)
    • Birthplace: Yeoju, South Korea
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    Yi Won

    Yi Won is a descendant of the Joseon Dynasty and one of multiple pretenders who claim to be head the House of Yi. He worked as a general manager of Hyundai Home Shopping a Hyundai Department Store Group company until Prince Yi Gu died on 16 July 2005. He was born as the eldest son of Prince Gap of ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
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    Prince Imperial Ui

    Yi Kang, the Prince Imperial Uihwa, was the fifth son of Emperor Gwangmu of Korea and his concubine, Lady Yang, who was a court lady-in-waiting. Prince Yi Kang was not the Crown Prince, even though he was older than his brother Prince Imperial Yeong, due to the status of his mother. He was only ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1877-1955)
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    Munjong of Joseon

    King Munjong was the fifth King of the Joseon Dynasty, who ruled Korea from 1450 to 1452. He was the eldest son of King Sejong and succeeded him in 1450, but died of disease two years later. He was succeeded by his son, Danjong of Joseon. Most of Munjong's achievements were performed during his princely ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1414-1452)
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    Danjong of Joseon

    Danjong of Joseon was the sixth king of the Joseon Dynasty. He was forced to abdicate by his uncle, who became Sejo of Joseon, and exiled to Yeongwol County. Where he was later murdered and his remains are buried.more

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    • Age: Died at 16 (1441-1457)
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