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Empress Sunmyeong of the Korean Empire (20 November 1872 – 20 July 1907) was the consort of Emperor Yunghui, the last emperor of the Joseon Dynasty and Korea.

Empress Sunmyeong
Crown Princess of Korea
Empress of Korea (posthumously honored)
Crown Princess of Korea
Born(1872-10-20)20 October 1872
Died5 November 1904(1904-11-05) (aged 32)
Sunjong of Korea (m. 1882–1904)
Posthumous name
FatherMin Taeho

She was born in 1872. She married Sunjong in 1882 and she died on 20 July 1907. She was a witness to her mother-in-law's assassination in 1895, when she stood in front of the Empress, attempting to protect her.[1] This may have contributed to her early death, as she was plagued by severe depression thereafter.[1] She was appointed as empress after her death.

She died before her husband was enthroned.[2] She is buried with her husband and his second wife, Empress Sunjeong.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Daum 카페". Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ "조선왕조실록 : 요청하신 페이지를 찾을 수 없습니다". Retrieved 17 April 2017.