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Heungseon Daewongun

1820 - 1898

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Heungseon Daewongun (흥선대원군, 興宣大院君, 21 December 1820 – 22 February 1898; lit. 'Grand Internal Prince Heungseon'), also known as the Daewongun (대원군, 大院君), Guktaegong (국태공, 國太公, "The Great Archduke") or formally Internal King Heungseon Heonui (흥선헌의대원왕, 興宣獻懿大院王) and also known to contemporary western diplomats as Prince Gung, was the title of Yi Ha-eung, the regent of Joseon during the minority of Emperor Gojong in the 1860s and until his death a key political figure of late Joseon Korea. Daewongun literally translates as "prince of the great court", a title customarily granted to the father of the reigning monarch when that father did not reign himself (usually because his son had been adopted as heir of a relative who did reign). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heungseon Daewongun has received more than 352,264 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Heungseon Daewongun is the 2,858th most popular politician (down from 2,824th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from South Korea (up from 55th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular South Korean Politician.

The Heungseon Daewongun was the father of King Gojong, the last king of the Joseon Dynasty. He was instrumental in the modernization of Korea in the late 19th century. He is most famous for his role in the Gabo Reforms, which were a series of reforms that allowed for modernization and Westernization.

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Among POLITICIANS

Among politicians, Heungseon Daewongun ranks 2,858 out of 15,577Before him are Stefan Uroš V, Marcus Atilius Regulus, Lekë Dukagjini, Alfonso III of Aragon, Juvénal Habyarimana, and Herschel Grynszpan. After him are Francisco Macías Nguema, Emperor Zhao of Han, Wang Xizhi, Frederick II, Elector of Saxony, Gevherhan Sultan, and Henry I of Navarre.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1820, Heungseon Daewongun ranks 12Before him are Anne Brontë, Henri, Count of Chambord, Harriet Tubman, Jenny Lind, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and Multatuli. After him are Henri Vieuxtemps, Susan B. Anthony, Božena Němcová, William Tecumseh Sherman, Princess Alexandrine of Baden, and Lewis A. Swift. Among people deceased in 1898, Heungseon Daewongun ranks 16Before him are Johann Jakob Balmer, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, John Newlands, Charles Garnier, Aubrey Beardsley, and Félicien Rops. After him are Henry Bessemer, Syed Ahmad Khan, William Ewart Gladstone, Eleanor Marx, Theodor Fontane, and Edward Burne-Jones.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Heungseon Daewongun ranks 50 out of 944Before him are Sin Saimdang (1504), Jang-geum (1550), Gim Yu-sin (595), Lee Kun-hee (1942), Hyeokgeose of Silla (-69), and Pak Hon-yong (1900). After him are Yi I (1536), Kim Ki-duk (1960), Nam June Paik (1932), Yun Chi-ho (1864), Choe Yeong (1316), and Chang Myon (1899).

Among POLITICIANS In South Korea

Among politicians born in South Korea, Heungseon Daewongun ranks 43Before him are Choi Kyu-hah (1919), Dangun (-333), Hyejong of Goryeo (912), Gim Yu-sin (595), Hyeokgeose of Silla (-69), and Pak Hon-yong (1900). After him are Chang Myon (1899), Jeong Dojeon (1342), Queen Munjeong (1501), Kim Jae-gyu (1926), Kim Tu-bong (1889), and Munmu of Silla (626).