Yongle Emperor

1360 - 1424

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The Yongle Emperor (simplified Chinese: 永乐帝; traditional Chinese: 永樂帝; pinyin: Yǒnglè Dì; Wade–Giles: Yung-le Ti; pronounced [jʊ̀ŋlɤ̂ tî]; 2 May 1360 – 12 August 1424), personal name Zhu Di (Chinese: 朱棣; pinyin: Zhū Dì; Wade–Giles: Chu Ti), was the third Emperor of the Ming dynasty, reigning from 1402 to 1424. Zhu Di was the fourth son of the Hongwu Emperor, the founder of the Ming dynasty. He was originally enfeoffed as the Prince of Yan (燕王) in May 1370, with the capital of his princedom at Beiping (modern Beijing). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yongle Emperor has received more than 1,266,639 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Yongle Emperor is the 414th most popular politician (up from 455th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from China (up from 33rd in 2019) and the 15th most popular Politician.

Yongle emperor is most famous for building the Forbidden City, which is the imperial palace in Beijing.

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Among politicians, Yongle Emperor ranks 414 out of 15,577Before him are Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Charles III of Spain, Louis Bonaparte, Louis VIII of France, George III of the United Kingdom, and Baibars. After him are Oleg of Novgorod, José Mujica, Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor, George II of Great Britain, Severus Alexander, and Albert II of Belgium.

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Among people born in 1360, Yongle Emperor ranks 1After him are Andrei Rublev, Jan Žižka, Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici, Philippa of Lancaster, Ulrich von Jungingen, Klaus Störtebeker, Cennino Cennini, Amadeus VII, Count of Savoy, Nuno Álvares Pereira, Joseph II of Constantinople, and Caterina Visconti. Among people deceased in 1424, Yongle Emperor ranks 1After him are Jan Žižka, Ernest, Duke of Austria, Margaret of Bavaria, Muzio Attendolo Sforza, and Emperor Go-Kameyama.

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Among people born in China, Yongle Emperor ranks 29 out of 1,392Before him are Xuanzang (602), Cai Lun (48), Lü Bu (161), Guan Yu (162), Kangxi Emperor (1654), and Liu Bei (161). After him are Li Ching-Yuen (1677), Mencius (-372), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Zhuge Liang (181), Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), and Hongwu Emperor (1328).


Among politicians born in China, Yongle Emperor ranks 15Before him are Hu Jintao (1942), Empress Dowager Cixi (1835), Wu Zetian (624), Qianlong Emperor (1711), Kangxi Emperor (1654), and Liu Bei (161). After him are Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), Hongwu Emperor (1328), Jiang Zemin (1926), Zhou Enlai (1898), Emperor Wu of Han (-156), and Emperor Taizong of Tang (598).