King Sukjong and Jang Hee Bin’s Tombs

Last weekend I went to Seoorung 서오릉 (meaning 5 western tombs) a UNESCO World Heritage site just outside of Seoul in Gyeonggi-do where some of the Joseon Kings and Queens and concubines are buried. Lady Choi’s tomb, (Dong Yi)  is not here.  But we did see King Sukjong, Queen Inhyeon, and Jang Hee Bin’s tombs.

Myeongneung (明陵)

King Sukjong and Queen Inhyeong’s tombs

The  tombs of King Sukjong and his second and third queens are just outside the Seooreung and they are the only ones that are not fenced off to the public so we could go up on the hill and look more closely at the mounds and animals and figures protecting them.  All the royal tombs  had a similar layout to this one: There’s a gate and then a straight path leading up to the building where rituals were performed on memorial days while the tombs are up on the hills behind this building. The path has different levels presumably so that the highest level rank (King) could walk on the highest level while lower ranks would walk on the lower levels.

Traditionally Kings were buried with the Queen while the concubines had smaller tombs separately. Interestingly, King Sukjong’s tomb is next to Queen Inhyeon, his second wife, the queen portrayed in Dong Yi. (As we’ve just seen in Dong Yi, the King exiled the Queen from the palace, thanks to the scheming Lady Jang who then became the top level concubine with the title Hee Bin when she gave birth to the King’s first son. Historically the King regrets exiling Queen Inhyeon and allows her to come back to the palace but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the drama). His third wife, Queen Inwon (1687-1757) is buried off up on a nearby hill on her own to the left. (see below) Perhaps she is not buried next to him because she outlived him? His first wife, Queen  Ingyeong who died at the age of 19 is buried in a completely separate area within the Seooreung.

Queen Inwons’ grave on the left hill. King Sukjong and Queen Inhyeong on the right hill.

view of Queen Inwon’s tomb from King Sukjong and Queen Inhyeong’s tomb site

For the King and Queen’s memorial service  food offerings are placed on the stone tables in front of the graves.

stone figures stand guard by the tombs

a ram faces the wall guarding the tombs

The concubine tombs

Jang Hee Bin

The tombs of the concubines are more simple than the Kings and Queens. There is no gate leading up to the burial mounds and no buildings. Jang Hee Bin is infamous in history for her aggressive ambition and the interesting thing about her tomb is that behind the tomb is a large rock and through the rock a pine tree has broken through it to grow. There is speculation that this reveals that her ki (energy) was and still is very strong. (the grave was moved here in 1969) Some Korean websites such as this one report that because Jang Hee Bin was such a strong woman there is a belief that if young single women who want a boyfriend go and pay a tribute to Jang Hee Bin at her tomb then they will soon find love. I don’t know if this really works but I suppose it’s worth a try.

Jang Hee Bin’s tomb and the pine tree at the back growing through the rock

The tombs are spread out around the area and there are walks through forests to get to them. King Yeongjo’s queen, Queen Jeongseong (貞聖王后, 1692-1757) is also buried here and according to the Cultural heritage websiteIn the records of the Queen’s life, King Yeongjo expressed his gratitude to Queen Jeongseong, saying that she always welcomed him with a smiling face during her entire 43 years of royal residency, and was fully devoted to her superiors. He added that she was not indolent at all and did her utmost to enshrine the ancestral tablet of his birth mother, Sukbin, from the Choi family.” (i.e. Dong Yi)

His concubine’s tomb is also here. Yeongbin (暎嬪, ?-1764) This is the first tomb we saw when we entered the seoorung and I like it for its simplicity. There are no rooms built for rituals and no gate or pathway.

50 thoughts on “King Sukjong and Jang Hee Bin’s Tombs

      • yeah, me too is fun of watching ancient korean drama. i never thought that some of them are true to life story. i want to know also the kings and queens history and the kings concubine

    • Dong Yi was never loved by King Sukjong whereas Jang ok Jung was truly loved by King Sukjong… you should watch Jang ok jung korean drama.. that hiistorical drama showed how King Sukjong loved Jang ok jung since they were children… they’re meant to be.. i really love King sukjong and jang ok jung love story.. jang ok jung sa sentenced to death because of Dong Yi.. dong yi told king sukjong that jang ok jung curse the 2nd queen (forgot the name) which was jang ok jugn never cursed her,, she just pray for her son the crown prince because that time, the crown prince was sick thats why jang ok jung calls a shaman to pray for her son the crown prince, but because of that stupid Dong Yi she made jang ok jung suffer uuuurrrrgh i really hate hare!! i wish i coud go to their real life and change everything and kill dong yi hahaha fuck. anyway i enjoyed the Jang ok jung afterall evethough she died, coz Jang ok Jung died in the arms of King Sukjong :D it showed their true love to each other

      • at first i really like dongyi..i even watch it several times. but when i watch jang ok jung i felt mad towards donyi.. lets go for jang ok jung. :)

    • Ya u right.about tha dont sounds right aint no such thing as good luck and the only way u could hook up by tryin to find somebody to be with

  1. i’m just done watching dong yi and was so intrigued by the love of the king for his concubine though i know it may not be entirely true so that i felt the need to know the characters more through history records. this is the reason i was able to come across this article and was so moved by the filial affection of king yeongjo to his mother, dong yi. got to save up to see the graves for real!

  2. since watching dong yi, i thought that the king loved her to the end, but reading the history there came several women after dong yi, and if she died 2 years before him, and he had like quiet a few others, it seems the story was not true.I would love an explanation for that.
    kind regards
    gabriele

    • because there is not much records of Choi Suk Bin, this drama seems to have created a picturesque storyline for the so-called Dong yi, which is largely based on imagination for her character.

      • No u jackasses its based on a true story about this girl who loses her father and brother fo the crime they did not commit since they were set by the south faction and then she enters the palace as a lowly maid then works her way up to lady investgator then royal consort wen sukjong promotes her and dong yi gives birth to geum aka prince yeoning who becomes king yeonjo of 23rd king of joseon so its true not fake info and first of all they did not keep the info on the lowborn and common class people and only kept info on noble and high class people so look up facts before sayin it

    • Consort Sukbin’s tomb is placed somewhere else. I read about this,however; I don’t remember the name, but her tomb is placed in something “seven”. From what I remember, she is placed with other consorts that also had their sons as king.

          • because she was a concubine and concubines weren’t allow to be buried with the king. Kings and queen were buried together. Also once dead they did not have much power over this XD For example when King Yeongjo died he willed to be buried with his first Queen (the one that Choi suk bin choose for him) but Jeongjo, his grandson, due to political pressure buried him in other area and later his second queen was buried with him.

      • WOw… thanks for the info… I thought she will buried next to King Sukjong taking into consideration of her merits and the rich lives with him…..

        • yeah… I thought so too… I just watched the whole lot of Dong Yi’s 60 episodes for 2 days and got so affected by the story… but this article made me think again… so Dong Yi is not entirely a true historical story after all, it’s just another make-believe? :-(

          • Stop hatin,on dong yi like that the story is true since king sukjong and dong yi met each other fell in love and king sukjong made dong yi his royal consort and then dong yi she gives birth to geum aka prince yeoning aka king yeonjo so with out dong yi there would not be a king yeonjo so u no wat I keep u tellin they did not keep info on the commonand low class people

          • Concubines weren’t allow to be buried with the king no matter how loved they were for the King, and even some kings willed his desire to be buried with his favorite Queen still didn’t get it. Like Yeongjo willed to be buried with his first Queen (the one that Choi suk bin choose for him) but Jeongjo buried him in other place due to political pressure and after his second wive was buried with him…
            But yes Dong Yi is not entirely a true historical story, I agree.. for example although the gang sword exited during that time, I do not believe her father was the leader, she was not a lady investigator, she was probably a mussoorie or slave in the palace, but yes despited to be a lowly slave she got the love of the kIng and bore him 3 or 4 kids, she is the one who give the most kids to the king, and one of them became the next king,who had a deep love for his mother, it is written in all over history. she is the only case in all Joseon history of this type,
            she influenced the king to bring back Inhyeon and her virtue is mention in annals of Joseon, noted her virtue not her beauty. I think the drama get more historically accurate from ep 29. since we don’t know much about her live before coming to palace, they filled the holes with lots of imagination, I believe to make it more interesting, which I appreciate, I prefer to watch solving cases type of show than just cat fight XD

    • did not get your comment?? destatable? She as a concubine was not allowed to be buried with the king and even if the king willed I don’t think his successor, the son of Jang hui bin, would buried him next to her .her tomb is a won=tombs for princess..I believe is a such nice place where she is, between the beautiful and peaceful mountains, I believe since she couldn’t be buried with the King he arranged a beautiful place for her. Jang hui bin was somewhere else, and her type of tomb is a Myo for very low class and commoners.

  3. I love this historical drama – Dong Yi, all casts acted so well especially both King Sukjong part & Dong Yi…. I love watching the chemistry between these two :)…. I got addicted to Korean historical after watching Jang Dae Geum which was my very 1st Korean movie…. I love watching JJ Hee and Jang Geum both acted so well and the JJ is gorgeous !!!! Love to watch more his historical drama whether they are fiction or true historical stories… I am actually a little disappointed with the ending part of Dong Yi, quite abruptly the show ended between King Sukjong & Dong Yi after the 2nd time Dong Yi stepped on King Sukjong’s back to climb over the wall (**sigh**) , should have prolonged a bit on their few years together though they are passed away respectively (something like) 2 years apart…. the young prince acted very very naturally either he was smiling or crying… soooooo cute but when I check on the website I don’t seem to see anymore of his movie, so wasted…. the little girl who played young Jang Geum also is very adorable…..

    Nevertheless both shows are fantastic!!!! great producer/directors & etc etc…. looking forward to more of these historical shows….. thumbs up!!!!

  4. poor Dong Yi!!! thought her tomb will be quite near to King Sukjong,. whether she is queen or of lower born class but from the show we seen she has quite a huge contribution not mentioning her son was made King….. too sad….

    • hi, it did show that her son became a king… He was the one crowned at the very end of the movie after his 3year mourning… last episode, episode 60…

  5. wow…really wow… because of this drama i did had interest in korean history.. more about dong yi pls!!! i want to know more bout her.

  6. Perhaps she is not buried next to him because she outlived him? i rather own his heart rather than power :)

  7. Jewel in the Palace started me on Korean historical dramas. I absolutely love them and have watched 13 in the past 9 months (with English subtitles)!!! They have started my interested in Korean history, culture, politics and religion. I accept that some of the storylines are embroidered and plain fiction, in a historical framework, but that doesn’t change my enjoyment nor appreciation. My top 3 – Yi San, Princess’ Man, Moon that Embraces the Sun. THANK YOU all the film makers, actors, subtitlers; thank you Korea

  8. Oh! How I love Dong Yi but sad to say I haven’t seen the first episode but its okay because it’s a wonderful Korean drama for me…… Dong Yi you’re my no. 1 IDOL…

  9. I have become so fascinated with King SukJong and his reign, more precisely all those involved in it. In Dong Yi (the drama), it seemed that Dong Yi won his heart but I think in reality, his heart really belonged to Queen Inhyeon. My reasoning comes from the fact that his last request was to be buried next to her and so he was. She may not have given him any children but she was his loyal and faithful Queen till the very end. The fact that he asked and was buried next to her speaks a thousand words, of how much he loved her but may never have led on.

    Anyone know where I can find her biography? The one said to have been written by one of her maids after her death? I’d really like to read it.

    • source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Inhyeon

      Queen Inhyeon
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Queen Inhyeon
      Queen Consort of Joseon
      Queen Consort of Joseon
      Tenure 1681 –1688 (7 years)
      Reign 1694–1701 (7 years)
      Spouse King Sukjong of Joseon
      Father Min Yoo-jung
      Mother Lady Soong
      Born 15 May 1667
      Yeoju County, Gyeonggi Province, Joseon
      Died 16 September 1701
      Changdeok Palace, Korea
      Burial Myeongreung, Gyeonggi Province
      Queen Inhyeon
      Hangul 인현왕후
      Hanja 仁顯王后
      Revised Romanization Inhyeon Wanghu
      McCune–Reischauer Inhyŏn Wanghu
      Queen Inhyeon (Hangul: 인현왕후, Hanja: 仁顯王后) (1667–1701) 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.

      Biography

      Born into the Yeoheung Min clan, she was the second daughter of Min Yu-jung (Hangul: 민유중, Hanja: 閔維重)[1] (1630–1687) and his second wife, Lady Song of the Eunjin Song clan.[2]
      She married King Sukjong as his second Queen Consort in 1681, at the age of 14. When so-ui[3] Jang Ok-jeong produced a son in 1688, it created a bloody dispute called Gisa literati purges (기사사화). During this time, Sukjong wanted to give this eldest son (entitled the wonja, literally the “First Son”) the title of “Crown Prince” and wanted to promote Lady Jang from So-ui to Hui-bin.[4]
      This action was opposed by the Noron faction, which supports Queen Inhyeon led by Song Si-yeol, and this was supported by the Soron faction, which supports Lady Jang. Sukjong became angry at the opposition, and many were killed including Song Si-yeol. Many, including Inhyeon and her family, were forced into exile. Queen Inhyeon was deposed, while Jang so-ui became Jang hui-bin, and then became the third Queen Consort.
      Later in 1694, Sukjong, feeling remorse at his temperamental actions, gave in to a movement for Inhyeon’s reinstatement, which was led by the Soron (this event was called the Gapsul Hwanguk (갑술환국,甲戌換局)) She was brought back to the palace and was reinstated as Queen Consort, with Lady Jang being demoted to hui-bin.
      In 1701, aged 34, she became ill and died of an unknown disease (some sources say that she was poisoned).
      It has been said that Sukjong, while mourning for Inhyeon, dreamed of her in a sobok dress drenched with blood. Sukjong asked Inhyeon of how she died, but Inhyeon didn’t say anything, but pointed in to the direction of Jang Hui-bin’s chambers. Sukjong awoke, then went into Jang’s chambers. While approaching, he heard music and sounds of laughter. Eavesdropping, he saw Jang Hui-bin with Shamanist priestesses in her chambers, praying for the Queen’s death, while striking a figurine with arrows. When this was discovered by Sukjong, Lady Jang was executed for her actions by poison.
      One of the Queen’s ladies in waiting wrote a book called Inhyeon Wanghu Jeon (Hangul: 인현왕후전, Hanja: 仁顯王后傳, Queen Inhyeon’s Story), which still exists today. She is buried in Myeongreung (명릉,明陵) in Gyeonggi Province, and Sukjong was later buried near her in the same area. She has no issue to Sukjong.

      Full posthumous name
      Hyogyeong Sukseong Jangsun Wonhwa Uiyeol Jeongmok Inhyeon Wanghu
      효경숙성장순원화의열정목인현왕후
      孝敬淑聖莊純元化懿烈貞穆仁顯王后

      Family
      Father
      Min Yu-jung (Hangul: (민유중), Hanja: 閔維重)
      Mother
      Lady Song of the Eunjin Song clan (Hangul: 은진 송씨, Hanja: 恩津 宋氏), Min Yu-jung’s second wife
      Siblings
      Min Jin-hu (Hangul: 민진후, Hanja: 閔鎭厚) (1659–1720), great-great-great-grandfather of Empress Myeongseong
      Min Jin-won (Hangul: 민진원, Hanja: 閔鎭遠) (1664–1736)
      Lady Min (Hangul: 민씨, Hanja: 閔氏), Min Yu-jung’s eldest daughter
      Lady Min (Hangul: 민씨, Hanja: 閔氏), Min Yu-jung’s third daughter…

  10. I really like this page. I’ve read a lot of information. I thought that Sukjong and Dong Yi was buried in a common grave. You can tell someone that nagyzerű to Lady Choi buried? It’s very important,
    Thank you

    • Since Kings were just allowed to be buried with their queens She was buried in Soryeongwon (昭寧園) in Paju, designated as historical site no. 358 (address: 267 Yeongjang-ri, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi Province). She was given a won type of tomb meaning for Crown prince, crown princess and high ranked concubines (bin)
      In her memorial tablet (which is in Soryeongwon her royal tomb) under the description of her character it is written ” Her disposition and her status was absolutely indivisible. She did not scruple on people. She was respectful and always waited on Queen Inhyeon and later on Queen Inwon. Her wisdom and intelligence shined on her interaction with others. She kept to her duty and protocol, She never entered in palace disputes. She spend her days in peace and harmony”.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consort_Suk_of_the_Choe_clan

  11. hey guys, dong yi is not buried near the king. she is buried in the ancestral tablets of seven royal concubines ~> birth mother of kings that wasn’t able to hold a title of being queen.
    so i think the reason lady jang hee-bin’s burial tomb is near the kings is because she became a queen before but dethroned,which atleast she became a queen? i am not quite sure if that is the reason.
    anyway i hope this helps guys.i was thinking of possibilities of dongyi not being a queen and i found that maybe because she died early?i read and searched..so ya she died early, she could have become a queen mother if she didn’t die early and the step mother would be great queen dowager which given a title to the elder(in womens court) in the palace.

    this is info of dong yi’s son (try to compare when he first sitted on the throne and his death and her mothers death)

    Yeongjo (31 October 1694 – 22 April 1776, r. 16 October 1724 – 22 April 1776) was the twenty-first king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. He was the second son of Sukjong by Royal Noble Consort Suk of the Haeju Choi clan, succeeded his older brother Gyeongjong
    Reign 16 October 1724 – 22 April 1776
    Born 31 October 1694
    Birthplace Changdeok Palace, Korea
    Died 22 April 1776 (aged 81)
    Place of death Gyeonghui Palace, Korea
    Buried Wonneung, Guri, Gyeonggi

    Family
    Father: King Sukjong (숙종)
    Mother: Royal Noble Consort Suk of the Haeju Choi clan (숙빈 최씨)
    Consorts:
    Queen Jeongseong of the Dalsung Seo clan (정성왕후 서씨, 7 December 1692 – 15 February 1757)[2][3]
    Queen Jeongsun of the Gyeongju Kim clan (정순왕후 김씨, 10 November 1745 – 12 January 1805)[4]
    Royal Noble Consort Jeong of the Lee clan (정빈 이씨)
    Royal Noble Consort Yeong of the Lee clan (영빈 이씨, 1696 – 23 August 1764)[5][6]
    Jo Gwi-in (귀인 조씨)
    Moon Suk-ui (숙의 문씨)[7]
    Issue:
    Crown Prince Hyojang (효장세자, 1719–1728), Only Son of Royal Noble Consort Jeong of the Lee clan.[8]
    Crown Prince Sado (사도세자, 1735–1762), Only Son of Royal Noble Consort Yeong of the Lee clan.[9]
    A Daughter of Royal Noble Consort Jeong of the Lee clan.[10]
    Princess Hwasoon (화순옹주) — 2nd Daughter of Royal Noble Consort Jeong of the Lee clan.
    Princess Hwapyeong (화평옹주, 1727–1748) — 1st Daughter of Royal Noble Consort Yeong of the Lee clan.
    Princess Hwahyeop (화협옹주, 1733–1752) – 2nd Daughter of Royal Noble Consort Yeong of the Lee clan.
    Princess Hwawan (화완옹주, 1737–1808) — 3rd Daughter of Royal Noble Consort Yeong of the Lee clan.
    Princess Hwayoo (화유옹주, 1741–1771) — Only Daughter of Jo Gwi-in.
    Princess Hwaryeong (화령옹주, 1752–1821) — 1st Daughter of Moon Suk-ui.
    Princess Hwagil (화길옹주, 1754–1772) — 2nd Daughter of Moon Suk-ui.

    Royal Noble Consort Suk of the Choe clan (Hangul: 숙빈최씨, Hanja: 淑嬪崔氏) (17 December 1670 – 9 April 1718) was a concubine of King Sukjong of Joseon.
    Royal Noble Consort
    Spouse King Sukjong of Joseon
    Issue
    King Yeongjo of Joseon
    Born 6 November 1670
    Died 9 March 1718
    Ihyeon Palace, South Korea

    In 1693, in the fourth lunar month of the nineteenth year of King Sukjong’s reign, she became Sukjong’s concubine with the rank of suk-won. In 1694, during the twentieth year of Sukjong’s reign, she was elevated to the rank of suk-ui (Royal Noble Consort of the 2nd grade) after giving birth to a son, Prince Yeoning-geum (later King Yeongjo of Joseon).
    In 1695, she was again elevated to the rank of gwi-in. In 1699, she was again promoted to the rank of “bin” (Royal Noble Consort), with the adjective “suk” (“pure”). In 1718 Royal Noble Consort Sukbin of Choe died, aged 49, at her private residence. She was buried in Soryeongwon (昭寧園) in Paju, a designate historical site (No. 358. Address 267 Yeongjang-ri, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do).
    A display of his deep filial piety, King Yeongjo set up a Jesil to lament over her death near her grave. He also had erected gravestones the contents of which were written by him in her memory, in addition he had built tablet houses on the 4 spots around her grave. Royal Noble Consort Sukbin of Choe memorial tablet was enshrined in the Sukbinmyo later Yuksangmyo (Shrine) later Chilgung (Historical site 149) the place where ancestral tablets of seven royal concubines are enshrined. All of them were birth mothers of Kings that never achieved the status of a Queen.
    She was given the posthumous title “Lady Hwagyeong, Royal Noble Consort Suk of the Choe clan” (화경숙빈최씨 和瓊淑嬪崔氏).

    and i found this too..its in the history that both sons of sukjong was adopted by the queen inwon

    Queen Inwon
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Queen Inwon (1687–1757) was a Korean queen consort, married to King Sukjong of Joseon.
    Born in 1687, on the twenty-ninth day of the ninth month in the thirteenth year of the reign of King Sukjong, the future Queen Inwon was the second daughter of Kim Joo-shin (Hangul: 김주신, Hanja: 金柱臣)[1] and Lady Jo of the Imcheon Jo clan (Hangul: 임천 조씨, Hanja: 林川 趙氏),.[2] She was a twenty-seventh-generation descendant of King Gyeongsun of Silla. She had two brothers, Kim Huyeon (Hangul: 김후연, Hanja: 金後衍) and Kim Guyeon (Hangul: 김구연, Hanja: 金九衍), one older sister who married Mayor Lee Deoklin (Hangul: 시장이덕린, Hanja: 郡守李德隣), and one younger sister who married Yun Myeon-gyo (Hangul: 윤면교, Hanja: 尹勉教). She married King Sukjong in 1702 as his third Queen Consort,[3] following the death of Queen Inhyeon and the execution of Jang hui-bin in 1701. She came down with smallpox in 1711, but survived. Following King Sukjong’s death in 1720, she became Queen Dowager (大妃 대비 daebi). Following the death of her stepson, King Gyeongjong, and the accession of her other (and favorite) stepson, King Yeongjo, in 1724, she became Grand Queen Dowager (大王大妃 대왕대비 daewangdaebi). She died on the twenty-sixth day of the third month in the thirty-third year of the reign of King Yeongjo (1757) at Changdeok Palace, aged 70. She was buried in Gyeonggi Province, near the tombs of King Sukjong and his second Queen Consort, Queen Inhyeon.
    She was given the posthumous title “Queen Inwon, Hyesun Jagyeong Heonryeol Gwangseon Hyeonik Kangseong Jeongdeok Suchang Yeongbok Yunghwa Hwijeong Jeongwoon Jeongui Jangmok Inwon Wanghu”

    and i found this as well, about the older brother of king yeongjo, which is the son of lady jang hee-bin

    Gyeongjong (20 November 1688 – 11 October 1724, reigned 1720–1724) was the 20th king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. He was the son of Sukjong by Jang Hui-bin.
    In 1690, Gyeongjong’s designation as heir to the throne precipitated a struggle between the Noron and the Soron faction, which supported Gyeongjong of Joseon. Due to this struggle, Soron scholars were kept out of power and factional strife reached a high point during Gyeongjong’s reign.
    After his death, Gyeongjong was buried in the Uireung tomb in Seokgwan-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. The chronicles of Gyeongjong’s rule were published under the reign of Yeongjo’s reign in 1732. A few of his youthful calligraphic works have also survived:

    Family
    Father: King Sukjong (숙종)
    Mother: Royal Noble Consort Hui of the Jang clan (희빈 장씨)
    Consorts:[1]
    Queen Danui of the Shim clan (단의왕후 심씨, 1686–1718)[2]
    Queen Seonui of the Eo clan (선의왕후 어씨, 1705–1730)[3]
    No issue

    btw sorry because my infos are too much long and so as my words..i apologize :(
    just hoping atleast i could share my thoughts and the infos i found
    sources(where i found and read these)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consort_Suk_of_the_Choe_clan
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeongjo_of_Joseon
    http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Yeongjo_of_Joseon
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongjong_of_Joseon
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Inwon
    http://samedi.livejournal.com/359996.html
    http://jikimi.cha.go.kr/english/royal_palaces_new/Gwangneung.jsp?mc=EN_05_02_01

    • No she wasn’t buried there but somewhere else. The tablets of seven royal concubines was a place made in tribute to the concubines ex Jang hui bin , choi suk bin etc.
      Jang Hui Bin wasn’t buried near him not because she was once a queen remember she was stripped of her title ( ironically her tablet at The tablets of seven royal concubines says Grand Concubine. )
      They had recently moved Hui Bin’s and SukJong’s tomb to this area. This is why I think there are rumors about him being buried next to Hui Bin.

  12. iF you read about the history of the world , will recognize many prominent femme fatal . One of them is in the Joseon era ( Korea around the 1600s ) , the Korean people will know the name of Jang Ok Jung. A palace servant who became mistress of the reign of Sukjong , ultimately becoming queen .

    Jang Hee Bin stories about it befits such folk tales told down down and become part of pop culture. Since 1961 till now , the journey of life of Jang Ok Jung to become Queen Bu Ok been adapted in various movie and drama . In the story believed by the majority of Korean society and the various adaptations, Jang Hee Bin is described as a woman who thirst for power. Jang Hee Bin also mentioned several times in the Annals of Joseon as the most beautiful woman in its time.

    In its latest adaptation drama , Jang Ok Jung Live in Love, which screened on SBS since last April told that Jang Ok Jung initiate her career as a fashion designer ( I do not know the term in the Joseon era ) . After some time, then Jang Ok Jung entered the palace of Prince Dongpyeong recommendations to be adopted grandmother server Jong Suk ( second queen of King Injo ) . This is consistent with the writing of history. And in 1686 King Suk Jong view and make selirnya with a degree Suk Won.

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    In the written history we never know Jang Ok Jung’s background prior to entering the palace , whether he is a low caste as is written in a novel or a person who is a part of the one fraction of the time. We only know him from history as a server to get the attention of the king of the castle . It allows each person has their own assumptions about who Jang Ok Jung before entering the palace .

    In the history is written, King Sukjong enamored by the beauty of Jang Ok Jung. For people living in the modern era , to understand a man who falls in love with a woman at first glance it is difficult, because in the kamusku I never knew love in first sight . But if we see Sukjong is a king who can do anything , so Sukjong Jang Ok Jung entitled . In the setting of the Joseon kingdom , a king shall be entitled to all women who are in the castle except for women who still have a civil relationship . What if it turns out to Sukjong Jang Ok Jung know in advance ?

    Previously let’s look at the track record of weddings King Sukjong . When still a Crown Prince, Sukjong married and blessed Lady Ingyoeng 2 daughters who both died when they were small . Sukjong and Lady Ingyoeng married for approximately 9 years. In just 9 years Sukjong not mentioned a concubine .
    After Lady Ingyoeng died , remarried Sukjong by Lady Inhyoen about 7 years without the karuniai children. Some sources mention that Lady Inhyoen infertile .
    See Sukjong and Ingyoeng marriage that lasted for 9 years without a mistress and daughter karuniai 2 , we can see that actually Sukjong is a loyal man like his father, who only has one man without concubine wife . As we know that in addition to the duties of a king to lead his country, it should also have a lot to keep the continuity of the state line . If only Lady Ingyoeng not have died at that age are still so young , I’m sure Lady Ingyoeng give more offspring to Sukjong .

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    King without a pedigree is a taboo subject at the time. Therefore, married Sukjong by Lady Inhyoen back . That thou king Sukjong including patient enough to wait offspring born of his queen , proved even 7 years married and not get descent , Sukjong has decided to have a concubine . Given 16 years of marriage with two wives without descent let alone a son , would be upsetting for private Sukjong and the keluaga palace .

    As one member of the royal family that cares about the survival of the government line , I think Prince Dongpyoeung favor to recommend a concubine . Given the track record of the marriage Sukjong with first wife without a mistress , and a second wife for 7 years without a mistress . Somewhat awkward Sukjong accept the presence of a mistress just to see it. The reasons for accepting Sukjong and Jang Ok Jung even lift as selirnya certainly never described in detail in recorded history. This has led to much speculation. Have Sukjong and Jang Ok Jung previous meet and fall in love before Sukjong married Inhyun ? What is Jang Ok Jung Sukjong use to get the seed ? What Sukjong get instigation of her step grandmother and Prince Dongpyoeung ?

    Given Jang Ok Jung is a server with a low caste , this is not the case accepted by all members of the royal family and government ministers . Moreover, even a degree Suk Won Bin. It is convenient when Jang Ok Jung to get support from a faction . According to history , Jang Ok Jung to get support from Noron fraction . In logic , a fraction of a server supports palace quite sound absurd . A faction would much rather support a woman from among the upper or aristocratic background got better. In some adaptations Jang Ok Jung mentioned faction supported by Noron after getting the attention or promotion of Sukjong as a concubine . But in my eyes , a privately Sukjonglah Jang Ok Jung wanted to get support from Noron with different terms and conditions . Profit Sukjong is getting mistress he wants to support one faction . It is also beneficial to the fraction Noron . Let’s re- correlation .

    - A fraction of which are from the top, aristrokat and nobility will not so easily give support on a server that chestnut was lower than their
    - The royal family will not easily accept the king’s mistress comes from a low caste let alone having a baby king
    - Not all servers in the palace bedroom with king earned his mistress . Most only get one night with the king and his guests.
    - By placing Jang Ok Jung in support of a faction , Sukjong can promote it as a concubine and agreed queens
    - Fraction of Jang Ok Jung that supports on-demand Sukjong will get the position in court . This is a win win solution for Sukjong and Noron

    The question is , whether the desire is so big on Jang Ok Jung Sukjong as adjoining his mistress ? What Sukjong really fell in love with Jang Ok Jung ?

    In my personal speculation , Sukjong and Jang Ok Jung met and fell in love at the time of the loss the Lady Ingyoeng Sukjong . Of course it will not be so easy to Sukjong that a king marry a palace servant . Especially for mothers and homemakers still arranging the problem is in the palace . Sukjong that a king should follow the existing rule , married again among the me-downs specified by the rule is by Lady Inhyoen . 7 years married , Lady Inhyoen not even get a line , this causes despair Sukjong and Jang Ok Jung finally show her lover to become a concubine . The second possibility , Sukjong never touches Inhyoen as his wife . If this will be recorded in the history of embarrassing things for the royal family . Then written that Inhyoen infertile or sterile .

    Why Inhyoen approve the appointment of Jang Ok Jung as her husband’s mistress ? This can not be avoided by the wife of a king. Maybe because he loves Inhyoen do not want Sukjong Sukjong and who had so long wanted a child to wait even longer. And as a note Jang Ok Jung was appointed as mistress after the dowager died. This proves that Sukjong can not break the rules of a mistress who comes from a low caste dowager still there.

    Shortly after Jang Suk Won gave birth to a son who has long desired by Sukjong . And Jang Ok Jung was promoted to a higher position with a degree Hee Bin. Sukjong really want first son was named as crown prince . This event is strongly opposed by many ministers and who supported the survival of the palace. Of course this is opposed, how a son of a concubine who comes from a low caste could earn the title of crown prince . Meanwhile on the other side Sukjong still have young queens . Rumor that Lady Inhyoen barren increasingly irrelevant following me . In the relatively young age of course Inhyoen still have chances to get pregnant . There are some couples who marry more than 10-15 new year blessed with offspring .

    Why here Sukjong impressed rush pointing Prince Lee Yoon as crown prince ? What Sukjong get suggestions from Jang Hee Bin that his son earned his crown prince ? Or instigation of fractions Noron to increasingly strengthen their position in court ? In this case perhaps one political move Sukjong . If given the origins of Jang Hee Bin from the lower castes , Jang Hee Bin guess I will not have the courage to have a lofty dream . For Lady Inhyoen still have the position as queen .

    Results show Sukjong Prince Lee Yoon as puta crown raises many contradictions , perhaps even for Jang Hee Bin. Status crown prince is where a child should be raised by a queen. This requires Prince Lee Yoon should be separated from the mother. Most likely the prince Lee Yoon will not know his biological mother . This will be painful for Jang Hee Bin.

    Let’s look at some possibilities:
    1 . Lady Inhyoen refuse to accept Prince Lee Yoon in his upbringing as Crown Prince . Of course Inhyoen want to be the biological son of the Crown Prince . Why should the son of a concubine ? Faction that supports Lady Inhyoen already rejected this. This caused anger Sukjong .
    2 . If Inhyoen want to be the biological son of the Crown Prince , Sukjong why not try to get seed from Inhyoen ? It is increasingly strengthened if Sukjong never touches Inhyoen . Probably yes , but never wholeheartedly. Who would know? Instead Inhyoen even overthrow of the queen ‘s position as against the desire of the king .

    To obtain the status of crown prince for his first son , Prince Lee Yoon have in nurturing a queen. While Inhyoen push and finally overthrown . Sukjong inevitably have to have a new queen to fill the void .

    Jang Hee Bin ultimately crowned with the title of Queen of Queen Bu Ok . The title given to the queen mother of Prince Lee Yoon is perfect conditions to give the title crown prince in Prince Lee Yoon . This turn of events resulted in massive court . In our point of view are alive at the time 400 years later , this may be only a first step done Sukjong political or personal reasons have flipped all the steps that Sukjong do.

    6 years Jang Ok Jung engage Joseon King Sukjong became queen . One of the highlights occurred during the reign of Sukjong , Sukjong which allows among middle and bottom to get a higher position in the government . Try us think, why Sukjong do that ? Was it because of his desire to improve strata in Joseon society and provide welfare people ? Or give the exact reason that Jang Ok Jung is also from among the already get the same treatment . As we know, in the Joseon strata of the society to be a very important thing . Let Pertanyakan again , what Sukjong will do the same if it did not meet with Jang Ok Jung and have her as his queen ?

    Jang Ok Jung referred for a queen , many conspiracy that occurred in an attempt memgembalikan Lady Inhyoen as queen . But at that moment Lady Inhyoen position and status are an ordinary citizen . I’m sure at the time Sukjong return Inhyoen Lady as queen , very cornered position because the court is stirring .

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    In 1694 the Lady Inhyoen back into a queen and in the same year of Sukjong takes a concubine from a musuri named Choi Suk won the title . And we know also that Choi comes from the same faction with Lady Inhyoen . It could be that Choi is one of political pawn used fractions Lady Inhyoen in a conspiracy that they do. As we all know that a political conspiracy was successfully brought back Lady Inhyoen be queen .

    We also know that a normal queen revealed will change their status to ordinary people as with the Lady Inhyoen . But not with Jang Ok Jung. He lowered his status as an ordinary citizen but returned to the position of the son of a concubine . Sukjong Why do this ?

    In my personal opinion , Jang Ok Jung did not commit acts that make Sukjong wrath . that the distinction between Lady Jang Ok Jung Inhyoen and when lowered position queen dr .

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    In 1701 Lady Inhyoen died of unknown causes , rumors are circulating that Jang Ok Jung is that has caused the death using magic for jealousy. Jealousy is one of the evils that can not be done between the queen and concubines , royal concubine . In some sources mention Sukjong ones who see Jang Ok Jung enchant Lady Inhyoen . But other sources mention that spread rumors concubine Choi said . Very informed if the rumor is being spread by the faction supporting Lady Inhyoen . Why this is done even after 7 years Inhyoen queen sitting in the back position ? The reason is very clear fraction pedukung queen will not be peaceful when Yoon crown prince will inherit the throne of Sukjong . They prefer that children who inherit the throne Choi is Sukjong . If the prince who became heir to the throne Yoengjo their position in court is secure .

    It would be very difficult when the fraction of support directly attacks the queen crown prince to his title revoked . It would be easy to attack mother prince Yoon . So there is no reason to take the title crown prince Yoon .

    If Jang Ok Jung enchant Quen Inhyoen because jealousy. , Jang Ok Jung could do since it was revealed dr queen status . Why should wait for 7 years ?

    In the end Jang Ok Jung who at the time called Jang Hee Bin was sentenced to death by drinking poison. I’m sure that will not happen now that Jang Hee Bin events only enchant Lady Inhyoen . Jang Hee Bin who was on the losing side must pay the penalty . According to some sources mentioned that there were efforts to save Jang Hee Bin, but also because it is the Crown ‘s biological mother .

    After berpulangnya Lady Jang Hee Bin Inhyoen and in the same year , the main candidate for the position of queen fell on Suk Bin. I think Suk Bin as a concubine with the highest levels and the position at that time certainly dreamed of becoming mother homemaker , as is possible with the crimes committed by Jang Ok Jung yoon status as crown prince prince will be removed and given to his son . Moreover Suk Bin get support from fractions Inhyoen lady . But prediksinya one , Sukjong not remove the title crown prince Yoon . Usually if the mother is an evil prince , his son was going to hit imbasnya . Even Prince Yoon obtain permission from Sukjong to accept the throne of the king of Joseon . Is not hate Prince Yoon Sukjong that mother has to do evil ? According to rumors and some sources Sukjong personally not too love child Jang Ok Jung but was unable to remove his title because he was too smart . Not even like children Suk Bin. Sukjong personally beloved child is the son of a concubine Park Myoeng Bin

    Back on Suk Bin, dream or dreams may be the fraction of supporters to become the queen died when Sukjong issued a decree that a concubine is not allowed to occupy the position of queen . Sukjong hope with this edict that there will be no more incidents like that happen to Jang Ok Jung. What reason Sukjong remove this edict ?

    Protect – selirnya mistress ? Jang Ok Jung or strengthen the Joseon royal concubine of the first and last time to reach the title queen ? And do not want others to achieve the same degree in which a man among the lower classes to achieve the highest class strata of society. This decree will be the most special thing to Jang Ok Jung.

    One thing we need to know that Suk Bin taken away from the palace after Jang Ok Jung died . Sukjong reportedly not even want Suk Bin back to the castle and there is no permission to meet with his own son . Suk Bin ultimately died in 1718 at the private residence . so sad that the mother into the 21st king of Joseon died outside the palace and could not enjoy the times his son became the ruler of the Joseon longest.

    Why Suk Bin taken away from the palace ? What is he doing wrong that makes Sukjong angry and expelled him from the palace . As we know that the mistress is not allowed to leave the palace for the king was still alive.

    Followeth before execution Jang Ok Jung, Sukjong ‘s concubine both fight and get caught up in the political turmoil in order to survive in the palace . Once in the castle we could get out alive but in isolation or die in the palace. In this event , Suk Bin is emerging as the last . I do not want to call a winner , even if he managed to make his son as king in the future . But unfortunately Suk Bin could not enjoy his success .

    If it can be concluded from three women king Sukjong bout this , that they each win

  13. Jang ok jung living in love is a fictionnalised drama about the life of jang hee in based on the book of the same name. so what’s happened in the drama was not true !

    first Jang ok jung was not a low born ! she became a lady in waiting to sukjong’s grandmother and that’s how they met and fell in love !

    Secondly Sukbin is the only “joseon cinderella ” known ! she was from the lowest class thus she should never had a rank above special court lady ( court lady having shared relationship with the king ) but she became a BIN which made her part of the royal family which is incredible knowing the system class back then

    Thirdly she died outside the palace because except for kings, queens , princes and princesses, those who were sick were sent out of the palace to avoid any sickness to spread

    In the end she was buried along others concubines who bore kings but were not queen themselves !

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