Empress Myeongseong more known as Queen Min was an important figure in Korea’s Joseon Dynasty. She was the wife of Gojong, the first ruler of the Korean Empire, and the last queen of Korea. Her death caused a huge issue in Korea and rebelled against Japan occupation.
Queen Min was highly involved in Korea’s government but she was assassinated in October 8, 1895. She got married when she was 16 years old and Gojong was only 15 years old. She was very clever & open-minded. She read widely about history, science, politics, philosophy, and religion.
In 1895, Japanese ambassador to Korea Miura Goro formulated a plan to assassinate Queen Min. Because the Japanese government had viewed her as an obstacle to their designs on Korea.
Early on the morning of October 8, 1895, a group of 50 Japanese and Korean assassins launched their assault on Gyeongbokgung Palace. They attacked Queen Min’s sleeping quarters, dragging her out along with three or four of her attendants. The last Queen died at 43 years.
In the aftermath of Queen Min’s murder, Japan denied that they were behind the assassination. This assassination was called Eulmi Incident (을미사변) and constitutes one of the most tragic events in Korean history. It ignited the nation’s outrage against Japan. Unfornutenatly, the suspects were found not guilty due to insufficient evidence.
Also in 2005 Two descendants of the assassins of Queen Min apologized 10 years after her brutal slaying.
Her life was later dramatized both in a kdrama and a movie (Empress Myeonseong & The Sword With No Name). Watch the reenactment of the Eulmi Incident below: