Heungseon Daewongun

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Heungseon Daewongun

Heungseon Daewongun or Daewon King of Heungseon (Hangul: 흥선대원군, Hanja: 興宣大院君, 21 December 1820 - 22 February 1898) was a Korean politician and regent of the Joseon dynasty. He was regent for King Gojong between 1863 and 1874. He was an early Korean persecutor of Christians.