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Monday, February 20, 2012

Royal Noble Consorts and Concubine's rank

This is the side effect of watching historical drama. I love to know more about culture and the beliefs of Korean people during Joseon Dynasty... So, I made some research and found out the ranks of King's women.



rank
romanization
hangul
hanja
Rank 1A 1
Bin
Rank 1B 1
Gui-in
귀인
貴人
Rank 2A 2
So-ui
소의
昭儀
Rank 2B 2
Sook-ui
숙의
淑儀
Rank 3A 3
So-yeong
소용
昭容
Rank 3B 3
Sook-yeong
숙용
淑容
Rank 4A 4
So-won
소원
昭媛
Rank 4B 4
Sook-won
숙원
淑媛



For the rank of Bin, the King or Queen consort would attach a prefix in association with the character /personality of the Royal Consort, such as Hee Bin (Hee = Radiant), Sook Bin (Sook = Clarity/Purity), Ui Bin (Ui = Appropriate/Fitting), and so forth. However, they are all of the same rank "Bin" so they are all of equal rank.

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