At a time when all the world’s eyes and ears are on peace talks with North Korea, it is interesting to note the Korean Queen Min’s assassination back in 1895 is still of interest and trending online. “Part of the reason why there is so much interest in Empress Myeongseong is this popular ‘Queen Min’ was killed by stabbing with a knife. The a new conspiracy theory today in 2018, good Queen Min was murdered by “a band of ruffians” said to be both Koreans and Japanese; while famed historian Clarence Norwood states in his book, “Hulbert’s History of Korea,” that the Queen’s assassin was believed to be linked “by the Japanese minister to Korea.”
Queen Min was a political power player
The detailed history of King Lojong and his wife, Lady Min or Queen Min, is very interesting in wake of current peace talks between North and South Korea and nearby Japan. While Japanese history states that there’s always been “cultural tensions between Korea and Japan,” the Japanese government has refused to confirm if, in fact, one of his government officials played a role in the infamous 1895 killing of Korea’s beloved queen. In fact, it is well-known in Korea’s national history that Queen Min was heart-broken after her own child, Wnja, passed away just after giving birth back in 1871. In response, the queen became “more political,” states Korean history texts “because Queen Min wanted to help King Kojong with his rule when it involved issues impacting Korean women and family members.”
Politically savvy Queen Min remembered
There are many fans of Queen Min in both North and South Korea today. For example, there are very exciting stories from that period in Korean national history that speaks of “corruption” and how a political upheaval, in the “Kapsin Year 1884” that resulted in the Royal Mins being removed from power until good Queen Min helped expose corruption in Seoul that the queen linked to Ch’ing China’s negative influence. This newly promoted history of Korea from the 19th century speculates that it may have been someone from China and not Japan who actually committed the stabbing of the queen. Still, the jury is out on who killed Queen Min because the government officials in China and Japan both are keeping mum, or quiet, about who may have assassinated this rising “Queen of the Korean People.”
Overall, there will continue to be theories about who killed Queen Min because “we live in a heated political time when leaders in China and Japan do not want to admit to anything that will upset their Korean allies who trade goods with them,” explained Korean historians in various college history texts of Asia in the 19th century. The consensus is Queen Min’s killer “may have been known to the queen and even the king,” while it is truly difficult today, some 123 years after Queen Min’s killing to known exactly who did the deed in a country where such violence is not soon forgotten.