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Sejong the Great

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Sejong of Joseon (15 May 1397 – 8 April 1450), personal name Yi Do (), widely known as Sejong the Great (), was the fourth ruler of the Joseon dynasty of Korea, and a neographer. Initially titled Grand Prince Chungnyeong (), he was born as the third son of King Taejong and Queen Wongyeong. In 1418, he was designated as heir in place of his eldest brother, Crown Prince Yi Je. Today, King Sejong is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in Korean history. Despite ascending to the throne after his father's voluntary abdication in 1418, Sejong was a mere figurehead; Taejong continued to hold the real power and govern the country up until his death in 1422. Sejong was the sole monarch for the next 28 years, although after 1439 he became increasingly ill, and starting from 1442, his eldest son, Crown Prince Yi Hyang (the future King Munjong), acted as regent. Sejong reinforced Korean Confucian and Neo-Confucian policies, and enacted major legal amendments (공법, 貢法). He personally created a
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