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Famous Politicians from South Korea

Updated October 13, 2018 16.6k views46 items

List of famous politicians from South Korea, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular South Korean politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known South Korean politicians of all time, so if you're a native of South Korea and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from South Korea, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list contains politicians like Lee Jong-wook and Kang Young-hoon.

You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of South Korea in order to get more information about each one.
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  • 1

    BirthplaceEumseong County, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Ban Ki-moon (; Korean: 반기문; Hanja: 潘基文; Korean pronunciation: [pan.ɡi.mun]; born 13 June 1944) is a South Korean politician and diplomat who served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United...  more
  • 2

    Chang Myon

    Dec. at 67 (1899-1966)

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Chang Myon (hangul: 장면; hanja: 張勉; August 28, 1899 – June 4, 1966) was a South Korean statesman, educator, diplomat, journalist and social activist as well as a Roman Catholic youth activist. He was...  more
  • 3

    Cho Jun-hyuk

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceGwangju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Cho Jun-hyuk is a South Korean politician and an advocate of the South Korean New Right political movement. He is currently the head of the conservative teachers' union, Union of Education Movement...  more
  • 4

    Choi Kyu-hah

    Dec. at 87 (1919-2006)

    BirthplaceWonju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Choi Kyu-hah (Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰø.ɡju.ɦa] or [tɕʰø] [kju.ɦa]; July 16, 1919 – October 22, 2006), also spelled Choi Kyu-ha or Choi Gyu-ha, was President of South Korea between 1979 and 1980....  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceHapcheon County, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Chun Doo-hwan (Korean pronunciation: [tɕʌn.du.ɦwan] or [tɕʌn] [tu.ɦwan]; born 18 January 1931) is a South Korean politician and former South Korean army general who served as the President of South...  more
  • 6

    Chung Doo-un

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceJongno

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Chung Doo-un is a South Korean politician. when 2000 to 2003 was Vicemayor of Seoul He along with Chu ho-young and Park Hyung-jun are close associates of President Lee Myung-bak but he has later...  more
  • 7

    Chung Il-kwon

    Dec. at 77 (1917-1994)

    BirthplaceNorth Hamgyong Province, North Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Chung Il-kwon (Korean: 정일권; Hanja: 丁一權, November 21, 1917 – January 17, 1994) was a South Korean politician, diplomat, and soldier. A general in the Republic of Korea Army, he served as Foreign...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceGongju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Chung Un-chan (born March 21, 1947 in Gongju, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea) was the Prime Minister of South Korea (2009–2010). He was a professor of Seoul National University from 1978 to...  more
  • 9

    Goh Kun

    Age: 81

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Goh Kun (Hangul: 고건, Hanja: 高建, born January 2, 1938) is a South Korean politician, the former Prime Minister of South Korea and former President of South Korea....  more
  • 10

    Ham Tae-young

    Dec. at 92 (1872-1964)

    BirthplaceGimje, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Ham Tae-young, sometimes Hahm Tae Young, (October 22, 1873 – October 24, 1964) was a South Korean politician, pastor and leader of the Presbyterian Church of Korea. He was Vice President of South...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceJeonju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Han Duck-soo (한덕수; born 18 June 1949) was the 34th Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from 2007 until February 2008, and the ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He...  more
  • 12

    BirthplacePyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Han Myeong-sook (born March 24, 1944; Korean: 한명숙 [han mjʌŋsʰuk]) was the Prime Minister of South Korea from April 2006 to March 2007. She is South Korea's first female prime minister (second female...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceChuncheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Han Seung-soo (born 28 December 1936) is a South Korean politician and diplomat. He was Prime Minister of South Korea from 29 February 2008 to 28 September 2009, and was the President of the 56th...  more
  • 14

    Heo Jeong

    Dec. at 92 (1896-1988)

    BirthplaceBusan, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Heo Jeong (Korean: 허정; Hanja: 許政; April 8, 1896 – September 18, 1988) was a South Korean politician and Korean independence activist, who served as the sixth prime minister of South Korea during the...  more
  • 15

    Jeon Yeo-ok

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Jeon Yeo-ok is a conservative female South Korean politician who came from a journalist background. Of a pro-Lee Myung-bak background, she is known for expressing unsatisfying discontent against Park...  more
  • 16

    Jung Hong-won

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceHadong County, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Jung Hong-Won is a South Korean politician. He is the current Prime Minister of South Korea....  more
  • 17

    Kang Young-hoon

    Age: 97

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kang Young-Hoon (Korean: 강영훈, 30 May 1922 – 10 May 2016) was a South Korean politician who served as the second prime minister of the sixth South Korean republic, from 16 December 1988 until 27...  more
  • 18

    Kim Dae-jung

    Dec. at 84 (1925-2009)

    BirthplaceHauido, Sinan County, South Jeolla

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Dae-jung, or Kim Dae Jung (Korean pronunciation: [kim.dɛ.dʑuŋ]; 6 January 1924 – 18 August 2009), was a South Korean politician who served as President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003. He was a...  more
  • 19

    Kim Hwang-sik

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceJangseong County, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Hwang-sik (Korean: 김황식; Hanja: 金滉植; born 9 August 1948) is a South Korean lawyer and politician who was the country's Prime Minister from October 2010 to February 2013. He was the former...  more
  • 20

    Kim Jong-pil

    Age: 93

    BirthplaceBuyeo County

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Jong-pil (Korean pronunciation: [kimdʑoŋpʰil]; January 7, 1926 – June 23, 2018) was a South Korean politician and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (the KCIA, now the National...  more
  • 21

    Kim Gu

    Dec. at 73 (1876-1949)

    BirthplaceHwanghae

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Gu (Korean: 김구, Korean pronunciation: [kimɡu]; Lunisolar calendar July 11 , 1876 – June 26, 1949), also known by his pen name Baekbeom (백범; Korean pronunciation: [pɛkbʌm]), was a Korean...  more
  • 22

    Kim Moon-soo

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceYeongcheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Moon-soo may refer to: Kim Moon-soo (politician) (born 1951), Korean politician and the 32nd Governor of Gyeonggi Province, Korea Kim Moon-soo (badminton) (born 1963), former badminton player...  more
  • 23

    Kim Sung-hwan

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Sung-hwan is the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His previous positions include Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Senior Secretary to the President for...  more
  • 24

    Kim Yoon-ok

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceJinju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Yoon-ok (Korean: 김윤옥; Hanja: 金潤玉; born March 26, 1947) is a South Korean academic administrator who was the First Lady of the Republic of Korea....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceGeojedo, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Young-sam (Korean: 김영삼; Hanja: 金泳三; Korean pronunciation: [ki.mjʌŋ.sam] or [kim] [jʌŋ.sam]; 20 December 1927 – 22 November 2015) was a South Korean politician and democratic activist, who served...  more