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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.

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Ban Ki-moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 74 Ban Ki-moon is the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations after succeeding Kofi Annan in 2007. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's ...more

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Chang Myon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 67 (1899-1966) Chang Myon was a South Korean politician, educator, diplomat, journalist and social activist as well as a Roman Catholic youth activist. He was the fourth and last Vice President of the First ...more

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Cho Jun-hyuk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Cho Jun-hyuk age 58 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 ...more

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Choi Kyu-hah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 87 (1919-2006) Choi Kyu-hah, also spelled Choi Kyu-ha, was the fourth President of South Korea between 1979 and 1980.

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Chun Doo-hwan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 87 Chun Doo-hwan is a ROK Army general who served as the leader of South Korea from 1979 to 1988, ruling as an unelected leader from December 1979 to September 1980, and the fifth President of ...more

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Chung Doo-un is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Chung Doo-un age 61 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

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Chung Il-kwon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Chung Il-kwon Died at 77 (1917-1994) Chung Il-kwon was a South Korean politician, diplomat and soldier. A general in the Republic of Korea Army, he served as Foreign Minister of Korea 1963 to 1964, and Prime Minister of South Korea ...more

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Chung Un-chan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 70 Chung Un-chan was the Prime Minister of South Korea. He was a professor of Seoul National University from 1978 to 2009, serving as the president of the university from July 2002 to July 2006 ...more

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Goh Kun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Goh Kun age 80 Goh Kun is a South Korean politician. He served as Prime Minister of South Korea from 1997 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2004. In his more recent term, he assumed the role of interim President ...more

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Ham Tae-young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 92 (1872-1964) Ham Tae-young was a South Korean politician, pastor and leader of the Presbyterian Church of Korea. He succeeded Kim Seong-su as the third Vice President of South Korea, a post that he held from ...more

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Han Duck-soo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 69 Han Duck-soo was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea from 2007 until February 2008. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association. Han holds a Ph.D. in ...more

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Han Myeong-sook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 74 Han Myeong-sook was the Prime Minister of South Korea from April 2006 to March 2007. She is South Korea's first female prime minister. She was from the United New Democratic Party as a member of ...more

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Han Seung-soo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 82 Dr. Han Seung-soo KBE 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 session of the ...more

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Heo Jeong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Heo Jeong Died at 92 (1896-1988) Heo Jeong was a South Korean politician and Korean independence activist, who served as the sixth prime minister of South Korea during the country's Second Republic. In 1960 he was an acting ...more

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Jeon Yeo-ok is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Jeon Yeo-ok age 59 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 ...more

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Jung Hong-won is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Jung Hong-won age 74 Jung Hong-Won is a South Korean politician. He is the current Prime Minister of South Korea.

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Kang Young-hoon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Kang Young-hoon age 96 Kang Young-Hoon was the Prime Minister of South Korea from 5 December 1988 until 27 December 1990, and acting Prime Minister until 16 December 1988. Kang holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a ...more

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Kim Dae-jung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 84 (1925-2009) Kim Dae-jung was the 8th President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003, and the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He came to be called the "Nelson Mandela of Asia" for his long-standing ...more

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Kim Hwang-sik is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Kim Hwang-sik age 70 Kim Hwang-sik is a South Korean lawyer and politician who became the country's Prime Minister on 1 October 2010. He is the former Chairperson of the Board of Audit and Inspection.

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Kim Jong-pil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Kim Jong-pil age 92 Kim Jong-pil is a South Korean politician and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, who served as Prime Minister twice, from 1971–1975 and from 1998–2000.

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Kim Gu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Kim Gu Died at 73 (1876-1949) Kim Koo was a Korean nationalist politician. He was the sixth and later the last president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, a leader of Korean independence movement ...more

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Kim Moon-soo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Kim Moon-soo age 67 Kim Moon-soo is a Korean Saenuri Party politician and the 32nd Governor of Gyeonggi Province in South Korea. A former labor activist, he began his career in politics when he participated in the ...more

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Kim Sung-hwan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Kim Sung-hwan age 65 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 ...more

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Kim Yoon-ok is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Kim Yoon-ok age 71 Kim Yoon-ok is the former First Lady of the Republic of Korea.

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Kim Young-sam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 91 Kim Young-sam is a South Korean politician and democratic activist, who served as the seventh President of South Korea from 1993 to 1998. From 1961, he spent almost 30 years as one of the ...more

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Lee Beom-seok is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Lee Beom-seok Died at 72 (1900-1972) Lee Beom-seok was a Korean independence activist and first prime minister of South Korea from 1948 to 1950. For a time, he also headed the Korean Youth Corps. nickname was Chulgi.

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Lee Beom-seok is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 58 (1925-1983) Lee Bum Suk was the Foreign Minister of South Korea from 1982 until his death. He was among the victims of the Rangoon bombing in 1983. He graduated from Korea University in 1946, and attended ...more

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Lee Hae-chan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Lee Hae-chan age 66 Lee Hae-chan is a former Prime Minister of South Korea. He was nominated by president Roh Moo-hyun on June 8, 2004, confirmed by the National Assembly on June 29, and took office on June 30. He ...more

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Lee Hoi-chang is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 83 Lee Hoi-chang is a South Korean politician who served as the 26th Prime Minister of South Korea from 1993 to 1994. He was a presidential candidate in the 15th, the 16th and the 17th presidential ...more

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Lee Jong-wook is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 61 (1945-2006) Lee Jong-wook was the director-general of the World Health Organization for three years. He joined the WHO in 1983, working on a variety of projects including the Global Programme for Vaccines ...more

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Lee Myung-bak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 77 Lee Myung-bak was the 10th President of South Korea from February 25, 2008, to February 25, 2013. Before his election as president, he was the CEO of Hyundai Engineering and Construction, as ...more

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Lim Su-kyung is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 50 Su-gyeong Lim is an actress.

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Na Kyung-won is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Na Kyung-won age 55 Na Kyung-won is a South Korean politician and lawyer. She was a member of the conservative Saenuri Party. She was one of two candidates of the October 2011 by-election after Oh Se-hoon resigned ...more

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Oh Se-hoon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Oh Se-hoon age 57 Oh Se-hoon was the Mayor of Seoul between 2006 and August 26, 2011. On June 3, 2010, Oh was reelected as the Mayor of Seoul but resigned after losing a referendum on the Seoul Free Lunch ...more

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Park Chung-hee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 62 (1917-1979) Park Chung-hee was a South Korean president and military general who led South Korea from 1961 until his assassination in 1979. Park seized power through a military coup d'état that ...more

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Park Geun-hye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
age 66 Park Geun-hye is a former South Korean politician who served as the 18th President of South Korea from 2013 to 2017. Park was the first woman to be President of South Korea and also the first ...more

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Park Won-soon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Park Won-soon age 62 Park Won-soon is a South Korean lawyer. He was elected as Mayor of Seoul, South Korea on October 26, 2011. Elected as an independent candidate with the support of the Democratic Party and ...more

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Rhyu Si-min is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Rhyu Si-min age 59 Rhyu Si-min is a South Korean politician who served as the 44th Minister of Health and Welfare from February 2006 to May 2007. Before starting his political career since August 2002, he was a ...more

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Roh Moo-hyun is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Roh Moo-hyun Died at 63 (1946-2009) Noh Moo-hyun GOM was the sixth President of the Republic of Korea. Roh's pre-presidential political career was focused on human rights advocacy for student activists in South Korea. His ...more

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Roh Tae-woo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Roh Tae-woo age 86 Roh Tae-woo is a former South Korean politician and ROK Army general who served as the sixth president of South Korea from 25 February 1988 to 25 February 1993.

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Shin Ji-ho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Shin Ji-ho age 55 Shin Ji-ho is a South Korean politician. He was noted for being a temporary spokesperson of Na Kyung-won for the October 2011 by-election. He is one of the prominent members of the New Right

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Song Minsoon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Song Minsoon age 70 Song Minsoon is a Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and serves on the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee. Previously, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs ...more

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Song Young-gil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Song Young-gil age 56 Song Young-gil is a South Korean politician and the 5th popularly elected Mayor of Incheon. Prior to serving as mayor, he was a democratic movement student activist and a member of the Korean ...more

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Syngman Rhee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 90 (1875-1965) Syngman Rhee was a Korean statesman and the first president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea as well as the first president of South Korea. His three-term presidency of ...more

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Yuh Woon-Hyung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 61 (1886-1947) Lyuh Woon-hyung was a Korean politician who argued that Korean independence was essential to world peace, and a reunification activist who struggled for the independent reunification of Korea ...more

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Yun Bo-seon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Politicians from South Korea
Died at 93 (1897-1990) Yun Posun was a Korean independence activist and politician, who served as the second President of South Korea from 1960 to 1962 before being replaced by the long-serving Park Chung-hee as a ...more