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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Seoul National University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Seoul National University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Seoul National University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Seoul National University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Seoul National University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Seoul National University.

This is a list that features graduates like Kim Tae-hee and Hyun Bin.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Seoul National University?” and “Which celebrities are Seoul National University alumni?”

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Ko San is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Ko San Researcher Ko San is a CEO and founder of TIDE Institute and ATEAM Ventures.

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Ahn Cheol-soo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Ahn Cheol-soo Programmer, Businessperson, Politician Ahn Cheol-soo, also known as Charles Ahn, is a South Korean businessman, politician, and former physician and professor. He founded AhnLab, Inc., an antivirus software company, in 1995. Until ...more

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Samuel Doe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Samuel Doe Politician Samuel Kanyon Doe was the leader of Liberia from 1980 to 1990. He served as chairman of the People's Redemption Council and de facto head of state after staging a violent coup d'etat in 1980 ...more

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Daniel Chonghan Hong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Daniel Chonghan Hong Physicist Daniel Chonghan Hong was a Korean-American theoretical physicist. Hong was born in Seoul. He studied physics at the Seoul National University . In 1979 he received his Bachelor's degree there, ...more

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Kim Ki-young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kim Ki-young Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor Kim Ki-young was a South Korean film director, known for his intensely psychosexual and melodramatic horror films, often focusing on the psychology of their female characters. Kim was born in ...more

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Kim Tae-hee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kim Tae-hee Model, Actor Kim Tae-hee is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in Korean dramas such as Stairway to Heaven, Love Story in Harvard, Iris, My Princess, and Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love.

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Choon T. Chon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Choon T. Chon Businessperson Choon T. Chon, is a vice president of Delphi Corporation and president of Delphi Asia Pacific. He is also a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group. ...more

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Benjamin W. Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Benjamin W. Lee Physicist Benjamin Whisoh Lee or Ben Lee, was a Korean-American theoretical physicist. His work in theoretical particle physics exerted great influence on the development of the standard model in the late ...more

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Yung-Ku Ha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Yung-Ku Ha Businessperson, Banker

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Ban Ki-moon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Ban Ki-moon Politician, Diplomat 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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Ha-Joon Chang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Ha-Joon Chang Author, Economist Ha-Joon Chang is a Korean heterodox economist and institutional economist specialising in development economics. Currently a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of ...more

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Lee Jong-wook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Lee Jong-wook Physician 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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Chung Mong Joon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Chung Mong Joon Politician, Entrepreneur Chung Mong-joon or Chung Mong Joon, is a South Korean businessman and politician. He is honorary vice president of FIFA and the former president of the South Korean soccer association. He is ...more

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Kim Jeong-hoon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kim Jeong-hoon Actor, Singer Kim Jeong-hoon, also known in Japan as "John Hoon", is a South Korean singer and actor. He initially rose to fame as a member of Korean duo UN debuting with the single Voice Mail in ...more

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Kim Young-sam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kim Young-sam 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 Hoi-chang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Lee Hoi-chang Politician 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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Han Seung-soo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Han Seung-soo Politician, Professor, Economist 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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Jo Su-mi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Jo Su-mi Singer Sumi Jo is a Grammy Award winning South Korean lyric coloratura soprano known for her interpretations of the bel canto repertoire.

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Yi Munyol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Yi Munyol Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer Mun-yeol Lee is a writer and screenwriter.

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Chung Un-chan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Chung Un-chan Professor, Economist 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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Hyun Bin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Hyun Bin Actor Hyun Bin is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Name Is Kim Sam-soon and Secret Garden.

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Kim Swoo Geun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kim Swoo Geun Architect Kim Swoo Geun was a prominent South Korean architect, educator, publisher and patron of artists. Along with architect Kim Joong Up, he is recognised as a significant contributor in the history ...more

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Byungki Hwang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Byungki Hwang Professor, Musician, Composer Hwang Byungki is the foremost South Korean player of the gayageum, a 12-string zither with silk strings. Hwang is also a composer and an authority on Korean sanjo, a form of traditional Korean ...more

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Hwang Woo-suk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Hwang Woo-suk Professor, Researcher, Scientist Hwang Woo-suk is a South Korean veterinarian and researcher. He was a professor of theriogenology and biotechnology at Seoul National University who became infamous for fabricating a series of ...more

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Song Minsoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Song Minsoon 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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Lee Ki-baek is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Lee Ki-baek Lee Ki-baik was a leading South Korean historian. He was born in Jeongju-gun, in North Pyeongan province in what is today North Korea. He graduated from the Osan School in 1941, attending Waseda ...more

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Unsuk Chin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Unsuk Chin Composer Unsuk Chin is a South Korean composer of classical music, based in Berlin, Germany. She was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in 2004, the Arnold Schönberg Prize in 2005 and the Music ...more

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Yangji Lee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Yangji Lee Novelist Yangji Lee was a second-generation Zainichi Korean Japanese novelist born in Nishikatsura, Yamanashi, Japan. When she was in grade school, her parents acquired Japanese citizenship, and her ...more

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Ahn Byong-man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Ahn Byong-man Ahn Byong-man is a South Korean academic, and the former President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Seoul National University in ...more

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Han Duck-soo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Han Duck-soo Politician 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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Lee Soo-man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Lee Soo-man Film Score Composer, Record producer, Businessperson Lee Soo-man is a South Korean music mogul, musician, and record producer. He is the founding chairman of S.M. Entertainment, specializing in K-pop groups. S.M. Entertainment is one of the Korean ...more

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Kang Kum-sil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kang Kum-sil Politician Kang Kum-Sil is a South Korean politician and a lawyer, and also served as the Minister of Justice from February 2003 to July 2004. She was the ruling Uri Party Mayoral candidate of Seoul ...more

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Kim Moon-soo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kim Moon-soo Politician 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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Rhee Sue-goo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Rhee Sue-goo Chemist Rhee Sue-Goo, Ph.D. is a Korean-born American biochemist. Rhee was chief of the Laboratory of Cell Signaling, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, ...more

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Lee Ha-nui is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Lee Ha-nui Model, Actor Lee Ha-nui, better known as Honey Lee is a South Korean actress, classical musician, gayageum player and beauty pageant titleholder. She is also one of the most well-known vegetarians in South ...more

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Park Seung is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Park Seung Politician, Economist Park Seung was the Governor of the Bank of Korea; his four-year term ended on the 31st of March 2006. He kept South Korean interest rates at historic lows but was blamed for contributing to a ...more

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Park Yung-woo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Park Yung-woo Park Yung-woo is a South Korean physicist, who has worked in the field of materials science.

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Ryong Ryoo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Ryong Ryoo Ryoo Ryong is a professor of chemistry at KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea. He is the head of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Ryoo has won a variety of awards, including the Top Scientist ...more

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Soo-Bong Kim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Soo-Bong Kim Soo-Bong Kim is a South Korean physicist.

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Yoon Nung-min is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Yoon Nung-min Yoon Nung-min is a South Korean chemist, known for his research in organic chemistry, specializing in metal hydrides. He received his B.A at Seoul National University in chemistry in 1951 and ...more

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Kang G. Shin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kang G. Shin Kang G. Shin is the Kevin and Nancy O'Connor Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan. He is also the Founding ...more

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Zang-Hee Cho is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Zang-Hee Cho Zang-Hee Cho, Ph.D, is a Korean neuroscientist who developed the first Ring-PET scanner and the scintillation detector BGO. More recently, Cho developed the first PET-MRI fusion molecular ...more

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David Kwangshin Kim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
David Kwangshin Kim Pastor David Kwangshin Kim is Korean Protestant Christian Pastor. He is the president of Grace Ministries International that have created more than 9,000 churches in Russia, Africa, China, ...more

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Kim Tschang-yeul is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Kim Tschang-yeul Kim Tschang Yeul is a Korean painter, who has spent most of his career focused on water drops.

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Hong Seok-hyun is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Hong Seok-hyun Hong Seok-hyun is a noted figure in South Korean media industry. He is the chairman of JMnet and JoongAng Ilbo, one of the major Korean daily newspapers with the circulation of 1,300,000 copies. ...more

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Jin Hi Kim is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Jin Hi Kim Composer Kim Jin-Hi is a geomungo player and composer. She is known for introducing the geomungo to the wider world through her contemporary chamber and orchestral compositions and large-scale multimedia ...more

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Jaehoon Ahn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Jaehoon Ahn Journalist Jaehoon Ahn was a North Korean-born American journalist and researcher. Ahn worked as a researcher for the Washington Post for more than twenty-five years, until 1996. He was also the founding ...more

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Joo Sang-wook is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Joo Sang-wook Actor Joo Sang-wook is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in generational saga Giant, medical drama Good Doctor, romantic comedy Cunning Single Lady, and crime procedural Special ...more

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Sang Won Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Sang Won Park Sang Won Park is a Korean-born musician. He plays the kayagum and ajaeng, and sings in both traditional Korean and free improvisational styles. He began his musical studies at the age of ten and ...more

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Larkhoon Leem is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Seoul National University Alumni
Larkhoon Leem Larkhoon Leem was a graduate student at Stanford University.