First Lady of South Korea

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First Lady of the Republic of Korea
대한민국의 영부인 목록
Kim Jung-sook 2018.jpg
Incumbent
Kim Jung-sook

since May 10, 2017
Residence Blue House, Seoul, South Korea
Inaugural holder Franziska Donner
Formation 24 July 1948

The First Lady of the Republic of Korea, commonly known as the First Lady of South Korea, is the wife of the President of South Korea.

During the administration of President Park Chung-hee, his daughter, Park Geun-hye, assumed the duties of First Lady after her mother, Yuk Young-soo.[1] The first, and to date, only female president Park Geun-hye was never married in office so there is still yet to be a First Gentleman of Korea.

The current First Lady is Kim Jung-sook, wife of President Moon Jae-in, in office since 10 May 2017.

List of First Ladies of the Republic of Korea

The following is a list of the First Ladies of South Korea.

I# A# Picture Name Tenure Age at the start of tenure President
(Husband, unless noted)
1 1 Franziska Donner in c 1948.png Franziska Donner
(프란체스카 도너)
Birth country:  Austria
June 15, 1900 – March 19, 1992
(aged 91)
August 15, 1948

April 26, 1960
48 years, 61 days Rhee Syng-man
m. October 8, 1934
2
3
2 4 Kong Deok Kui 1928's.jpg Gong Deok-gwi
(공덕귀 / 孔德貴)
April 21, 1911 – November 24, 1997
(aged 86)
August 13, 1960

March 23, 1962
49 years, 114 days Yun Bo-seon
m. January 6, 1949
3 5 陆英修参加红十字缝纫志愿者活动.jpg Yuk Young-soo
(육영수 / 陸英修)
November 29, 1925 – August 15, 1974
(aged 48)
December 17, 1963

August 15, 1974
38 years, 18 days Park Chung-hee
m. December 12, 1950
6
7
8
Park Geun-hye (8724400493) (cropped).jpg Park Geun-Hye[note 1]
(박근혜 / 朴槿惠)
Born (1952-02-02) February 2, 1952 (age 66)
August 16, 1974

October 26, 1979
23 years, 195 days Park Chung-hee
(daughter of)
9
4 10 Hong Gi
(홍기 / 洪基)
March 3, 1916 – July 20, 2004
(aged 88)
December 6, 1979

August 15, 1980
63 years, 278 days Choi Kyu-hah
m. 1935
5 11 Lee Soon-Ja 01.jpg Rhee Soon-ja
(이순자 / 李順子)
Born (1939-03-24) March 24, 1939 (age 79)
September 1, 1980

February 24, 1988
41 years, 161 days Chun Doo-hwan
m. 1958
12
6 13 Kim Ok-suk
(김옥숙 / 金玉淑)
Born (1935-08-11) August 11, 1935 (age 82)
February 25, 1988

February 24, 1993
52 years, 198 days Roh Tae-woo
m. 1959
7 14 Son Myeong-sun
(손명순 / 孫命順)
Born (1929-01-16) January 16, 1929 (age 89)
February 25, 1993

February 24, 1998
64 years, 40 days Kim Young-sam
m. 1951
8 15 Leehiho2010.jpg Rhee Hee-hoh
(이희호 / 李姬鎬)
Born (1922-09-21) September 21, 1922 (age 95)
February 25, 1998

February 24, 2003
75 years, 157 days Kim Dae-jung
m. 1962
9 16 Kwon Yang-sook Chopped.jpg Kwon Yang-sook
(권양숙 / 權良淑)
Born (1948-02-02) February 2, 1948 (age 70)
February 25, 2003

February 24, 2008
55 years, 23 days Roh Moo-hyun
m. 1973
10 17 Korean Cuisine to the World 2009 - 4342406373 (cropped).jpg Kim Yoon-ok
(김윤옥 / 金潤玉)
Born (1947-03-26) March 26, 1947 (age 71)
February 25, 2008

February 24, 2013
60 years, 336 days Lee Myung-bak
m. December 19, 1970
11 18 None[note 2]
12 19 Kim Jung-sook(1954).jpg Kim Jung-sook
(김정숙 / 金正淑)
Born (1954-11-15) November 15, 1954 (age 63)
May 10, 2017

present
62 years, 176 days Moon Jae-in
m. 1981

Notes

  1. ^ Park Geun Hye is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, and took over as First Lady following Yung Young-soo's death.[2]
  2. ^ The President at the time, Park Geun-Hye, was single, having never married.[3]

References

  1. ^ Carter J. Eckert, Ki-baik Lee, Young Ick Lew, Michael Robinson, and Edward W. Wagner, Korea Old and New: A History (Seoul: Ilchokak / Korea Institute, Harvard University, 1990), 377.
  2. ^ "Profile: South Korean President Park Geun-hye". BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2018. When her mother was murdered by a North Korean gunman in 1974, Ms Park served as first lady at the age of 22. 
  3. ^ Phelan, Jessica (31 January 2014). "All The Single Leaders: The world's most eligible heads of state". Public Radio International. Retrieved 3 January 2018. Park said she hasn't taken a husband because she’s already married to her country... 

See also

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