Moon Kook-hyun

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Moon Kook-hyun
Leader of the Creative Korea Party
Assumed office
October 14, 2007
Preceded by Lee Jae-oh (GNP)
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
June 5, 2008
Constituency Eunpyeong-eul, Seoul
Personal details
Born (1949-01-12) January 12, 1949 (age 69)
Seoul,  South Korea
Political party Creative Korea Party
Spouse(s) Park Su-ae
Children 2 daughters
Residence Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
Moon Kook-hyun
Hangul 문국현
Revised Romanization Mun Guk-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Mun Kuk-hyŏn

Moon Kook-hyun (Korean: 문국현, Hanja: 文國現, born 12 January 1949) is the leader of the Creative Korea Party, who served as a well-known business manager and civil environmental campaigner in South Korea before entering his political career.

Born in Seoul, Moon studied English language at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, graduating with a BA in 1972, then took a postgraduate course in Business Administration at the Seoul National University.[1]

As a Business Leader

Moon began his career at Yuhan-Kimberly(유한킴벌리), a company manufacturing paper and woven fibre products. In 1983, he spent a year in the United States, taking some new management concepts. On his return, he developed the concept of "environmental management", focusing on digital printing technologies and the use of recycled paper.[1]

In 1995, Moon became Chief Executive Officer of Yuhan-Kimberly. In 1996, Moon was appointed committee director of the U.N. Environment (UNEP) Korea Development Organization. Faced with a financial crisis in 1997, he developed a new shift system where workers worked twelve-hours shifts for four days running, then took four days off.[1]

2007 Presidential Election

In August 2007, Moon resigned from Yuhan-Kimberly to run in the South Korean presidential election, 2007. In October, he formed the Creative Korea Party, with an anti-corruption, pro-environmentalist program, gaining a bit of support from liberal voters who supported the Participatory Government, conservative voters who wanted to change the government and liked a similar 'business leader' portfolio but disliked Lee Myung-bak, and from the labor movement.[2]

In the election, Moon won 5.8% of the votes for fourth place. Moon is a Roman Catholic.[3]

2008 Legislative Election

On April 9, 2008, Moon beat the close confidante of Lee Myung-bak (president) Lee Jae-oh (GNP, Incumbent), by more than 11%.[4] Although the harsh loss of South Korean liberal candidates especially in Seoul at this 2008 election, his campaign against 'the Grand Korean Canal' project boosted his popularity in his electoral division and across the nation.


  1. ^ a b c "Moon Kook-hyun, CEO Of Yuhan-Kimberly Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine.", Chosun Ilbo, 19 January 2001
  2. ^ "Dark horse presidential candidate launches party ahead of election", Yonhap News Agency, 30 October 2007
  3. ^ 문국현 소개[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Rise and Fall of Heavyweights, the Korea Times, Retrieved on April 9, 2008

External links

  • Official Homepage (in Korean)
  • Official Mini-homepage(at Cyworld) (in Korean)
  • Official Weblog(at (in Korean)

Grassroot Organizations

  • MoonHamDae; Koreans with Moon, Civil Supporter`s Club (in Korean)
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