Famous South Korean Leaders

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 1 Sejong the Great of Joseon

Sejong the Great of Joseon
Famous As: King
Birthdate: May 15, 1397
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jeonju
Died: April 8, 1450

 2 Yi Sun-sin

Yi Sun-sin
Famous As: Naval Commander
Birthdate: April 28, 1545
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hansung
Died: December 16, 1598

Yi Sun-sin was a Korean military general and admiral best remembered for his famous victories during the Imjin war, where his troops were victorious against the Japanese navy. Since the Imjin war, Yi Sun-sin has been revered in Korea as a national hero. Most of his victories were achieved despite being outnumbered by the enemies.

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 3 Syngman Rhee

Syngman Rhee
Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: March 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haeju
Died: July 19, 1965
South Korea’s first president, Syngman Rhee, plunged into politics fighting for independence from Japan. His PhD from Princeton made him the first Korean to get a U.S. doctorate. Faced with the April Revolution and the Second Republic of Korea, he resigned and spent his final years exiled in Honolulu. 

 4 Yŏngjo

Famous As: Korean King
Birthdate: October 31, 1694
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gyeonghuigung, Seoul, South Korea
Died: April 22, 1776

 5 Roh Moo-hyun

Roh Moo-hyun
Famous As: Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gimhae
Died: May 23, 2009

 6 Kim Dae Jung

Kim Dae Jung
Famous As: Former President of South Korea
Birthdate: January 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hauido, Sinan-gun
Died: August 18, 2009

Son of a farmer, Kim Dae Jung later took over a company that he had initially joined as a clerk. He escaped from the clutches of death during the Korean War. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning politician also became the first opposition leader to be elected as the South Korean president.

 7 Kim Young-sam

Kim Young-sam
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Geoje
Died: November 22, 2015
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 8 Roh Tae-woo

Roh Tae-woo
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Daegu

 9 Kim Gu

Kim Gu
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hwanghae
Died: June 26, 1949

 10 Moon Jae-in

Moon Jae-in
Famous As: Current President of South Korea
Birthdate: January 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geoje, South Korea

Moon Jae-in is a South Korean politician and the current president of South Korea. Although he was raised in poverty, Moon worked hard during his early years and went on to become a prominent politician. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

 11 Park-Chung-hee

Famous As: Former President of South Korea
Birthdate: November 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gumi, South Korea
Died: October 26, 1979

Park Chung-hee served as the president of South Korea from 1962 to 1979. He had also chaired the Supreme Council for National Reconstruction. As the leader of the South Korean army, he had launched the 1961 coup and established a dictatorship. He was assassinated by his close aide Kim Jae-gyu.

 12 Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye
Famous As: 11th President of South Korea
Birthdate: February 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jung District, Taegu, South Korea

Park Geun-hye is a former politician from South Korea. In 2013, Park became the first woman to serve as the president of South Korea. She also became the first president from South Korea to be born after the establishment of the First Republic of Korea. In 2014, Park Geun-hye was named in Forbes magazine's world's most powerful people list.

 13 Lee Kun-hee

Lee Kun-hee
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: January 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uiryeong County

 14 Chun Doo-hwan

Chun Doo-hwan
Famous As: Former President of South Korea
Birthdate: January 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hapcheon County

 15 Empress Gi

Empress Gi
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1315 AD
Birthplace: Goyang, South Korea
Died: 1369 AD

 16 Lee Myung-bak

Lee Myung-bak
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Osaka

 17 David Yonggi Cho

David Yonggi Cho
Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: February 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ulsan

 18 Ahn Sahng-hong

Ahn Sahng-hong
Birthdate: January 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jangsu County
Died: February 25, 1985

 19 Choi Kyu-hah

Choi Kyu-hah
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 16, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wonju-myeon, Wonju County, Gangwon, South Korea
Died: October 22, 2006

 20 Park Won-soon

Park Won-soon
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Changnyeong County Changnyeong, First Republic of Korea South Korea
Died: July 9, 2020

 21 Choi Hong Hi

Choi Hong Hi
Famous As: Taekwondo athlete, Karateka
Birthdate: November 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Hamgyong Province
Died: June 15, 2002

 22 Chung Mong-koo

Chung Mong-koo
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gangwon Province

 23 Angela Warnick Buchdahl

Angela Warnick Buchdahl
Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Apart from achieving the feat of being the first Asian-American to become a rabbi and a cantor, Angela Warnick Buchdahl has also amazed everyone with her musical skills. A Yale alumna, she was featured in the documentary 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre, which explored the musical history of Jewish synagogues.

 24 Eul-dong Kim

Eul-dong Kim
Birthdate: September 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Samcheong-dong

 25 Yun Posun

Yun Posun
Famous As: President
Birthdate: August 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dunpo-myeon, Asan-si, South Korea
Died: July 18, 1990

 26 Ahn Cheol-Soo

Ahn Cheol-Soo
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pusan, South Korea

 27 Kim Du-han

Kim Du-han
Famous As: autobiographer, politician
Birthdate: 1918 AD
Birthplace: Seoul
Died: November 21, 1972

 28 Chung Mong-joon

Chung Mong-joon
Famous As: Association football player, Politician
Birthdate: October 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Busan

 29 Jeong Dojeon

Jeong Dojeon
Famous As: Scholar-official
Birthdate: 1342 AD
Birthplace: Danyang-gun, South Korea
Died: October 6, 1398

 30 Chang Myon

Chang Myon
Famous As: Former Vice President of South Korea
Birthdate: August 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jongno District, Seoul
Died: June 4, 1966

 31 Lee Cha-su

Lee Cha-su
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Korea
Died: March 9, 2020

 32 Wonhyo

Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0617 AD
Birthplace: Jain-myeon, Gyeongsan-si, South Korea
Died: April 28, 0686

 33 Han Yongun

Han Yongun
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hongseong-gun, South Korea
Died: June 29, 1944

 34 Ch'oe Che-u

Ch'oe Che-u
Famous As: Korean religious leader
Birthdate: December 18, 1824
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: North Kyŏngsang, South Korea
Died: April 15, 1864

 35 Stephen Kim Sou-hwan

Stephen Kim Sou-hwan
Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: May 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Daegu, South Korea
Died: February 16, 2009

 36 Kim Seong-su

Kim Seong-su
Famous As: Former Vice President of South Korea
Birthdate: October 11, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gochang, North Jeolla, Korea
Died: February 18, 1955

 37 Jeong Seung-hwa

Jeong Seung-hwa
Famous As: General
Birthdate: February 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bongsan-myeon, Gimcheon-si, South Korea
Died: June 12, 2002

 38 Uisang

Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0625 AD
Birthplace: Korea
Died: 0702 AD

 39 Chajang Yulsa

Chajang Yulsa
Famous As: Buddhist monk
Birthdate: 0590 AD
Birthplace: Silla
Died: 0658 AD

 40 Chu Ki-chol

Chu Ki-chol
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jinhae-gu, South Korea
Died: April 21, 1944

 41 Saint Chŏng Yak-jong

Saint Chŏng Yak-jong
Famous As: Roman Catholic martyr
Birthdate: 1760 AD
Birthplace: South Korea
Died: April 8, 1801

 42 Bojo Guksa

Bojo Guksa
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 1158 AD
Birthplace: Korea
Died: 1210 AD