Famous South Korean Leaders

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 1 Yi Sun-sin

Yi Sun-sin
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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.

 2 Moon Jae-in

Moon Jae-in
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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.

 3 Park-Chung-hee

Park-Chung-hee
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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.

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 4 Syngman Rhee

Syngman Rhee
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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. 

 5 Kim Dae Jung

Kim Dae Jung
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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.

 6 Empress Gi

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

 7 Yŏngjo

Yŏngjo
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Famous As: Korean King
Birthdate: October 31, 1694
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gyeonghuigung, Seoul, South Korea
Died: April 22, 1776
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 8 Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye
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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.

 9 Roh Moo-hyun

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

 10 Lee Myung-bak

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

 11 Lee Kun-hee

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

 12 Kim Young-sam

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

 13 Chun Doo-hwan

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

 14 David Yonggi Cho

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

 15 Roh Tae-woo

Roh Tae-woo
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Famous As: Sixth president of South Korea from 1988 to 1993
Birthdate: December 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dong-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Died: October 26, 2021

 16 Park Won-soon

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

 17 Choi Hong Hi

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

 18 Chung Mong-koo

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

 19 Yun Posun

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

 20 Ahn Cheol-Soo

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

 21 Choi Kyu-hah

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

 22 Eul-dong Kim

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

 23 Kim Gu

Kim Gu
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Famous As: 13th President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea
Birthdate: August 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haeju, North Korea
Died: June 26, 1949

 24 Kim Du-han

Kim Du-han
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Famous As: Former Member of the National Assembly of South Korea
Birthdate: May 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Died: November 21, 1972

 25 Chung Mong-joon

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

 26 Jeong Dojeon

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

 27 Chung Il Kwon

Chung Il Kwon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ussuriysk, Russia
Died: January 17, 1994

Russian-born Korean army general Chung Il Kwon had an Imperial Russian Army interpreter as a father. He had been the foreign minister and prime minister of Korea and part of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. He also led South Korea in some of the most significant battles in the Korean War.

 28 Choe Deok-sin

Choe Deok-sin
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: September 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Korea
Died: November 14, 1989

 29 Chang Myon

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

 30 Kim Kyu-sik

Kim Kyu-sik
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Famous As: Vice President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1940-1947)
Birthdate: January 29, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dongnae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Died: December 10, 1950

 31 Yun Chi-ho

Yun Chi-ho
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 26, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunpo-myeon, Asan-si, South Korea
Died: December 9, 1945

 32 Lee Cha-su

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

 33 Jeong Seung-hwa

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

 34 Kim Seong-su

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

 35 Chu Ki-chol

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