Mayor of Seoul

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Mayor of Seoul
Park won-soon crop.png
Incumbent
Park Won-soon

since October 27, 2011
Residence Mayor's residence, Hyehwa-dong
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Kim Hyongmin
Formation September 28, 1946
Salary ₩102 million

The Mayor of Seoul (Korean: 서울특별시장, hanja: 서울特別市長) is the chief executive for the metropolitan government of Seoul, the capital and largest city of South Korea. The position is historically one of the most powerful in the country. He is charged with managing an annual budget of 23 trillion won.[1] Many Seoul mayors have gone on to hold higher office. Yun Bo-seon and Lee Myung-bak both went on to become President of the Republic of Korea.

Chronological list[edit]

The modern office of mayor succeeds the historic offices of Hansong-bu P'anyun (Lord Mayor of Seoul).

In the modern era, there have been 32 mayors of Seoul.[2]

Appointed mayors (before 1995)[edit]

Mayor Took Office Left Office Party
Kim Hyongmin September 28, 1946 December 15, 1948
Yun Bo-seon December 15, 1948 June 6, 1949
Lee Kibung June 6, 1949 May 8, 1951
Kim Taeson June 27, 1951 July 6, 1956
Goh Chaebong July 6, 1956 December 14, 1957
Heo Jeong December 14, 1957 June 12, 1959 Democratic
Yim Hungsoon June 12, 1959 April 30, 1960 Liberal
Chang Kiyong May 2, 1960 June 30, 1960 Liberal
Kim Sangdon*[3] December 30, 1960 May 16, 1961 Democratic
Yoon Taeil May 21, 1961 December 16, 1963 Military
Yun Chi-Young December 17, 1963 March 30, 1966 Democratic Republican
Kim Hyonok March 31, 1966 April 16, 1970 Democratic Republican
Yang Taekshik April 16, 1970 September 2, 1974 Democratic Republican
Kuh Chachun September 2, 1974 December 22, 1978 Democratic Republican
Chong Sangchon December 22, 1978 September 2, 1980 Democratic Republican
Park Yongsu September 2, 1980 April 28, 1982 Democratic Justice
Kim Sung-bae April 28, 1982 October 15, 1983 Democratic Justice
Yom Po-hyun October 15, 1983 December 30, 1987 Democratic Justice
Kim Yong-rae December 30, 1987 December 5, 1988 Democratic Justice
Goh Kun December 5, 1988 December 27, 1990 Democratic Justice
Park Se-jik December 27, 1990 February 19, 1991 Democratic Liberal
Rhee Hai-Won February 19, 1991 June 26, 1992 Democratic Liberal
Lee Sang-bae June 26, 1992 February 26, 1993 Democratic Liberal
Kim Sang-chol February 26, 1993 March 4, 1993 Democratic Liberal
Lee Won-jong March 8, 1993 October 21, 1994 Democratic Liberal
Woo Myung-gyu October 22, 1994 November 3, 1994 Democratic Liberal
Choi Pyong-yol November 3, 1994 June 30, 1995 Democratic Liberal


Elected mayors (1995-present)[edit]

No. Mayor Portrait Took Office Left Office Party
30   Cho Soon
조순 / 趙淳
July 1, 1995 September 9, 1997 National Congress for New Politics
  Kang Deokki
강덕기 / 姜德基
(Acting)
September 10, 1997 June 30, 1998 National Congress for New Politics
31   Goh Kun
고건 / 高建
Goh kun cropped portrait.jpg July 1, 1998 June 30, 2002 National Congress for New Politics;
Millennium Democratic
32   Lee Myung-bak
이명박 / 李明博
Sebastián Piñera - Lee Myung-bak (cropped).jpg July 1, 2002 June 30, 2006 Grand National
33   Oh Se-hoon
오세훈 / 吳世勳
Oh Se-Hoon.jpg July 1, 2006 June 30, 2010 Grand National
34 July 1, 2010 August 26, 2011
  Kwon Young-kyu
권영규 / 權寧奎
(Acting)
August 27, 2011 October 26, 2011 Grand National
35   Park Won-soon
박원순 / 朴元淳
Park won-soon crop.png October 27, 2011 Present Democratic United(elected as an independent)
New Politics Alliance for Democracy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://finance.seoul.go.kr/archives/12909
  2. ^ "Successive Mayors". Retrieved 2006-05-21.  With the exception of Kim Sangdon in 1960, the position was an appointed post until 1995, since when mayors are elected by popular vote. Some names have been adapted in accordance with Wikipedia conventions.
  3. ^ Elected, under the Second Republic.

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