Choe Kwang-shik

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Choe Kwang-shik
Choe Kwang-shik (cropped).jpg
Born 1953 (age 64–65)
Alma mater Korea University
Occupation Historian, museum curator
Korean name
Hangul 최광식
Hanja 崔光植
Revised Romanization Choe Gwangsik
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Kwangsik

Choe Kwang-shik (born 1953) is a South Korean historian and museum curator who served as the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism under President Lee Myung-bak.


Choe Kwang-shik was born in 1953 in Seoul. He received his PhD in Korean history from Korea University,[1] and in 1995 became a professor of the same university's history department. From 2004 to 2007, he was Vice-President of the Korean Association of University Museums (KAUM).[2]

In 2009, Choe became South Korea's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In January 2012, he unveiled plans to allocate more funds in cooperation with other governmental organizations to boost South Korea's cultural industry.[3]

In 2013, Choe stepped down from his position as Minister of Culture, with Yoo Jin-ryong taking over.


  1. ^ "최광식 문화체육관광부 장관, 27일 KAIST서 특강" [Choe Kwangshik, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, to give special lecture at KAIST on the 27th]. JoongAng Ilbo. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "2007 Conference". University Museums and Collections. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Traditional culture promoted for new wave of hallyu". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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