Choi Moon-soon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Moon-soon
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Governor of Gangwon Province
Assumed office
28 April 2011
Preceded by Lee Kwang-jae
Personal details
Born (1956-02-04) 4 February 1956 (age 61)
Chuncheon, Gangwon, South Korea
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Lee Soon-woo
Residence Chuncheon, South Korea
Alma mater Seoul National University, Department of English Literature(Master of Arts)
Profession Politician, Journalist
Military service
Service/branch Republic of Korea Army
Rank Sergeant
Choi Moon-soon
Hangul 최문순
Revised Romanization Choi Mun-sun
McCune–Reischauer Ch‘oe Mun-sun

Choi Moon-soon (born February 4, 1956, Nickname: Moonsoonc[1]) is the incumbent governor of Gangwon Province.


After graduating the University, he worked as an investigative journalist of the MBC network for almost two decades, and later he served as a Chief Executive Officer of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation from 2005 to 2008,[2] He then served as a Member of the National Assembly from 2008 to 2011. He, with his three generation family,[3] is recognized as an 'elite status of veterans', which certified on the Military Manpower Agency.[4]


First term (2011-2014)[edit]

He was elected at the special election for the 36th governorship of Gangwon at April 27, 2011.[5] During his first term, He helped to host and prepare the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang county and several venues in Gangwon province, with improving relevant infrastructures such as the construction of new Wonju-Gangneung Railway, revitalizing Yangyang International Airport, etc.[6]

Second term (2014-present)[edit]

He was re-elected to a second term, on June 4, 2014.[7] His new term, 37th governorship, will start on July 2, 2014, with special debate of 'Meeting with Inhabitants', instead of a formal inauguration ceremony.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He, a Buddhist, lives in Chuncheon with his wife. He and his wife has 2 daughters. He also has been working as a chairperson of public-owned sports club Gangwon FC, since elected as the provincial governor in 2011.[9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ '문순C' or '문순 씨', which means Mr. Moon-soon in Korean. 'Wonsoonc', Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon's nickname is a similar case.
  2. ^ Who is the elected, Choi Moon-soon(Korean), Kangwon Ilbo, June 5, 2014, Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  3. ^ He and his family's total amount of service is 71 years.
  4. ^ Elite status of veterans, 2012(Korean; 2012 병역명문가), Military Manpower Agency, Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Choi Moon-soon voted in as new Gangwon Governor for 2018 Olympics race, Laura Walden, Sports Features Communications, April 27, 2011. Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Gangwon Governor Choi talks about the upcoming 2018 Winter Games and state preparations, Choi Ah-rim, Korea IT Times for Sports Features Communications, November 12, 2013. Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  7. ^ Gangwon Governor Choi re-elected and putting more economic emphasis on the Games, Laura Walden, Sports Features Communications, June 10, 2014. Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Huge changes on officers' Inaugurations(Korean), Kangwon Domin-ilbo, June 18, 2014, Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Owner Greetings(Korean), Gangwon FC official homepage, Retrieved on June 22, 2014.

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Preceded by
Lee Gwang-jae
Governor of Gangwon-do
April 28, 2011–
Succeeded by