Choi Sae-hwang

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Choi Sae-hwang
5th Chief Prosecutor of Jeonju
In office
18 July 1952 – 6 April 1954
8th Vice-Minister of National Defense
In office
8 August 1957 – 27 May 1960
Personal details
Born (1919-08-30)30 August 1919
Sariwon, Hwanghae, Korea, Empire of Japan
Died 11 October 1992(1992-10-11) (aged 73)
Seoul, South Korea
Korean name
Hangul 최세황
Hanja 崔世璜
Revised Romanization Choe Sehwang
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Sehwang

Choi Sae-hwang (30 August 1919 – 11 October 1992) was a South Korean lawyer and government official.

Early life[edit]

Choi was born in Sariwon, Hwanghae (today North Hwanghae, North Korea).[1] He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan in 1941.[2]

Government career[edit]

After his graduation, Choi returned to Korea, where he worked as a prosecutor of the Cheongju District Court (청주지방법원) under the Japanese colonial government. When Korea regained its independence, he found employment with the new South Korean government, first with the High Prosecutors' Office in 1948, with the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in 1949, as head of the Bureau of Prisons (행형국) under the Ministry of Justice in 1951, and as Chief Prosecutor of Jeonju in 1952.[3] He was named South Korea's Vice-Minister of National Defense in August 1957, succeeding Kim Jeong-ryeol (김정렬) who was promoted to Minister.[4] He was one of the members of the founding committee of the Democratic Republican Party in February 1963. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed him as a representative in South Korea's discussions with Japan on a fisheries treaty that month.[5]

Later life[edit]

Choi went on to work as a lawyer in private practice, and later became the president of Hansung Transportation (한성통운; 韓星通運).[6][7][8]

Choi was an avid golfer. He became a member of the board of directors of the Seoul Country Club in 1969,[9] and was elected chairman of the board in 1980.[10]

He died on the morning of 11 October 1992 at the Chung-Ang University Hospital in Seoul.[2] He was survived by his wife Kim Yeong-ja, two sons, and two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b 전 국방차관 최세황씨 [Former Vice-Minister of National Defense Mr. Choi Sae-hwang]. JoongAng Ilbo. 12 October 1992. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b 前국방차관 崔世璜씨 [Former Vice-Minister of National Defense Mr. Choi Sae-hwang]. Kyunghyang Shinmun. 12 October 1992. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  3. ^ 제 5 대 지검장 전주지검장 최세황 [Fifth Regional Chief Prosecutor: Jeonju Chief Prosecutor Choi Sae-hwang]. Supreme Prosecutors' Office. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  4. ^ 國防部次官崔世璜氏 [Vice-Minister of National Defense Mr. Choi Sae-hwang]. Kyunghyang Shinmun. 16 September 1957. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  5. ^ 崔世璜氏를追加 漁擄會談代表 [Mr. Choi Sae-hwang added as additional representative in fisheries talks]. Dong-a Ilbo. 7 February 1963. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  6. ^ 課稅取消請求소송 [Tax relief claim lawsuit]. Kyunghyang Shinmun. 22 April 1965. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  7. ^ 本社來訪 [Visitors to our headquarters]. Dong-a Ilbo. 18 August 1975. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Jo Seong-sik (January 2002). 검찰 혼맥, 한국 상류사회의 연결고리 [Prosecutors' links of marriage to South Korean high society]. Shin Dong-a Magazine. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  9. ^ 서울컨트리클럽 이사장에金成坤씨 [Mr. Kim Seong-gon to be board chairman of Seoul Country Club]. Kyunghyang Shinmun. 30 April 1969. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  10. ^ 이사장에 崔世璜씨 선출 [Mr. Choi Sae-hwang elected as board chairman]. Maeil Business Newspaper. 22 February 1980. Retrieved 21 June 2016.