Kim Du-han

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Kim Du-han
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Member of the National Assembly of South Korea
In office
November 10, 1965 – September 24, 1966
In office
May 31, 1954 – May 30, 1958
Personal details
Born(1918-05-15)May 15, 1918
Keijō, Japanese Korea
(now Seoul, South Korea)
DiedNovember 21, 1972(1972-11-21) (aged 54)
Seoul, South Korea
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Liberal (1954)
Progressive (1956)
Democratic Socialists
(1956 - 1960)
Korea Independence
(1965 - 1966)
New Democratic
(1967 - 1969, 1969 - 1972)
ChildrenKim Eul-dong
ParentKim Chwa-chin (father)
RelativesSong Il-gook (grandson)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Du-han
McCune–ReischauerKim Tuhan
Pen name
Revised RomanizationUisong

Kim Du-han (May 15, 1918 – November 21, 1972), also spelled Kim Doo-han, was a South Korean mobster, anti-communist activist, politician and the son of Kim Chwa-chin. His pen name (ho) was Uisong. He was notorious for right-wing terrorism against communists or pro-North Korean left-wing peoples, but showed complex tendencies, such as sympathizing with Democratic liberalism and (moderate anti-communist) democratic socialism.



Kim Du-han was the leader of the Jongro street gang during the time under the Japanese rule. He was considered to be the greatest fist fighter in Korea during his time.

After the end of Imperial Japanese rule in Korea, Kim joined Syngman Rhee's Liberal Party, where he served as a politician. He was elected to the Third National Assembly in 1954 and the Sixth National Assembly in 1965.

Personal life[edit]

Kim Du-han was the father of South Korean politician, Kim Eul-dong, and the grandfather to her son, South Korean actor Song Il-gook.

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