Kim Jung-sook

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Kim Jung-sook
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First Lady of South Korea
Assumed role
10 May 2017
President Moon Jae-in
Preceded by Kim Yoon-ok (2013)
Personal details
Born (1955-11-15) 15 November 1955 (age 62)[1]
Seoul, South Korea[1]
Moon Jae-in (m. 1981)
Children 1 son (Moon Jun-yong)[2]
1 daughter (Da-Hye)[2][3]
Residence Blue House
Alma mater Kyung Hee University[1]
Religion prev. Buddhism, currently Roman Catholicism
Kim Jung-sook
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong-suk
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏng-suk

Kim Jung-sook (Korean: 김정숙; born November 15, 1955) is a South Korean classical singer[4] who is the current First Lady of the Republic of Korea and spouse of Moon Jae-in, the 12th President of South Korea.[5]


Kim holds a BA in Vocal Music at Kyung Hee University,[6] where she met Moon.[2]

Kim has been given the nickname "Jolly Lady", due to her easy-going personality.[7]

Kim met her future husband, Moon, during their university years at Kyung Hee University.[8][9] Their relationship began to develop, after Moon was knocked out by tear gas during an anti-Park Chung-hee protest.[9]

Moon and Kim married in 1981,[8] after Kim proposed marriage to Moon[10] in an act that was virtually unheard of in South Korea.[8]

Kim became First Lady of the Republic of Korea on her husband's inauguration as President on 10 May 2017.


  1. ^ a b c "First Lady Kim Jung-sook". Korean Culture and Information Service. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Korea Has a New 1st Lady". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ "MOON Jae‐in - President of the Republic of Korea". Cheong Wa Dae. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ "The singer, the model and the investment banker: Meet the First Ladies (and husbands) of the G20". The Telegraph. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018. Kim Jung-Sook is married to President Moon Jae-In. She works full time as First Lady but also has a degree in classical singing, and is a renowned classical vocalist.
  5. ^ Hyunjoo Jin (May 9, 2017). "South Korea's shy new President Moon hits the spotlight". Reuters. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kim Jung-sook: First Lady of the Republic of Korea" (PDF). Cheong Wa Dae. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  7. ^ Bak, Se-hwan (10 May 2017). "[Exclusive] First lady Kim Jung-sook vows to act as communication channel". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Chang, May Choon (22 May 2017). "South Korea's vivacious new First Lady charms the nation". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b "I aim to be just myself, as I have always been: Kim Jung Sook, South Korea's new first lady". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  10. ^ Lim, Jeong-yeo (16 May 2017). "Photos of South Korean President Moon when he was younger". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
previously held by Kim Yoon-ok
First Lady of South Korea