Park Jie-won

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This article is about Park Jie-won (born 1942). For Park Ji-won (born 1737), see Park Ji-won.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Park Jie-won
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
30 May 2008
Preceded by Lee Sang-yeol
Constituency Mokpo
In office
30 May 1992 – 29 May 1996
Constituency Proportional Representation
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
In office
23 May 1999 – 19 September 2000
Preceded by Shin Nak-gyun
Succeeded by Kim Han-gil
Personal details
Born (1942-06-05) 5 June 1942 (age 73)
Jindo, South Jeolla, Japanese Korea
(now Jindo, South Korea)
Political party Democratic United Party
Alma mater Dankook University
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official website
Park Jie-won
Hangul 박지원
Revised Romanization Bak Ji-won
McCune–Reischauer Pak chi-wŏn

Park Jie-won(Hangul박지원; hanja朴智源; born 5 June 1942) is a South Korean politician.[1] He was the chief of staff to President Kim Dae-jung,[2] and served as the Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism during his administration. In 9 April 2008, he was elected as a member of 18th National Assembly of South Korea for Mokpo as an independent. After being elected, he returned to the Democratic party. In May 2012, he became the floor leader for the Democratic United Party.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Park Jie-won attended Moontae High School in Mokpo and graduated in 1960. Park studied business in Dankook University and graduated in 1969. Park joined Lucky Goldstar (now LG) in 1970.[3]

Life in the United States[edit]

Park Jie-won immigrated to the United States in 1972.[4] Park became popular among the expat Korean community. Park was elected to become the 16th President of the Korean American Association of Greater New York.[5] Park subsequently became the 4th President of the Federation of Korean Associations, USA.[6]


Park Jie-won arranged the first Inter-Korean Summit between Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il in 2000. During the Roh Moo-hyun administration, prosecutors revealed that hundred of millions of dollars were secretly sent to North Korea before the summit and Park was charged with embezzling $13 million as a commission from the transferred money.[7] In May 2006, he was found guilty of the charge and was sentenced for three years. Park was released in February 2007, and pardoned in December 2007,[8] which enabled him to run for a legislative election in April 2008.

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  1. ^ a b Park Dae-ro (박대로) (14 May 2012). '돌아온' 민주당 원내대표 박지원, 권한만큼 책임도 커졌다 [Park Jie-won returned as the floor leader of DUP with more responsibilities.]. NewsIs (in Korean). Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "World Briefing Asia: South Korea, Summit Meeting Charges". New York Times. 26 June 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Kim Dahng (김당) (4 April 2004). '피고인' 박지원의 의안(義眼)과 눈물 [Defendant Park Jie-won's Artificial Eye and Tears]. OhMyNews (in Korean). Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Kim Dahng (김당) (4 April 2004). '피고인' 박지원의 의안(義眼)과 눈물 [Defendant Park Jie-won's Artificial Eye and Tear]. OhMyNews (in Korean). Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "List of Former Presidents". Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "List of Former Presidents". Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Don Kirk (20 June 2002). "Aide to Kim Dae Jung is accused of bribery and abuse of power : Key figure in Korean summit is arrested". New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Chang Min-soo (장민수) (30 December 2007). 노 대통령, 내일 60여 명 사면 단행 [President Roh pardoned 60 people]. YTN (in Korean). Retrieved 7 June 2012.