Mayor of Seoul

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Mayor of Seoul
Logo of Seoul, South Korea.svg
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Park Won-soon

since 27 October 2011
Residence Mayor's residence, Hyehwa-dong
Term length 4 years;
renewable twice
Inaugural holder Kim Hyongmin
Formation28 September 1946
Salary 102 million
Mayor of Seoul
Revised Romanization Seoul tukbyeol sljang
McCune–Reischauer Sŏul t'ŭukpyŏl sichang

The Mayor of Seoul (Korean : 서울특별시장; Hanja : 서울特別市長) is the chief executive for the metropolitan government of Seoul, the capital and largest city of South Korea. The position is historically one of the most powerful in the country, charged with managing an annual budget of 23 trillion won. [1] Many Seoul mayors have gone on to hold higher office. Yun Bo-seon and Lee Myung-bak both went on to become President of the Republic of Korea.


List of mayors

Military Mayor Major James S. Killough 1945.

The modern office of mayor succeeds the historic offices of Hansong-bu P'anyun (Lord Mayor of Seoul).

In the modern era, there have been 32 mayors of Seoul. [2]

Appointed mayors (before 1995)

MayorTook OfficeLeft OfficeParty
Kim Hyongmin September 28, 1946December 15, 1948
Yun Bo-seon December 15, 1948June 6, 1949
Lee Ki-poong June 6, 1949May 8, 1951
Kim Taeson June 27, 1951July 6, 1956
Goh Chaebong July 6, 1956December 14, 1957
Heo Jeong December 14, 1957June 12, 1959 Democratic
Yim Heung Soon June 12, 1959April 30, 1960 Liberal
Chang Kiyong May 2, 1960June 30, 1960 Liberal
Kim Sangdon* [3] December 30, 1960May 16, 1961 Democratic
Yoon Taeil May 21, 1961December 16, 1963 Military
Yun Chi-Young December 17, 1963March 30, 1966 Democratic Republican
Kim Hyonok March 31, 1966April 16, 1970 Democratic Republican
Yang Taekshik April 16, 1970September 2, 1974 Democratic Republican
Kuh Chachun September 2, 1974December 22, 1978 Democratic Republican
Chong Sangchon December 22, 1978September 2, 1980 Democratic Republican
Park Yongsu September 2, 1980April 28, 1982 Democratic Justice
Kim Sung-bae April 28, 1982October 15, 1983 Democratic Justice
Yom Po-hyun October 15, 1983December 30, 1987 Democratic Justice
Kim Yong-rae December 30, 1987December 5, 1988 Democratic Justice
Goh Kun December 5, 1988December 27, 1990 Democratic Justice
Park Seh-jik December 27, 1990February 18, 1991 Democratic Liberal
Lee Haewon February 19, 1991June 26, 1992 Democratic Liberal
Lee Sang-bae June 26, 1992February 26, 1993 Democratic Liberal
Kim Sang-chol February 26, 1993March 4, 1993 Democratic Liberal
Lee Won-jong March 8, 1993October 21, 1994 Democratic Liberal
Woo Myung-gyu October 22, 1994November 3, 1994 Democratic Liberal
Choi Pyong-yol
November 3, 1994June 30, 1995 Democratic Liberal

Direct elected mayors (1995–present)

Since 1995, under provisions of the revised Local Government Act, the Mayor of Seoul is elected by direct election.

Political parties
  Denotes acting mayor
Term of officeDurationPolitical partyTerm
Logo of Seoul, South Korea.svg Cho Soon  [ ko ]

(born 1928)
1 July 19959 September 19972 years, 71 days Democratic 1
Logo of Seoul, South Korea.svg Kang Deok-ki

(born 1936)
10 September 199730 June 1998294 days Independent
Goh Kun 2003-11-08.jpg Goh Kun

(born 1938)
1 July 199830 June 20024 years, 0 days National Congress
Millennium Democratic
Sebastian Pinera - Lee Myung-bak (cropped).jpg Lee Myung-bak

(born 1941)
1 July 200230 June 20064 years, 0 days Grand National 3
Oh Se-Hoon.jpg Oh Se-hoon

(born 1961)
1 July 200626 August 20115 years, 57 days Grand National 4
Logo of Seoul, South Korea.svg Kwon Young-kyu  [ ko ]

(born 1955)
27 August 201126 October 201161 days Independent
Park won-soon crop.png Park Won-soon

(born 1956)
27 October 2011Incumbent8 years, 108 days Independent
Democratic United
Democratic ('11)
Democratic ('14)



2018 Seoul mayoral election
Democratic 1 Park Won-soon 2,619,49752.79%
Liberty Korea 2 Kim Moon-soo 1,158,48723.34%
Bareunmirae 3 Ahn Cheol-soo 970,37419.55%
Green 8Sin Jie-ye82,8741.67%
Justice 5Kim Jong-min81,6641.64%
Minjung 6Kim Jin-sook22,1340.44%
Our Future9Woo In-cheol11,5990.23%
Korean Patriots' 7Ihn Ji-yeon11,2220.22%
Chinbak Yeondae 10Choi Tae-hyeon4,0210.08%
Voter turnout59.89%


2014 Seoul mayoral election
NPAD 2 Park Won-soon 2,752,17156.12%
Saenuri 1 Chung Mong-joon 2,109,86943.02%
Unified Progressive 3Chung Tae-heung23,6380.48%
New Politics5Hong Jung-shik17,6030.35%
Voter turnout58.63%

2011 (by-election)

2011 Seoul mayoral by-election
Independent 10 Park Won-soon 2,158,47653.41%
Grand National 1 Na Kyung-won 1,867,88046.21%
Independent 9Bae Il-do15,4080.38%
Voter turnout48.56%


2010 Seoul mayoral election
Grand National 1 Oh Se-hoon 2,086,12747.43%
Democratic 2 Han Myeong-sook 2,059,71546.83%
New Progressive 4 Roh Hoe-chan 143,4593.26%
Liberty Forward 3 Ji Sang-wook 90,0322.04%
Future Union5Seok Jong-hyun18,3390.41%
Voter turnout53.90%


2006 Seoul mayoral election
Grand National 2 Oh Se-hoon 2,409,76061.05%
Uri 1 Kang Kum-sil 1,077,89027.31%
Democratic 3 Park Joo-sun 304,5657.71%
Democratic Labor 4Kim Jong-chul117,4212.97%
People First 5Lim Woong-kyun14,1110.35%
Independent8Baek Seung-won13,8080.34%
Citizens6Lee Gwi-sun4,7900.12%
Hanmijun5Lee Tae-hee4,4810.11%
Voter turnout49.83%


2002 Seoul mayoral election
Grand National 1 Lee Myung-bak 1,819,05752.28%
Millennium Democratic 2Kim Min-seok1,496,75443.02%
Democratic Labor 4Lee Moon-ok87,9652.52%
Independent6Lee Kyung-hee34,3130.98%
Green Peace3Lim Sam-jin28,0340.80%
Socialist 5Won Yong-soo12,9820.37%
Voter turnout45.80%


1998 Seoul mayoral election
National Congress 2 Goh Kun 1,838,34853.46%
Grand National 1Choi Byung-ryul1,512,85443.99%
Independent3Lee Byung-ho87,4952.54%
Voter turnout47.13%


1995 Seoul mayoral election
Democratic 2Cho Soon2,051,44142.35%
Independent7Park Chan-jong1,623,35633.51%
Democratic Liberal 1 Chung Won-shik 1,001,44620.67%
Independent9Hwang San-sung97,7092.01%
People First3Park Hong-rae25,0540.51%
Independent6Kim Ok-sun17,7280.36%
Korea4Goh Soon-bok10,4880.21%
Independent5Kim Myung-ho9,9920.20%
Independent8Chung Ki-yong6,1560.12%
Voter turnout66.18%

See also


  1. "2013년도 서울시 예산안 발표(2012.11.1)".
  2. "Successive Mayors". Archived from the original on 2006-05-25. Retrieved 2006-05-21. With the exception of Kim Sangdon in 1960, the position was an appointed post until 1995, since when mayors are elected by popular vote. Some names have been adapted in accordance with Wikipedia conventions.
  3. Elected, under the Second Republic.

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