Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong
주 홍콩 대한민국 총영사관
大韓民國駐香港總領事館
Far East Finance Centre, in which the Consulate General is located
LocationAdmiralty, Hong Kong
Address5-6F, Far East Finance Center 16, Harcourt Road
Coordinates22°16′48.7″N 114°09′50.4″E / 22.280194°N 114.164000°E / 22.280194; 114.164000
Consul GeneralKim Weon-jin
Websitehttp://hkg.mofa.go.kr/
Consulate General of South Korea in Hong Kong
Hangul
주 홍콩 대한민국 총영사관
Hanja
駐홍콩大韓民國總領事館
Revised RomanizationJu Hongkong Daehanminguk Chongyeongsagwan
McCune–ReischauerChu Hongk'ong Taehanmin'guk Ch'ongyŏngsakwan
Consulate General of South Korea in Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese大韓民國駐香港總領事館
Simplified Chinese大韩民国驻香港总领事馆

The Consulate General of South Korea in Hong Kong (Korean: 주 홍콩 대한민국 총영사관; Chinese: 大韓民國駐香港總領事館) is a consular mission of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to Hong Kong and Macau. It is located at 5-6F, Far East Finance Center 16, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong.[1] It is one of the first South Korean overseas missions since the country's foundation,[2][3] opened in British Hong Kong under approval of the United Kingdom in 1949, going through promotion and expansion in its history. Following the Transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong to China in 1997, the Consulate General was able to keep its presence according to a Sino-Korean agreement concerning foreign missions stationed in Hong Kong.

History

The foundation of the Korean consular mission in Hong Kong has a background of the country's external trade. With the trade between Korea and Hong Kong started in 1947 and the establishment of Anglo-Korean diplomatic relations in 1949, progress was gained on setting up a consulate.[4] On 8 February 1949, a letter from the British Government was sent to South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) with approval on the Consulate.[5] Cha Kyun-chan, then Director of the MOFA's Investigation Bureau (외무부조사국), was appointed as the first Consul to Hong Kong, and went to his post by plane on 9 April.[4] The Consulate was opened on 1 May,[6] making it one of South Korea's first five missions abroad since the establishment of ROK Government.[3]

On 29 November of the same year, the Consulate was promoted to the status of Consulate General,[6] with Lee Jung-bang, councillor of the Korean Embassy to the Republic of China (ROC) became the first Consul General under appointment of the Korean MOFA.[7] The Consulate General had its consular jurisdiction over both Hong Kong and Macau,[8] and was relocated to several locations during the British colonial era, including Room 833-835, Man Yee Building, 67-71 Queen's Road,[9] Room 2107-9, Realty Building. 71 Des Voeux Road[10] and Korea Center Building, 3/F, 119-121, Connaught Road.[11]

In 1980s, hotline between the Korean Consulate General and the Chinese Xinhua News Agency's Hong Kong Branch became an important communication channel between Seoul and Beijing following the hijacking of CAAC Flight 296 in 1983 and the desertion of Chinese Navy's Torpedo Boat 3213 to Korea in 1985.[12] Also in 1985, in response to its contact to China on the field of economics, South Korea expanded the Consulate General on the mission's organization, function[13] and the scale of diplomatic corps assigned to it,[12] helping Korean companies and nationals in Hong Kong to trade with China.[13] Korean diplomats with higher level was also assigned to Hong Kong as mission chiefs.[12] Later in 1997, South Korea made consultation with China concerning the existence of the Korean Consulate General in Hong Kong, which was about to be transferred to China by the UK. On 15 April, resolution on the maintenance of Consulate General was made by the State Council of South Korea,[14] and the two countries reached an agreement on 24 April,[8] allowing the Consulate General to keep its presence in Hong Kong, the new Special administrative regions of China.[8]

On 6 October 2009, the Korean Consulate General celebrated the 60th anniversary of its establishment, and a banquet was hosted to enhance the globalization of Korean cuisine.[15]: p17  On 30 June of the same year, vacant space inside the Consulate General's auditorium and Consular Section (민원실) was used to set up a new Cultural Center (문화관)[15]: p14  with exhibition sites and several kinds of IT equipment for cultural exchange.[2] It was in February 2014 that the Consulate General opened its Korea Reference Room (한국 자료실), which had a collection of 500 books in Korean, Chinese, English and 250 pieces of DVDs, containing resources like humanities, history, literature and publicity-related information issued by the Korean Government.[16]

Heads of mission

Heads of the South Korean mission to Hong Kong[6]
No. Names Names in Hangul/Hanja Tenure started Tenure ended Ref
Consuls
1 Cha Kyun-chan 차균찬(車均燦) 16 April 1949 11 May 1949
2 Kim Yong-shik 김용식(金溶植) 11 August 1949 27 November 1949
Consuls General
1 Lee Jung-bang 이정방(李鼎邦) 27 November 1949 20 December 1952
2 Park Chang-joon 박창준(朴昌俊) 20 December 1952 23 August 1956
3 Kang Choon-hee 강춘희(姜春熙) 23 August 1956 12 November 1960
4 Choi Moon-kyung 최문경(崔文卿) 8 March 1961 11 July 1962
5 Moon Duk-choo 문덕주(文德周) 11 July 1962 19 October 1964
6 Chin P'il-sik 진필식(陳弼植) 1 November 1964 3 November 1966
7 Chang Sang-moon 장상문(張相文) 4 November 1966 31 October 1967
8 Yun Kyong-do 윤경도(尹慶道) 5 November 1967 9 January 1972
9 Park Chang-nam 박창남(朴昌南) 10 January 1972 14 February 1974
10 Ryee Soo-woo 이수우(李秀佑) 15 February 1974 30 August 1977
11 Lee Chang-soo 이창수(李昌洙) 1 September 1977 20 December 1980
12 Kim Tae-ji 김태지(金太智) 31 March 1981 20 May 1984
13 Kim Chong-hun 김정훈(金正勳) 1 June 1984 18 October 1985
14 Kim Jae-chun 김재춘(金在春) 18 October 1985 29 October 1987
15 Kim E-myung 김이명(金以銘) 5 November 1987 30 June 1990
16 Chong Min-kil 정민길(鄭旼吉) 5 July 1990 30 April 1993
17 Nam Hong-u 남홍우(南洪祐) 5 May 1993 15 March 1996
18 Park Yang-chun 박양천(朴楊千) 20 March 1996 15 April 1998
19 Shin Doo-byong 신두병(申斗柄) 4 May 1998 31 December 2000
20 Kim Kwang-dong 김광동(金光東) 12 February 2001 19 January 2002
21 Kang Keun-taik 강근택(姜根鐸) 26 February 2002 6 September 2004
22 Cho Hwan-bok 조환복(趙煥復) 13 September 2004 2 March 2007
23 Seok Tong-youn 석동연(石東演) 21 March 2007 6 March 2010
24 Jun Ok-hyun 전옥현(全玉鉉) 8 March 2010 16 September 2012
25 Cho Yong-chun 조용천(趙鏞天) 19 September 2012 25 March 2015
26 Kim Kwang-dong 김광동(金光東) 18 April 2015 19 September 2017
27 Kim Weon-jin 김원진(金元辰) 10 January 2018

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b 徐莉吟, ed. (2009-08-14). 韓國文化館歡迎香港市民 (in Chinese). Ta Kung Pao. p. A22.
  3. ^ a b "Ties between Korea, H.K. robust". The Korea Herald. 2010-07-04. Archived from the original on 2016-06-28.
  4. ^ a b 香港總領事에 車均燦氏任命 (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 1949-04-08. p. 1.
  5. ^ 香港에領事舘設置 英國政府서同意書翰 (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 1949-02-10. p. 1.
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  7. ^ 香港의領事舘 總領事舘으로 (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 1949-11-19. p. 1.
  8. ^ a b c 关于我与大韩民国就韩国在香港特区保留总领事馆问题换文的备案函 (in Chinese), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, 1997-05-28, 外领五函[1997]第104号
  9. ^ Korea Annual 1966. Hapdong News Agency. 1966. p. 304.
  10. ^ Korea Annual 1970 (7th ed.). Hapdong News Agency. 1970. p. 433.
  11. ^ Korea Annual 1972 (9th ed.). Hapdong News Agency. 1972. p. 435.
  12. ^ a b c Chae-ho Chŏng (2007). Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States. Columbia University Press. p. 50. ISBN 9780231139069.
  13. ^ a b 漢城二十九日電 (1985-03-30). 加強與中共貿易 韓決大幅擴充駐香港領事館 (in Chinese). Economic Daily News. p. 6.
  14. ^ 尹正國 (1997-04-16). 홍콩반환뒤에도 총영사관 유지 (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. p. 4.
  15. ^ a b 주홍콩총영사관 부임자 안내서 (PDF) (in Korean). Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  16. ^ 이나연 (2014-02-26). 주홍콩총영사관, ‘한국 자료실’ 개설 (in Korean). Dongponews.net. Archived from the original on 2014-08-23. Retrieved 2016-06-30.

Coordinates: 22°16′49″N 114°09′50″E / 22.280194°N 114.164°E / 22.280194; 114.164 (Consulate General of South Korea in Hong Kong)