First Lady of the Republic of Korea
대한민국 대통령 영부인
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Incumbent
Kim Keon-hee

since 10 May 2022
AbbreviationFLOTROK, FLOSK
ResidencePresidential residence
Inaugural holderFranziska Donner
Formation24 July 1948
(72 years ago)
Unofficial namesFirst Lady of South Korea
Website(in English) eng.president.go.kr
(in Korean) president.go.kr

The first lady of the Republic of Korea (Korean대한민국 대통령 영부인; Hanja大韓民國 大統領 令夫人, informally referred to as FLOTROK or FLOSK), commonly known as the first lady of South Korea, is the titled held by the hostess of the presidential residence, usually the wife of the president of South Korea.

During the administration of President Park Chung-hee, his daughter, Park Geun-hye, assumed the duties of First Lady after her mother, Yuk Young-soo, was shot dead.[1] Park Geun-hye later became President herself (the first, and to date only, female president of South Korea), but was never married while in office, so there has yet to be a first gentleman of Korea.

The current first lady is Kim Keon-hee, wife of President Yoon Suk-yeol, in office since 10 May 2022.

List of first ladies of the Republic of Korea

The following is a list of the first ladies of South Korea.

I# A# Picture Name Tenure Age at the start of tenure President
(Husband, unless noted)
1 1
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Franziska Donner
(프란체스카 도너)
Birth country: Austria
June 15, 1900 – March 19, 1992
(aged 91)
August 15, 1948

April 26, 1960
48 years, 61 days Rhee Syng-man
m. October 8, 1934
2
3
2 4
Kong Deok Kui 1928
Gong Deok-gwi
(공덕귀 / 孔德貴)
April 21, 1911 – November 24, 1997
(aged 86)
August 13, 1960

March 23, 1962
49 years, 114 days Yun Bo-seon
m. January 6, 1949
3 5
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Yuk Young-soo
(육영수 / 陸英修)
November 29, 1925 – August 15, 1974
(aged 48)
December 17, 1963

August 15, 1974
38 years, 18 days Park Chung-hee
m. December 12, 1950
6
7
8
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Park Geun-hye[note 1]
(박근혜 / 朴槿惠)
Born (1952-02-02) February 2, 1952 (age 70)
August 16, 1974

October 26, 1979
23 years, 195 days Park Chung-hee
(daughter)
9
4 10
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Hong Gi
(홍기 / 洪基)
March 3, 1916 – July 20, 2004
(aged 88)
December 6, 1979

August 15, 1980
63 years, 278 days Choi Kyu-hah
m. 1935
5 11
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Lee Soon-ja
(이순자 / 李順子)
Born (1939-03-24) March 24, 1939 (age 83)
September 1, 1980

February 24, 1988
41 years, 161 days Chun Doo-hwan
m. 1958
12
6 13
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Kim Ok-suk
(김옥숙 / 金玉淑)
Born (1935-09-08) September 8, 1935 (age 86)
February 25, 1988

February 24, 1993
52 years, 198 days Roh Tae-woo
m. 1959
7 14
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Son Myeong-sun
(손명순 / 孫命順)
Born (1929-01-16) January 16, 1929 (age 93)
February 25, 1993

February 24, 1998
64 years, 40 days Kim Young-sam
m. 1951
8 15
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Lee Hee-ho
(이희호 / 李姬鎬)
September 21, 1922 – June 10, 2019
(aged 96)
February 25, 1998

February 24, 2003
75 years, 157 days Kim Dae-jung
m. 1962
9 16
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Kwon Yang-sook
(권양숙 / 權良淑)
Born (1947-12-23) December 23, 1947 (age 74)
February 25, 2003

February 24, 2008
55 years, 64 days Roh Moo-hyun
m. 1973
10 17
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Kim Yoon-ok
(김윤옥 / 金潤玉)
Born (1947-03-26) March 26, 1947 (age 75)
February 25, 2008

February 24, 2013
60 years, 336 days Lee Myung-bak
m. December 19, 1970
Vacant[note 2] February 25, 2013

March 10, 2017
Park Geun-hye
11 18
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Kim Jung-sook
(김정숙 / 金正淑)
Born (1954-11-15) November 15, 1954 (age 67)
May 10, 2017

May 9, 2022
62 years, 176 days Moon Jae-in
m. 1981
12 19
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Kim Keon-hee
(김건희)
Born (1972-09-02) September 2, 1972 (age 49)
May 10, 2022

Incumbent
49 years, 250 days Yoon Suk-yeol
m. 2012

Notes

  1. ^ Park Geun-hye is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, and took over as First Lady following the murder of her mother, Yuk Young-soo.[2]
  2. ^ The President at the time, Park Geun-hye, was single, having never married.[3]

Living former first ladies

As of August 2022, there are seven former first ladies and one incumbent first lady. The most recent death of a former first lady that was of Lee Hee-ho (served 1998–2003), wife of Kim Dae-jung on 10 June 2019.

See also

References

  1. ^ Carter J. Eckert, Ki-baik Lee, Young Ick Lew, Michael Robinson, and Edward W. Wagner, Korea Old and New: A History (Seoul: Ilchokak / Korea Institute, Harvard University, 1990), 377.
  2. ^ "Profile: South Korean President Park Geun-hye". BBC News. Retrieved 3 January 2018. When her mother was murdered by a North Korean gunman in 1974, Ms Park served as first lady at the age of 22.
  3. ^ Phelan, Jessica (31 January 2014). "All The Single Leaders: The world's most eligible heads of state". Public Radio International. Retrieved 3 January 2018. Park said she hasn't taken a husband because she’s already married to her country...