Kim Dae-jung

President of South Korea from 1998 to 2003

Kim Dae-jung[3] (January 6, 1924 – August 18, 2009) was a South Korean president. In 2000, he got the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the first person from Korea to get a Nobel prize.[4] A Roman Catholic since 1957, he has been called the "Nelson Mandela" of Asia [5] Kim Dae Jung was the President (succeeding Kim Young-sam) from 1998 to 2003. He was born in Haui-do, South Jeolla Province, an island off the South Korean Coast in 1924.[6]

Kim Dae-jung 김대중 金大中
Official portrait, 1998
8th President of South Korea
In office
February 25, 1998 – February 25, 2003
Preceded byKim Young-sam
Succeeded byRoh Moo-hyun
Personal details
Born(1924-01-06)6 January 1924[1]
Haui-do, Sinan, Jeollanam-do, Japanese Korea
(now Haui Island, South Korea)
Died18 August 2009(2009-08-18) (aged 85)[2]
Seoul, South Korea

Kim died on August 18, 2009 at a hospital in Seoul from cardiac arrest caused by multiple organ failure and pneumonia, aged 85.[7]



  1. Obituary: Kim Dae-jung." BBC News. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  2. "Kim Dae-jung". The Economist. 27 August 2009.
  3. Kim Dae Jung Korean: 김대중; Hanja 金大中
  4. Kim Dae-Jung Archived 2007-06-08 at the Wayback Machine (Short Asian Week biography)
  5. Kim Dae-Jung Archived 2006-09-22 at the Wayback Machine (Short CNN biography)
  6. "DJ 생일은 1924년 1월 6일". The Dong-a Ilbo. 19 August 2009. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015.
  7. Barbara Demick (19 August 2009). "Kim Dae-jung dies at 85; former South Korean president and Nobel laureate". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2012.

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