Park Won-soon

Korean lawyer, Mayor of Seoul (1956-2020)

Park Won-soon (Korean: 박원순; March 26, 1956 – July 9, 2020) was a South Korean politician and lawyer. In 2011, he was elected as the Mayor of Seoul.[1] He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006. He was born in Changnyeong, South Korea. Park was a member of the Democratic Party.

Park Won-soon

As a lawyer, he won several major cases, including South Korea’s first sexual harassment conviction.[2] He also campaigned for the rights of comfort women.[2]

On June 13, 2018, Park was elected to his third and last term as Mayor of Seoul. He was the first mayor in the city's history to be elected to a third term.[3]

On July 9, 2020, Park's daughter reported him as missing to Seoul police authorities.[4] He was found dead a few hours later, aged 64.[5][6] His death was ruled as a suicide.[7]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Police Search for Seoul Mayor After His Daughter Reports Him Missing". The New York Times. July 9, 2020.
  3. Wallace, Danielle (July 9, 2020). "Missing Seoul mayor's body found after massive search". Fox News. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  4. Kim, Jun-yeop (July 9, 2020). [속보] "박원순 서울시장 유언 남기고 나가" 딸이 경찰에 신고. Kookmin Ilbo (in Korean). Kookmin Ilbo Company. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  5. "박원순 서울시장 북악산 숙정문 인근서 숨진 채 발견". 연합뉴스. July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
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  7. "Mayor killed himself: police". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2020-07-10.