President of South Korea

head of state and of government of the Republic of Korea

The President of the Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국 대통령; Hanja: 大韓民國 大統領; RR: Daehan Minguk Daetongryeong) is the head of state, leader of the executive of the South Korean government and the commander-in-chief of the South Korean Armed Forces

President of the Republic of Korea
대한민국 대통령
Seal of the President of the Republic of Korea.svg
Seal of the President of the Republic of Korea
Flag of the President of South Korea.svg
The Presidential Standard
South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol portrait.jpg
Yoon Suk-yeol

since 10 May 2022
Executive branch of the government of the Republic of Korea
Office of the President
StyleMr. President (대통령님)
AbbreviationPOTROK, POSK
Member of
ResidencePresidential residence
NominatorPolitical parties
AppointerDirect popular vote
Term lengthFive years;
Not renewable
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the Republic of Korea
PrecursorPresident of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea
Inaugural holderSyngman Rhee
Formation24 July 1948
DeputyPrime Minister of South Korea
Salary240,648,000 annually (2021)[1]
Website(in English)
(in Korean)

The president is directly elected by the people to a five-year term, with no possibility of re-election.[2] While in office, the chief executive lives in Cheong Wa Dae (the "Blue House").

If the National Assembly votes against a presidential decision, it will be declared void immediately.

Powers and duties of the presidentEdit

The president is required to:

List of presidentsEdit

Yoon Suk-yeolMoon Jae-inPark Geun-hyeLee Myung-bakRoh Moo-hyunKim Dae-jungKim Young-samRoh Tae-wooChun Doo-hwanChoi Kyu-hahPark Chung-heeYun PosunSyngman Rhee

Living former presidentsEdit

As of January 2023, three former presidents are alive:

Image Name Term of office Age
  Lee Myung-bak 2008–2013 81 years, 39 days
  Park Geun-hye 2013–2017 70 years, 359 days
  Moon Jae-in 2017–2022 70 years, 15 days

The longest-lived President was Yun Bo-seon, who died on July 18, 1990 (at the age of 92 years, 326 days).

The most recent President to die was Chun Doo-hwan, who died on November 23, 2021.


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