Prime Minister of South Korea

Chief director of Executive ministries in South Korea under order of the President

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (국무총리 / 國務總理, Gungmuchongni) is appointed by the President of South Korea, with the National Assembly's approval. The officeholder is not required to be a member of the National Assembly. The Prime Minister is not the head of government but is similar to that of a vice president.

Prime Minister of the
Republic of Korea
대한민국 국무총리
The Prime Ministerial Emblem
The Prime Ministerial Standard
Han Duck-soo

since 21 May 2022
Executive branch of the Government of South Korea
Prime Minister’s Office
StyleMr Prime Minister (총리님) (informal)
StatusDeputy Head of Government
AbbreviationPMOTROK, PMOSK
Member ofState Council
National Security Council
ResidenceChongri Gonggwan
(Subject to the National Assembly's approval)
Term lengthAt the President's pleasure
Constituting instrumentSouth Korean constitution
PrecursorPrime Minister of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea
Inaugural holderLee Beom-seok
Formation31 July 1948; 75 years ago (1948-07-31)
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister
Salary191,000,000 annually[1]
Website(in English)
(in Korean)

The Sino-Korean word gungmu (국무/國務) means "state affairs" and chongni (총리/總理) means "prime minister", "premier" or "chancellor", so the full title in Korean means literally "Prime Minister for State Affairs", but it is not used as official English title. The short title in Korean is just Chongni.


  1. Herald, The Korea (16 January 2018). "President's annual salary set at W225m".

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