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President of the
Republic of Korea
대한민국 대통령
Seal of the President of the Republic of Korea.svg
Presidential Seal
Flag of the President of South Korea.svg
Presidential Standard
Moon Jae-in presidential portrait.jpg
Moon Jae-in

since 10 May 2017
StyleMr. President (대통령님)
His Excellency (대통령 각하)
Member ofState Council
National Security Council
National Unification Advisory Council
ResidenceBlue House
SeatSeoul, South Korea
AppointerDirect popular vote
Term lengthFive years
Single term
Constituting instrumentConstitution of South Korea
Inaugural holderSyngman Rhee
Salary192,553,000 ($172,000)
Website(in English)
(in Korean)

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

The president is directly elected by the people to a five-year term, with no possibility of re-election.[1] While in office, the chief executive lives in Cheong Wa Dae (the "Blue House").

Moon Jae-in, former human rights lawyer and chief of staff to then-President Roh Moo-hyun,[2] became President of South Korea on 10 May 2017.[3]

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

Powers and duties of the president

The president is required to:

List of presidents

Living former presidents

As of September 2021, four former presidents are alive:

Image Name Term of office Age
Chun Doo-hwan 1980–1988 &&&&&&&&&&&&&090.&&&&&090 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0233.&&&&&0233 days
Roh Tae-woo presidential portrait.jpg Roh Tae-woo 1988–1993 &&&&&&&&&&&&&088.&&&&&088 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0278.&&&&&0278 days
Lee Myung-bak presidential portrait.jpg Lee Myung-bak 2008–2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&079.&&&&&079 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0263.&&&&&0263 days
Park Geun-hye presidential portrait.png Park Geun-hye 2013–2017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&069.&&&&&069 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0218.&&&&&0218 days

The longest-lived President was Yun Bo-seon, who died on July 18, 1990 (at the age of &&&&&&&&&&&&&092.&&&&&092 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0326.&&&&&0326 days).

The most recent President to die was Kim Young-sam, who died on November 22, 2015 (at the age of &&&&&&&&&&&&&087.&&&&&087 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0337.&&&&&0337 days).


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