100 Notable alumni of
Korea University

Korea University is 111th in the world, 21st in Asia, and 1st in South Korea by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Korea University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates along with research and academic staff.

  1. Ok Taec-yeon

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    Ok Taec-yeon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    television actorsingerfilm actoractormodel
    Biography

    Ok Taec-yeon, known mononymously as Taecyeon, is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. He is the main rapper of the South Korean boy group 2PM.

  2. Kim Yuna

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    Kim Yuna
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    figure skaterwriter
    Biography

    Yuna Kim, also credited in eastern name order as Kim Yuna or Kim Yeon-ah, is a retired South Korean competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic champion and 2014 silver medalist in ladies' singles; the 2009 & 2013 World champion; the 2009 Four Continents champion; a three-time (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion; the 2006 World Junior champion; the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final champion; and a six-time (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014) South Korean national champion.

  3. Lee Myung-bak

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    Lee Myung-bak
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Lee Myung-bak is a former South Korean politician, and businessman who served as President of South Korea from 2008 to 2013. Before his election as president, he was the CEO of Hyundai Engineering and Construction, as well as the mayor of Seoul from 1 July 2002, to 30 June 2006. He is married to Kim Yoon-ok and has three daughters and one son. His older brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is a South Korean politician. He attends the Somang Presbyterian Church. Lee is a graduate of Korea University and received an honorary degree from Paris Diderot University on 13 May 2011.

  4. Kim A-jung

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    Kim A-jung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actorsingermodel
    Biography

    Kim Ah-joong is a South Korean actress, model and singer. She is best known for playing the main character in the romantic comedy 200 Pounds Beauty.

  5. Eugene

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    Eugene
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    actorsingerfilm actormaster of ceremoniespianist
    Biography

    Kim Yoo-jin, known professionally as Eugene, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as a former member of the girl group S.E.S., which went on to become one of South Korea's best-selling artists. Following the group's disbandment in 2002, she subsequently left SM Entertainment and released two solo studio albums.

  6. Jung Ryeo-won

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    Jung Ryeo-won
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    actorsingerfilm actormodel
    Biography

    Jung Ryeo-won is a South Korean-born Australian actress. She began her entertainment career as a singer in the now-defunct girl group Chakra, and first rose to fame in the hit television series My Name Is Kim Sam-soon. She is also known for her roles in Two Faces of My Girlfriend, Castaway on the Moon, and History of a Salaryman.

  7. Lee Sang-woo

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    Lee Sang-woo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    film actoractormodeltelevision actor
    Biography

    Lee Sang-woo is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in the 2007 television drama First Wives' Club, and has since played leading roles on The Road Home (2009), Don't Hesitate (2009), Life Is Beautiful (2010) and Feast of the Gods (2012).

  8. Jeon Do-yeon

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    Jeon Do-yeon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actorstage actor
    Biography

    Jeon Do-yeon is a South Korean actress. She won Best Actress at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, making her the first Korean actress to win an acting award at a prestigious film festival, and Best Performance by an Actress at the 1st Asia Pacific Screen Awards for her performance in Lee Chang-dong's 2007 film Secret Sunshine. Although she is not as broadly popular with the audiences as some other stars in South Korea due to her film choices, Jeon is widely respected and celebrated for her acting abilities, and many young actresses have cited her as a role model.

  9. Lee Beom-soo

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    Lee Beom-soo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Lee Beom-soo is a South Korean actor. He is well known for his role in Singles, Giant, On Air, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee, as well as in History of a Salaryman.

  10. Cha Bum-kun

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    Cha Bum-kun
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    association football playerassociation football manager
    Biography

    Cha Bum-kun is a South Korean football manager and former player, nicknamed Tscha Bum or "Cha Boom" in Germany because of his name and his thunderous ball striking ability. Cha was known for his thick thighs, which showed explosive pace and powerful shots. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Asian football players of all time by experts, including IFFHS and ESPN.

  11. Sam Hammington

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    Sam Hammington
    Born in
    New Zealand Flag New Zealand
    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    comediantelevision actor
    Biography

    Samuel Mayer Hammington is a New Zealander Australian comedian who is primarily active in South Korea. Hammington hosted radio show Drivetime with Annabelle Ambrose from 2008 to 2012. He was a cast member of popular reality-military show Real Men. He is currently a fixed member on the popular KBS reality-variety show The Return of Superman with his two sons, William and Bentley.

  12. Hee-Jung Ahn

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    Hee-Jung Ahn
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ahn Hee-jung, also known as An Hee-jung, is a former South Korean politician. He served as the 36th and 37th Governor of South Chungcheong Province. He stepped down from his role as governor and announced his retirement from public life after acknowledging accusations that he sexually assaulted his aide Kim Ji-eun on multiple occasions. In February 2019, he was sentenced to a three and a half year prison term for sexual assault.

  13. Park Hye-soo

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    Park Hye-soo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1994-.. (age 27)
    Occupations
    actorsingerfilm actor
    Biography

    Park Hye-su, also spelled as Park Hye-soo, is a South Korean actress and singer. She participated in K-pop Star 4 as a contestant. Park rose to fame for her role in Hello, My Twenties!. She took on her first lead role in Introverted Boss.

  14. Lee Mi-sook

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    Lee Mi-sook
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Lee Mi-sook is a South Korean actress. One of the best-known actresses of 1980s Korean cinema, Lee's most famous films from this era include Bae Chang-ho's Whale Hunting and The Winter That Year Was Warm, Lee Doo-yong's Mulberry and Eunuch, and Kwak Ji-kyoon's Wanderer in Winter. She retired from film after getting married in 1987, though she still appeared on television in dramas such as How's Your Husband? (1993). Then a decade later, Lee made her comeback with an award-winning leading role in E J-yong's feature debut An Affair (1998). She has since remained active in film and television, notably in the May–December romance Solitude (2002), the Dangerous Liaisons adaptation Untold Scandal (2003), the mockumentary Actresses (2009), and the family dramas Smile, Mom (2010)

  15. Park Chu-young

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    Park Chu-young
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Park Chu-young is a South Korean footballer who plays as a forward for FC Seoul.

  16. Sung Si-kyung

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    Sung Si-kyung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1979-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    singertelevision presentertelevision actorrecording artist
    Biography

    Sung Si-kyung is a South Korean singer and television host. He debuted in 2001 and has released seven studio albums in Korean and two studio albums in Japanese. He has also hosted and appeared on numerous South Korean variety television shows including 2 Days & 1 Night, Witch Hunt, Non-Summit, Duet Song Festival, Vocal War: God's Voice, Battle Trip, The Voice Of Korea 2020, On & Off.

  17. Hong Myung-bo

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    Hong Myung-bo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Hong Myung-bo is a South Korean former footballer who played as a sweeper, and the current head coach of Ulsan Hyundai. Hong is often considered one of the greatest Asian footballers of all time. Hong was a member of the South Korean national team in four FIFA World Cups, and was the first Asian player to play in four consecutive World Cup final tournaments. He was the first Asian player who received the Bronze Ball at the World Cup. He was also one of only two Asian players in the FIFA 100, Pelé's selection about the 125 greatest living footballers in the world.

  18. Bae Jong-ok

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    Bae Jong-ok
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Bae Jong-ok is a South Korean actress. She debuted as a TV actress after she was recruited by KBS, and has since been active in both film and television.

  19. Kim Su-mi

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    Kim Su-mi
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    film actoractor
    Biography

    Kim Soo-mi is a South Korean actress. She has had a prolific career in film and television. Kim debuted in a talent contest in 1970, then shot to fame in Country Diaries. The landmark TV series aired for almost 20 years, making Kim one of the most popular Korean actresses of the 1980s.

  20. Roh Hoe-chan

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    Roh Hoe-chan
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1956-2018 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalisttrade unionistwelder
    Biography

    Roh Hoe-chan was a South Korean politician. He was a member of the 17th, 19th, and 20th National Assemblies. A progressive, and a prominent socialist politician, Roh was involved with multiple progressive-leaning parties, lately with the Justice Party from 2012 until his death in 2018.

  21. Park Jung-min

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    Park Jung-min
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Park Jeong-min is a South Korean actor. He is best known for starring in the films Bleak Night (2011), Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2015), Keys to the Heart (2018), and Deliver Us from Evil (2020). He is also the writer of best-selling book A Useful Person.

  22. Lee Sang-hwa

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    Lee Sang-hwa
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1989-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    speed skater
    Biography

    Lee Sang-hwa is a South Korean retired speed skater who specialises in the sprint distances. She is a two-time Olympic champion in 500 metres (2010 and 2014) and the 2010 World Sprint champion. She is the current world record holder in women's 500 metres with the time of 36.36 seconds set in Salt Lake City on 16 November 2013, and also holds the South Korean record on 1000 metres. She has also won three World Championships medals in 500 metres, and has placed in the top three in World Cup events four times in this distance. Her first World Cup victory, however, came on the non-Olympic distance 100 metres. On the 1000 metres, however, she has never placed higher than fifth in international events (2010 World Sprint Championships, first 1000 metres).

  23. Sun Dong-yol

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    Sun Dong-yol
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Sun Dong-yol is a South Korean retired baseball pitcher and former manager. He was a pitcher in the KBO League and Nippon Professional Baseball, and the former manager of the Samsung Lions and the Kia Tigers in the KBO.

  24. Hong Joon-pyo

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    Hong Joon-pyo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Hong Joon-pyo, also spelled as Hong Jun-pyo, is a South Korean politician and prosecutor who was the governor of South Gyeongsang Province. He was the presidential nominee of the Liberty Korea Party, known prior to the collapse of the Park Geun-hye administration as the Saenuri Party, in the 2017 South Korean presidential election. Often compared to former U.S. President Donald Trump, he has been nicknamed "Hong Trump" due to his aggressive campaigning style. He served as the Chairperson of the Liberty Korea Party from July 2017 to June 2018.

  25. Chung Sye-kyun

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    Chung Sye-kyun
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Chung Sye-kyun is a South Korean politician, former Speaker of the National Assembly, and the former Prime Minister of South Korea.

  26. Jang Mi-Ran

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    Jang Mi-Ran
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    weightlifter
    Biography

    Jang Mi-ran is a South Korean Olympic weightlifter. She is currently based in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, competing for the Goyang City Government Sports Club.

  27. Kim Tu-bong

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    Kim Tu-bong
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1886-1958 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    linguistpoliticianwriter
    Biography

    Kim Tu-bong was the first Chairman of the Workers' Party of North Korea from 1946 to 1949. He was known in Korean history as a linguist, scholar and politician. His most famous work was under Ju Sigyeong; later, after participating in the March 1st Movement, he with other Korean leaders of the time established a provisional government-in-exile in China, and because of his communist beliefs he played an important role in the early North Korean communist government.

  28. Cha Du-ri

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    Cha Du-ri
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Cha Du-ri is a retired South Korean professional footballer. He played as a right back, right winger, or striker. He is the first Korean player who was born outside of Korea to have played in a FIFA World Cup. Cha's father, Cha Bum-Kun played in the 1986 World Cup. Cha Du-Ri has also played for one of his father's old clubs, Eintracht Frankfurt. During the third-place match of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup against Uzbekistan, Cha captained the national team in place of the regular Korean captain, Park Ji-Sung.

  29. Sohn Kee-chung

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    Sohn Kee-chung
    Born in
    North Korea Flag North Korea
    Years
    1914-2002 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    marathon runnerlong-distance runnerathletics competitor
    Biography

    Sohn Kee-chung, a Korean, was an Olympic athlete and long-distance runner. He became the first Korean to win a medal at the Olympic Games, winning gold in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a member of the Japanese delegation.

  30. Oh Se-hoon

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    Oh Se-hoon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerjudge
    Biography

    Oh Se-hoon is a South Korean politician who is serving as the mayor of Seoul after he was elected on April 8, 2021. He previously served as Seoul Mayor from 2006 to 2011.

  31. Ha Tae-keung

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    Ha Tae-keung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ha Tae-keung is South Korean activist and politician serving as a member of National Assembly in Haeundae 1st constituency. He served as one of Vice Presidents in Bareun Party, then Bareunmirae Party. He is now one of the co-Presidents of the New Conservative Party.

  32. Lee Chun-soo

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    Lee Chun-soo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Lee Chun-soo is a retired South Korean football player. He played as a forward for South Korea at 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.

  33. Chun In-gee

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    Chun In-gee
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1994-.. (age 27)
    Occupations
    golfer
    Biography

    Chun In-gee, also known as In Gee Chun, is a South Korean professional golfer. She was born in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province.

  34. Choi Song-hyun

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    Choi Song-hyun
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Choi Song-hyun is a South Korean actress. Choi began her television career as a KBS announcer in 2006, then she resigned from the network in 2008 to focus on acting. She has since starred in films and television dramas such as Insadong Scandal (2009), Mrs. Town (2009), Prosecutor Princess (2010), and I Need Romance (2011).

  35. Do-ol

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    Do-ol
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    professorphilosopherscreenwriterjournalist
    Biography

    Doh-ol is the pen name of the contemporary South Korean philosopher Young-Oak Kim.

  36. Lee In-hye

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    Lee In-hye
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Lee In-hye is a South Korean actress.

  37. Won Yoo-chul

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    Won Yoo-chul
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Won Yoo-chul is a South Korean politician. He has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Korea University. He is currently a member of the 19th National Assembly and the floor leader of Saenuri Party. On April 14, 2016, he was appointed interim leader of the party after its defeat in the 2016 general elections.

  38. Lee Jae-sung

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    Lee Jae-sung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1992-.. (age 29)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Lee Jae-sung is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for 2. Bundesliga club Holstein Kiel and the South Korea national team.

  39. Choi Hee-seop

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    Choi Hee-seop
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1979-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Hee-seop Choi is a South Korean former professional baseball first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, and Los Angeles Dodgers and in the KBO League for the Kia Tigers.

  40. Lee Hoon

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    Lee Hoon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    film actoractortelevision actor
    Biography

    Lee Hoon is a South Korean actor.

  41. Kim Tae-ho

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    Kim Tae-ho
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    television director
    Biography

    Kim Tae-ho is a South Korean television director.

  42. Lee Sang-hoon

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    Lee Sang-hoon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Lee Sang-hoon, nicknamed "Samson" for his long hair, is a retired professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the KBO League.

  43. Lee Jae-oh

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    Lee Jae-oh
    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    trade unionistpolitician
    Biography

    Lee Jae-oh is a conservative South Korean politician of the New Party 2018. He was member of the National Assembly for Eunpyeong-gu in Seoul, and served as Minister for Government Legislation and Special Affairs in Lee Myung-bak's administration. He is regarded as a close associate of Lee Myung-bak, and ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Saenuri nomination in the 2012 presidential election.

  44. Jain Kim

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    Jain Kim
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    rock climber
    Biography

    Kim Ja-in, more widely known in the West as Jain Kim, is a professional climber. She is mainly active in lead climbing and bouldering competitions. She has won the Lead Climbing World Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2014), the Lead Climbing World Championship once (2014), and the Rock Master once (2010, Lead discipline). Moreover, she has won the Asian Championships 14 times in 15 years, namely 11 times in lead climbing and 3 times in bouldering (see below for details).

  45. Dennis Hong

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    Dennis Hong
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    mechanical engineer
    Biography

    Dennis Hong is a Korean American mechanical engineer and roboticist.

  46. Lee Hu-rak

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    Lee Hu-rak
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1924-2009 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Lee Hu-rak was a South Korean politician, diplomat and the Director of the Korea Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) of South Korea from 1970 to 1973. In 1972, during his time as Director of the KCIA, he traveled to Pyongyang on a secret diplomatic mission and met Kim Il-Sung. He was also elected to the National Assembly in 1979 but was prohibited from political activity in 1980 following corruption charges. Although the restriction was lifted in 1985, he stayed out of any further participation in politics up until his death in 2009.

  47. Heo Jeong

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    Heo Jeong
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1896-1988 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    journalistpolitician
    Biography

    Heo Jeong was a South Korean politician and Korean independence activist, who served as the sixth Prime Minister of South Korea during the country's Second Republic.

  48. Lee Se-eun

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    Lee Se-eun
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Lee Se-eun is a South Korean actress. Lee made her acting debut in 1999, then began gaining popularity after starring in the horror film Bunshinsaba (2004). She appears in both television and film, notably Coma (2005), Love Needs a Miracle (2005), Fly High (2007), and The King of Legend (2010).

  49. Park Yong-taik

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    Park Yong-taik
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1979-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Park Yong-taik is a South Korean outfielder who has played his entire career for the LG Twins in the Korea Baseball Organization. With 2,504 career hits, he is the all-time career hit leader in the KBO. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

  50. Lee In-young

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    Lee In-young
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lee In-young is a South Korean activist and politician who is the incumbent Minister of Unification since 2020. Prior to this, he was the parliamentary leader of the Democratic Party from 2019 to 2020. He has been the Member of the National Assembly for Guro 1st constituency from 2004 to 2008 and since 2012. Before entering to politics, he was the 1st President of the Association of National University Student Representatives, an anti-establishment student organisation.

  51. Bang Jeong-hwan

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    Bang Jeong-hwan
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1899-1931 (aged 32)
    Occupations
    writerchildren's writer
    Biography

    Bang Jeong-Hwan,, was a pioneer of Korean juvenile literature and a children's rights activist, who led the establishment of Children's Day in Korea.

  52. Park No-ja

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    Park No-ja
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    professorjournalisthistorianpolitician
    Biography

    Pak Noja is a Russian-born South Korean academic of Korean studies, and columnist.

  53. Han Suk-joon

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    Han Suk-joon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    announcer
    Biography

    Han Suk-joon is a South Korean television personality and former announcer. He also appeared in Code - Secret Room in 2016.

  54. Seo Jung-won

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    Seo Jung-won
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    association football playerassociation football manager
    Biography

    Seo Jung-won is a South Korean former football player and current coach. A winger who had explosive pace, he was nicknamed the "Nalssaendori", meaning an agile man in South Korea.

  55. Lee Byeong-do

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    Lee Byeong-do
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1896-1989 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    historian
    Biography

    Yi Pyong-do was one of the influential Korean historians but he was also associated with the Japanese view of Korean history.

  56. Yi Cheol-seung

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    Yi Cheol-seung
    Years
    1922-2016 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    journalistpolitician
    Biography

    Lee Chul-seung was a South Korean 7-term National Assemblyman (lawmaker, conservative) and a founding father of the Republic of Korea after the Korean War (1950–1953). A political heavyweight, Lee was an independence and democracy fighter and leader; anti-communism; anti-military rule; anti-Japanese rule; an advocate of bipartisanship particularly when it came to national security; and an advocate of non-governmental organizations. After Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, Lee "led a student union that opposed a trusteeship, under which Korea would be governed by foreign powers after World War II, and entered politics in 1954 after winning a parliamentary seat." Lee and his two political rivals former President Kim Young-sam and former President Kim Dae-jung were famous for their political competition and the establishment and development of democracy in South Korea. He was given an honorable burial for his life contributions at the Seoul National Cemetery on March 2, 2016 where former South Korean presidents are also buried.

  57. Choi Sung-kuk

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    Choi Sung-kuk
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Choi Sung-Kuk is a former South Korean footballer who played the forward position. He was banned by FIFA from all sports because of his involvement in match fixing.

  58. Kim Sei-young

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    Kim Sei-young
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1993-.. (age 28)
    Occupations
    golfer
    Biography

    Kim Sei-young, also known as Sei Young Kim, is a South Korean professional golfer.

  59. Hwang Young-cho

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    Hwang Young-cho
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    long-distance runnerathletics competitor
    Biography

    Hwang Young-cho is a former South Korean athlete, winner of the marathon race at the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1994 Asian Games.

  60. Shin Sung-mo

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    Shin Sung-mo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1891-1960 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Shin Sung-mo was an acting prime minister in 1950 following the first prime minister of South Korea, Lee Beom-seok. He served as a Defence Minister during the Korean War.

  61. Chung Mong-gyu

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    Chung Mong-gyu
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Chung Mong-gyu, born in Seoul in 1961, is one of South Korea's business leaders and the chairman of HDC Group. He has been serving as the 53rd President of Korea Football Association, a title held for 2 consecutive terms since 2013. In May 2017, he won a seat on FIFA Council. Chairman Chung received his bachelor's degree in business administration at Korea University in 1985, and completed his master's degree in politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford in 1988.

  62. Choi Sung-yong

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    Choi Sung-yong
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Choi Sung-Yong is a former South Korean football wingback and midfielder.

  63. Seomoon Tak

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    Seomoon Tak
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Lee Su-jin, best known by her stage name Seomoon Tak, is a South Korean rock singer. She had her debut at a music festival in 1994. In 2002, she participated in the Red Devils Cheer, a Korean football team support album for the 2002 Korea–Japan World Cup.

  64. Huh Chang-soo

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    Huh Chang-soo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    business executivebusinessperson
    Biography

    Huh Chang-soo is the chairman of GS Group. Huh has a degree in business administration from Korea University and attended an MBA course at Saint Louis University in the United States.

  65. Lee Ki-taek

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    Lee Ki-taek
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1937-2016 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lee Ki-taek was a South Korean politician and parliamentarian.

  66. Ma Hae-young

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    Ma Hae-young
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    academicbaseball player
    Biography

    Ma Hae-young is a retired South Korean professional baseball infielder who played for 14 seasons in the KBO League.

  67. Jin Joo

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    Jin Joo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1980-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Jinju, better known as Pearl, is a South Korean singer.

  68. Yang Sang-moon

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    Yang Sang-moon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Yang Sang-moon is a retired South Korean professional baseball pitcher who played for the Lotte Giants and Pacific Dolphins.

  69. Kim Jung-woo

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    Kim Jung-woo
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Kim Jung-woo, is a South Korean football player.

  70. Kim Hoon

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    Kim Hoon
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    writerjournalist
    Biography

    Kim Hoon is a South Korean novelist, journalist and critic.

  71. Lee Kyou-hyuk

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    Lee Kyou-hyuk
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    speed skater
    Biography

    Lee Kyou-hyuk is a South Korean retired long track speed skater who specializes in the 500 and 1,000 meters. He was the 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 World Sprint Speed Skating Champion and the 2011 World Champion for 500 m. He is one of four men to have won the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships four times.

  72. Young-Choon Kim

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    Young-Choon Kim
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kim Young-choon is a South Korean politician serving as the Secretary-General of the National Assembly from June 2020. He was previously President Moon Jae-in's first Minister of Oceans and Fisheries and a three-term parliamentarian. Prior to entering politics, he was an activist at Korea University, where he served as the president of its student union.

  73. Yoo Nam-kyu

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    Yoo Nam-kyu
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    table tennis player
    Biography

    Yoo Nam-kyu is a male former table tennis player from South Korea who competed in the 1988, the 1992 and in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

  74. Sun-woo Kim

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    Sun-woo Kim
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Sun-woo "Sunny" Kim is a retired South Korean professional baseball pitcher of the Korea Baseball Organization. He has previously played in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, and Cincinnati Reds. He bats and throws right-handed.

  75. Kim Jung-nam

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    Kim Jung-nam
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    association football playerassociation football manager
    Biography

    Kim Jung-nam is a South Korean football manager and former football player. He and his partner Kim Ho are regarded as some of the greatest South Korean centre-back duos of all time. He played for the South Korea youth team in 1962 and also selected for the South Korea national team in that year. He was on the national team until 1973, and had 67 caps including games of the 1970 Asian Games where he won a gold medal. After his retirement, he managed the national team for the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification, and South Korea qualified the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 32 years after the 1954 FIFA World Cup. After the World Cup, he won the 1986 Asian Games. He was also the manager who won the most games in the K League with 210 wins.

  76. Cho Yong-hyung

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    Cho Yong-hyung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Cho Yong-Hyung is a South Korean footballer. He is known for his versatility as he can play as a full-back on either side of the pitch, as well as a centre back and a defensive midfielder.

  77. Yang Woo-seok

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    Yang Woo-seok
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwritercomics artist
    Biography

    Yang Woo-suk is a South Korean film director and manhwaga. His first film was the critical and commercial hit The Attorney (2013).

  78. Lee Yong-rae

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    Lee Yong-rae
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1986-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    association football player
    Biography

    Lee Yong-rae is a South Korean football player who plays as a midfielder for Daegu FC. Although he mainly plays as defensive midfield for both club and the national team, his tactical awareness allows him to operate as a box-to-box midfielder, side midfielder, and full-back in emergencies.

  79. Nikolai Johnsen

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    Nikolai Johnsen
    Born in
    Norway Flag Norway
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    model
    Biography

    Nikolai Johnsen is a Norwegian who lives and performs in South Korea as a television personality and graduate student in international studies at Korea University.

  80. Kim Won-jung

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    Kim Won-jung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    ice hockey player
    Biography

    Kim Won-jung is a retired Korean professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for Anyang Halla of the Asia League Ice Hockey (ALIH).

  81. Chong So-ra

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    Chong So-ra
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1991-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    modelbeauty pageant contestant
    Biography

    Jung So-ra, also known as Sora Jung in the Western media, is a Korean beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Korea 2010 and represented her country in the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.

  82. Lee Jong-hyun

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    Lee Jong-hyun
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1994-.. (age 27)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Lee Jong-hyun is a South Korean basketball player for Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and the Korean national team, where he participated at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Lee would declare as a prospect in the 2015 NBA Draft on April 22, 2015. As an early entrant in the 2015 NBA draft, he went undrafted.

  83. Kong Sang-jeong

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    Kong Sang-jeong
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1996-.. (age 25)
    Occupations
    short track speed skater
    Biography

    Kong Sang-jeong is a South Korean short track speed skater who won a gold Olympic medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the 3000 metre relay.

  84. Kim Greem

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    Kim Greem
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    singersongwriter
    Biography

    Kim Geu-rim, professionally known as Kim Greem, is a South Korean singer.

  85. Song Ha-jin

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    Song Ha-jin
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Song Ha-jin is a South Korean public servant and politician who currently serves as the governor of North Jeolla Province.

  86. Cho Ha-ri

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    Cho Ha-ri
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1986-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    short track speed skater
    Biography

    Cho Ha-Ri is a short track speed skater who competes for South Korea. She is the 2011 Overall World Champion.

  87. Chella Choi

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    Chella Choi
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1990-.. (age 31)
    Occupations
    golfer
    Biography

    Woon-jung "Chella" Choi is a South Korean professional golfer.

  88. Sukhee Kang

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    Sukhee Kang
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kang Sukhee is an American Democratic Party politician from Orange County, California. From 2008 to 2012, Kang served as Mayor of Irvine, California, the first Korean American to serve as mayor of a major American city. On 6 July 2011, he announced his candidacy for the United States Congress, but lost the election to incumbent John Campbell. On April 2015, Sukhee Kang announced he would run for California's 29th State Senate district outside of Irvine. Kang lost the primary with 26.8% of the vote in the top two primary system.

  89. Kim Dong-ju

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    Kim Dong-ju
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Kim Dong-Joo is a retired South Korean third baseman, who played his entire career for the Doosan Bears in the KBO League. He batted and threw right-handed.

  90. Park Bum-shin

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    Park Bum-shin
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Park Bum Shin is a South Korean writer

  91. Kim Eung-ryong

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    Kim Eung-ryong
    Born in
    North Korea Flag North Korea
    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Kim Eung-Ryong is a Korean baseball manager. He is the winningest manager in the history of Korean professional baseball, having won ten Korean Series championships throughout his career. He was the manager of the Haitai Tigers (1983–2000), Samsung Lions (2001–2004), and Hanwha Eagles (2013–2014).

  92. Esther K. Chae

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    Esther K. Chae
    Enrolled in Korea University
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts in French literature
    Occupations
    actorstage actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Esther Chae is a Korean-American actress, published playwright, speaker and consultant for Korean entertainment and Hollywood. Chae has appeared in numerous television shows such as NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The West Wing, The Shield, and ER. She has also performed on theater stages including Yale Repertory Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Mark Taper Forum/ Kirk Douglas Theater, East West Players, P.S. 122, and Harvard/American Repertory Theater. Chae was among the inaugural class of TED fellows in 2009. She wrote and performed in So The Arrow Flies, an 80-minute one-woman performance about a North Korean spy and the FBI agent that hunts her down. It touches on post-9/11 themes of terrorism, political ideology, national identity and mother-daughter relationships.

  93. Birdie Kim

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    Birdie Kim
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    golfer
    Biography

    Birdie Kim is a South Korean professional golfer. Her career highlight is winning the 2005 U.S. Women's Open at Cherry Hills Country Club. In the last round, she was tied for the lead on the 18th hole with amateurs Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang. Her second shot found a green-side bunker. She holed out from the bunker to take the lead and ultimately won by two strokes.

  94. Park Hyeon-joo

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    Park Hyeon-joo
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Hyeon Joo Park, a South Korean magnate, is a representative investment strategist who is the founder of Mirae Asset Financial Group which consists of asset management, investment banking, stock brokerage, life insurance, venture capital, and other financial services.

  95. Chung Ji-young

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    Chung Ji-young
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    Chung Ji-young is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. Among his most well-known films are North Korean Partisan in South Korea (1990), White Badge (1992), Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid (1994), Unbowed (2012) and National Security (2012).

  96. Hong Sung-taek

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    Hong Sung-taek
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    mountaineer
    Biography

    Hong, Sung Taek is a mountaineer, adventurer, explorer and author from South Korea. He is currently a National Geographic Explorers supported by a National Geographic explorers program and also associated with Defytime and a principal of KSAF Mountaineers Academy. He is renowned for reaching all the Three Poles and crossing the Bering Strait and Greenland for the first time. He summited Everest in 1995, skied to the South Pole in 1994 and walked to the North Pole in 2005. He also crossed Bering Strait by foot in 2012 (official) and crossed Greenland by dog sledding in 2011. He was thus the first in the world to reach all the five poles (Everest, North and South Poles, Bering Straits, Greenland).

  97. Kim Dae-eui

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    Kim Dae-eui
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    association football playerassociation football manager
    Biography

    Kim Dae-Eui is a South Korean football player who plays for Home United FC as a winger and attacker.

  98. Kang Cho-hyun

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    Kang Cho-hyun
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    sport shooter
    Biography

    Gang Cho-Hyeon is a South Korean sports shooter. She won the Silver Medal in 10 m air rifle in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

  99. Park Eun-ji

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    Park Eun-ji
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1979-2014 (aged 35)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Park Eun Ji was the vice delegate of the Labor Party in South Korea. She also was a proportional representation candidate of the New Progressive Party in the 19th legislative election. She died at her house on March 8, 2014.

  100. Youngjun

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    Youngjun
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Go Young-jun, better known by the mononym Youngjun (Hangul: 영준), is a South Korean singer and member of Brown Eyed Soul, signed under in Next Music. He released his debut solo album, Easy, on January 20, 2012.