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Former Mayors



Park Won Soon

37th. Park Won Soon

July 1, 2018 ~ 


Park Won Soon

36th. Park Won Soon

July 1, 2014 ~ June 30, 2018


Park Won Soon

35th. Park Won Soon

Oct 27, 2011 ~ June 30, 2014

  Main Policy

  • Reduced debt by KRW 4.1 trillion (final goal of KRW 7 trillion) and regained financial soundness
  • Established the foundation for universal welfare by pursuing eco-friendly “free school meal policy” and revising the criteria for citizen welfare
  • Established the basis for Seoul to become a global Social Innovation City by nurturing village communities, social economy, and cooperatives
  • Pursued balanced, people-centered development through the 2030 Seoul Plan, Development Plan for the Yeongdong Region, and Happy 4-District Plan
  • Realized an administration that has improved the lives of citizens through various initiatives, including the 10 Commandments for Paving Blocks and Night Owl Bus
  • Created an open administration led and participated by citizens through expanded public communication achieved through policies, deliberations, and social media



Oh, Se-hoon

34th. Oh, Se-hoon

July 1, 2010 ~ Aug 26, 2011 Main Policy

  • Hope Plus, Kkumnarae Account, Humanities for Hope, Network Welfare Center, and other welfare programs customized to Seoul’s needs
  • School security to prevent violence in schools, concentrate investment in education for a better learning environment
  • Travel project, Seoul-type preschools, daycare centers, residential areas for senior citizens, and other programs to solve childcare and retirement related issues
  • Implementing joint property taxes, balanced development between regions through the Human Town project
  • Strengthening finance and tourist infrastructure, improving facilities for foreigners boosting Seoul’s city competitiveness to 9th place all over the world (27th place in 2006)




Oh, Se-hoon

33rd. Oh, Se-hoon

July 1, 2006 ~ June 30, 2010 Main Policy

  • Creative Municipal Administration (Dasan 120  Seoul Call Center, 10 million Idea Oasis, etc.)
  • Cityscape improvement by constructing Gwanghwamun Square and Se-un  Choroktti Park
  • Long-term rental Shift, Travel Project, and other welfare programs
  • Efforts to improve air quality, construction of Dream Forest for a greener Seoul
  • Hosting WDC 2010, construction of Dongdaemun Design Park Plaza and other design-focused projects



Lee, Myung-bak

32nd. Lee, Myung-bak

July 1, 2002 ~ Jun 30, 2006 Main Policy

  • Lowering the budget by introducing business management strategies and debt redemption
  • Establishing a foundation for New Town projects for balanced development among regions
  • Restoration of Cheonggyecheon (Stream), construction of Seoul Forest, and other green projects
  • The reorganization of Seoul’s transportation system
  • Shifting paradigms from vehicle-centered policies to human-centered policies (Seoul Plaza, etc.)




Goh, Kun

31st. Goh, Kun

July 1, 1998 ~ Jun 30, 2002 Main Policy

  • Anti-corruption policies for transparent government (disclosing the processing process of online civil affairs, Ombudsman, electronic private contracts, etc.)
  • Planting 10 Million Trees of Life, turning the World Cup Park green
  • Completion of two subway lines while in office
  • Hosting the 2002 World Cup



Kang, Deok-ki

30th. Kang, Deok-ki (an acting mayor)

Sep 10, 1997 ~ Jun 30, 1998



Cho, Soon

30th. Cho, Soon

July 1, 1995 ~ Sep 9, 1997 Main Policy

  • Transition to citizen-focused government, establishing and executing mid, long-term plans and three-year plan for Seoul
  • Repairing Dangsan cheolgyo (Rail road Bridge) and other important public facilities for safety
  • Enactment of Framework Act on Environmental Policy, Charter of Protecting the Environment, 21 Agendas of Seoul, and other environmentally friendly projects
  • Establishing a 5-year roadmap for the nation’s first social welfare survey



Choi, Pyong-yol

29th. Choi, Pyong-yol

Nov 3, 1994 ~ Jun 30, 1995 Main Policy

  • Securing safety of various facilities and eradication of poor construction practices
  • Special Traffic Reform to resolve Seoul’s chronic congestion


Woo, Myung-gyu

28th. Woo, Myung-gyu

Oct 22, 1994 ~ Nov 2, 1994



Lee, Won-jong

27th. Lee, Won-jong

Mar 8, 1993 ~ Oct 21, 1994 Main Policy

  • Reform for various regulations, laws, an management strategies for the citizens
  • Establishing the groundwork for three subway lines, constructing city highways, and subways
  • 600-year Path for Seoul Project


Kim, Sang-chol

26th.  Kim, Sang-chol

Feb 26, 1993 ~ Mar 4, 1993



Lee, Sang-bae

25th. Lee, Sang-bae

Jun 26, 1992 ~ Feb 25, 1993 Main Policy

  • Improvement of living conditions and supporting cultural activities
  • Restoration of Gyeonghuigung Palace, Mongchontoseong Fortress, and other historic sites
  • Lowering resident agreement from 90% to 67% to stimulate redevelopment of substandard homes



Lee, Hae-won

24th.  Lee, Hae-won

Feb 19, 1991 ~ Jun 25, 1992 Main Policy

  • Mid, long-term traffic solution including the construction of underground passages
  • Establishing the Hangang Management Office to effectively manage the river, the water source of Seoul
  • Introduction of garbage incineration



Park, Se-jik

23rd. Park, Se-jik

Dec 27, 1990 ~ Feb 18, 1991 Main Policy

  • Implementing safety solutions for substandard constructions
  • Establishing and implementing Special Traffic Laws to alleviate traffic issues




Goh, Kun

22nd.  Goh, Kun

Dec 5, 1988 ~ Dec 26, 1990 Main Policy

  • Administrative policies based on ‘administration of participation, transparency, and relevance’
  • Construction of urban expressways Naebu Ringway and Bukbu Expressway and secondary subway construction
  • Expanding the flood pumping station and building a bank for water disaster prevention



Kim, Yong-rae

21st. Kim, Yong-rae

Dec 30, 1987 ~ Dec 4, 1988 Main Policy

  • Successfully hosting the 24th Seoul Olympics
  • Installing waterworks, introducing city cleaning, increasing homes, opening welfare facilities, and other solutions for stable living in Seoul
  • Implementing of secondary 5-year Green Seoul Scheme



Yom, Po-hyun

20th.  Yom, Po-hyun

Oct 15, 1983 ~ Dec 29, 1987 Main Policy

  • Completion of subway lines 2, 3, and 4. implementing Hangang Development plan, opening of Garak-dong Fishermen and Farmer’s market, construction of Mokdong City
  • Hosting the Asian Games, Preparing for Seoul Olympics
  • Restoration of Gyeonghuigung Palace, Boramae, Jongmyo Shrine Park, Seokchon Lake Park



Kim, Song-bae

19th. Kim, Song-bae

Apr 28, 1982 ~ Oct 14, 1983 Main Policy

  • Opening of subway line  2 sector Sports Complex Station-Seoul Nat’l Univ. of Education, and Euljiro 1-ga – Sangju Station
  • Completion of baseball stadium in Sports Complex and constructing the main stadium



Park, Yong-su

18th.  Park, Yong-su

Sep 2, 1980 ~ Apr 27, 1980 Main Policy

  • Attending the 1981 Baden-Baden Congress and successfully bidding for the 88 Seoul Olympics
  • Green Seoul Project, planting 10 million trees in Seoul with the tree-planting movement




Chong, Sang-chon

17th. Chong, Sang-chon

Dec 22, 1978 ~ Sep 1, 1980 Main Policy

  • Building urban facilities to boost efficiency and tidying pedestrian roads
  • Innovating city cleaning administration, expanding gas lines, and offering wider medical insurance coverage to stabilize living
  • Employment service center for low-income citizens, saving 10% on energy to counter the second oil shock



Kuh, Cha-chun

16th.  Kuh, Cha-chun

Sep 2, 1974 ~ Dec 21, 1978 Main Policy

  • Constructing residents, boosting urban community movements, and other policies to protect the people’s living
  • Installment of urban infrastructure for substantialization
  • Expanding various living environment related facilities and redeveloping substandard areas



Yang, Taek-shik

15th. Yang, Taek-shik

Apr 16, 1970 ~ Sep 1, 1974 Main Policy

  • Establishing the frameworks for a two decade-long urban planning, long-term plan for construction regulations for six district regions
  • Framework for Yeongdong area district plan
  • Drafting of plans to disperse population and 10-year roadmap to clear out buildings without permit




Kim, Hyon-ok

14th.  Kim, Hyon-ok

Mar 31, 1966 ~ Apr 15, 1970 Main Policy

  • Underground passages on Sejongro Street and Myeongdong, vehicle-only overpass, expanding and paving main roads
  • Seun Arcade, Pagoda Arcade, Nakwon Arcade, and other urban development projects
  • Hangang Development Project, opening of Namsan Tunnel 1 and 2, 400 apartment buildings
  • Yeongdong zones 1 and 2, Hwayang, Mangu District, Siheung, Sillim District, and other large district reorganization projects



Yoon, Chi-yong

13th. Yoon, Chi-yong

Dec 17, 1963 ~ Mar 30, 1966 Main Policy

  • Establishing a city plan for four districts, Guro, Sungin, Eunpyeong, and Ttukseom, an area spanning 132 km
  • Completion of Hanganggyo 2 (Yanghwadaegyo (Bridge), Jan. 25, ’65), initiating the construction of Hanganggyo 3(Hannamdaegyo  (Bridge))
  • Establishment of Seoul’s first long-term city development plan



Yoon, Tae-il

12th.  Yoon, Tae-il

May 20, 1961 ~ Dec 16, 1963 Main Policy

  • The Act on Special Measures for the Administration of the Seoul Special Metropolitan City redistributed workloads and brought the reorganization of the administrative structure
  • City development project designed for population of 5 million
  • Expanding infrastructure such as water works and developing remote areas in Seoul



Kim, Sang-don

11th. Kim, Sang-don

Dec 30, 1960 ~ May 16, 1961 Main Policy

  • First elected mayor
  • Integrity and punishing corruption to tighten discipline
  • Dispersing traffic in downtown areas, moving warehouses and factories to the outskirts


Chang, Ki-yong

10th.  Chang, Ki-yong

May 2, 1960 ~ Jun 30, 1960 Main Policy

  • Jungbu hospital open to the public, building of new annex building for treating tuberculosis
  • Expanding the liquid waste collection network to 23 dong districts and making 50 public wells
  • Running labor halls acquired from Ministry of Health and Welfare




Im, Hung-sun

9th. Im, Hung-sun

Jun 12, 1959 ~ Apr 30, 1960 Main Policy

  • Building a ringway between Yongsan-gu, Seongdong-gu, Dongdaemun-gu, Seongbuk-gu, and Uijeongbu and Cheonggyecheon (Stream) under drainage work
  • Building of soccer field at Hyochang Stadium for 1950 Asia Soccer Game
  • Construction of four public health clinics, public bathrooms, public wells, and public baths



Hoh, Chong

8th. Hoh, Chong

December 14, 1957 ~ June 11 Main Policy

  • Establishing bypasses and paving the road surface
  • Proposal to convert five-million square meter Miari District into a residential area
  • Municipal general hospitals and public clinics, epidemic and hygiene office, completion of Majang-dong slaughterhouse



Goh, Chaebong

7th. Goh, Chaebong

July 6, 1956 ~ Dec 13, 1957 Main Policy

  • Building of six municipal hospitals and public health clinics
  • Construction of 100 water reserves to alleviate the shortage of drinking water
  • Adding 70,000t to Seoul’s waterworks with support from the national treasury



Kim, Taeson

6th.  Kim, Taeson

Aug 29, 1952 ~ July 5, 1956



Kim, Taeson

5th. Kim, Taeson

Jung 27, 1951 ~ July 24, 1952




Lee, Ki-bung

4th.  Lee, Ki-bung

Aug 15, 1949 ~ May 8, 1951 Main Policy

  • Relief for Seoul residents who fled to Busan during the Korean War by opening Busan branch office
  • Establishment of nine shelters that can accommodate a total of 3,000 homeless people
  • First designation of transportation company in August 1949 to run 105 public buses (fare KRW 80)


Lee, Ki-bung

3rd.  Lee, Ki-bung

Jun 6, 1949 ~ Aug 14, 1949



Yoon, Po-son

2nd.  Yoon, Po-son

Dec 15, 1948 ~ Jun 5, 1949 Main Policy

  • Building of nine elementary schools to eradicate illiteracy, dong offices offer Korean classes
  • ‘New Life’ campaign to thwart costly weddings, funerals, and ancestral ceremonies
  • Cracking down the cornering market and fraudulent registrations to put the food distribution administration back on track.



Kim, Hyong-min

1st. Kim, Hyong-min

Sep 28, 1946 ~ Dec 14, 1948 Main Policy

  • Establishment of policies to accommodate war refugees
  • Thirteen Japanese lodging facilities in Namsan-dong utilized as temporary stay for refugees
  • High-end restaurants, temples, and empty homes used as refugee camp