Oh Se-hoon

Oh Se-hoon
Oh Se-hoon
Oh Se-Hoon as Seoul Mayor of Seoul Special City, March 2011
34th Mayor of Seoul
In office
01 July 2006 – 26 August 2011
Preceded by Lee Myung-bak
Succeeded by Park Won-soon
Member of the 16th National Assembly of the Republic of Korea for the ul electoral district of Gangnam-gu
In office
30 May 2000 – 29 May 2004
Preceded by Hong Sa-duk
Succeeded by Gong Sung-jin
Personal details
Born 4 January 1961 (1961-01-04) (age 50)
Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Political party Grand National Party
Spouse(s) 송현옥
Children 오주원 (daughter)
오승원 (daughter)
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Daeil High School
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Korea University School of Law (LL.B., LL.M., J.D.)
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Religion Catholic
Military service
Service/branch Republic of Korea Army Army Security Command
Rank First Lieutenant
Oh Se-hoon
Revised Romanization O Se-hun
McCune–Reischauer O Sehun

Oh Se-hoon (born January 4, 1961, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea)[1] was the Mayor of Seoul between 2006 and August 26, 2011. On June 3, 2010, Oh was reelected as the Mayor of Seoul but resigned after losing a referendum on the Seoul Free Lunch Referendum.[2]. Oh is a member of the Grand National Party.


Personal history

Oh was born in Seongdong-gu. He graduated from Daeil High School and went on to Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He graduated from Korea University's School of Law and became a lawyer. In 2000, Oh was elected as a member of the 16th National Assembly of South Korea. On July 1, 2006, Oh began his term as the mayor of Seoul; Oh was reelected for his second term in 2010. Oh's term was set to expire on June 30, 2014.

Seoul City Water Project

Although most Seoul residents choose to drink bottled mineral water, it has been reported that Oh Se-hoon not only vouches for but drinks the city tap water.[3] Encouraging Seoul residents to drink tap water and reduce dependence on bottled water, as well as publicizing the cleanliness of Seoul tap water has been a pet project for Oh. Seoul City has recently put forward new regulations on tap water and the focus has gone from not just safe water but water that tastes great.


  • Oh's last 5 years in office as the mayor of Seoul had tripled the debt of Seoul.[4]


Oh's discussion with Alexander Vershbow in 2006 mentioned "while a merger between the GNP and the Democratic Party would be beneficial to the GNP" according to a released Wikileaks document.[5][6]

Writings by Oh

  • 가끔은 변호사도 울고싶다 (When a Lawyer Wants to Cry) by Oh Se-hoon (Myeongjin Publishing, October 1995) ISBN 89-7677-030-7
  • 우리는 실패에서 희망을 본다 (Failure Offers Seeds of Hope) by Kang Won-taek, Kim Ho-ghi, Oh Se-hoon, and Lee Young-jo (Hwanggeumgaji Publishing, August 2005) ISBN 8-982-73930-9


  1. ^ About the Mayor
  2. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jnPRPA3i5yJjAlMzcl5ZmZsYlmeg?docId=b49be7e03f80414a9dc16ea9b022949b (AP via Google News)
  3. ^ "Seoul City holds 2nd Arisu Festival to show tap water is safe to drink". Newsworld. http://www.newsworld.co.kr/cont/0609/42.htm. 
  4. ^ Ahn (안), Hong-seok (홍석) (2011-09-13). "서울시 빚 5년새 3배 증가…1인당 37만원" (in Korean). Yonhap News. http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2011/09/09/0200000000AKR20110909202400004.HTML. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  5. ^ "SEOUL MAYOR OH SE-HOON'S VISION: A NEW SEOUL (06seoul3370)" (in Korean & English). Wikileaks. http://www.wikileaks-kr.org/dokuwiki/06seoul3370. Retrieved 2011-10-14. "Continuing on the discussion of domestic politics, the Mayor said that while a merger between the GNP and the Democratic Party (DP) would be beneficial to the GNP, it would be difficult and not happen soon." 
  6. ^ Park (박), Jong-chan (종찬) (2011-09-21). "오세훈 위키리크스 첫 등장 “민주당과 통합이 한나라당 도움”" (in Korean). The Hankyeoreh. http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/international/international_general/497228.html. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lee Myung-bak
Mayor of Seoul
July 1, 2006~August 26, 2011–
Succeeded by
Park Won-soon

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