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Oh Se-hoon
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Mayor of Seoul
In office
1 July 2006 – 26 August 2011
Preceded by Lee Myung-bak
Succeeded by Park Won-soon
Member of the National Assembly
In office
30 May 2000 – 29 May 2004
Preceded by Hong Sa-duk
Succeeded by Gong Sung-jin
Constituency Gangnam 2nd (Seoul)
Personal details
Born 4 January 1961 (1961-01-04) (age 59)
Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Political party Liberty Korea Party
Other political
Bareun Party (2016-2018)
Spouse(s) Song Hyeon-ok
Children Oh Joo-won (daughter)
Oh Seung-won (daughter)
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Korea University (LL.B., LL.M., J.D.)
Profession Politician
Military service
Allegiance  South Korea
Branch/service Flag of the Army of the Republic of Korea.svg Republic of Korea Army
Army Security Command
Rank 중위.JPGJungwi

Oh Se-hoon (Korean: 오세훈; 吳世勳) is a Korean politician. He was born on 4 January 1961 in Seoul, South Korea. He was a mayor of Seoul from 2006 to 2011.


When he was young, his family was extremely poor. He recalls that he would need to finish his homework before sunset, as it was very hard for his family to use electricity. After he graduated from high school, he entered Hankuk University of Foreign Studies majoring in Law. When he was in his second year, he moved from HUFS to Korea University. In 1984, he passed the 26th Korean bar examination.

Political career

Oh served the military as an officer soon after graduating from law school. After finishing his military service, he worked as a lawyer in Seoul for about 15 years. He appeared on television programs about law many times. That made him become very famous, so he campaigned to being a politician. In 2000, he was elected as a member of the National Assembly, belonging to Grand National Party. As a young politician, he tried to break and change the old and conservative image of Grand National Party. After completing the four years of his term as a member of the National Assembly, he went back to being a lawyer.

Though he had left the political world, he was still preferred by many people. He was even favoured as the next mayor of Seoul, because the former mayor Lee Myung-bak was running for the President. At first, he consistently denied running for the mayor of Seoul. But as he was considered the best candidate for the mayor in many polls, and as Grand National Party persuaded him to run for the mayor, he finally decided to run.

As mayor

Even before the election, he always won in many polls. As a result, he got over 60% in the 2006 election and became the mayor of Seoul easily. In this election, he promised to remove Dongdaemun Stadium, redevelop about 50 towns, encourage people to learn English, and change diesel buses to natural-gas buses.

In 2010, he tried to be re-elected as mayor. He was expected to easily defeat other candidates again. But in the vote counting, he was about to lose. The gap between him and the second candidate, Han Myeong-sook was just about 0.6%. He decided to quit after winning the election.

He was criticized because in his last 5 years in office the debt of Seoul tripled.

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