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Army general and President of South Korea

Roh Tae-woo is ...

Born 4 Dec 1932 in Daegu
Died 26 Oct 2021 in Seoul National University Hospital
Age88 years, 10 months
Roh Tae-woo
Roh Tae-woo
Official Portrait of Roh Tae-woo, the 13th President of the Republic of Korea

About Roh Tae-woo

Roh Tae-woo born on 4 December 1932 in Daegu. He is a citizen of South Korea. Roh Tae-woo was educated at Korea Military Academy and Kyeongbuk High School. He died on 26 October 2021 in Seoul National University Hospital from an asthma at age 88 years, 10 months.

He was an Army general and President of South Korea.

Roh Tae-woo has had one spouse: Kim Ok-sook. He has two children Roh Soh-yeong and Ro Jae-Hun.

Roh Tae-woo has worked as a politician and military personnel. He has has won Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George and Grand Order of Mugunghwa. Significant events include Panama Papers.

Roh Tae-woo has held the position of president of South Korea, Minister of the Interior and Safety and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Roh died in intensive care at the Seoul National University Hospital at 1:45pm KST on 26 October 2021, at the age of 88. Roh's family released his last will and message, asking for forgiveness for his role in the 1979 military coup and 1980 Gwangju Uprising crackdown, and expressed his wish for future generations to be able to achieve reunification with North Korea which he could not achieve in his term.

In view of Roh's mixed and disputed legacy, the government decided to hold a state funeral for Roh following a debate within the national cabinet, in recognition of his "significant contributions to the nation's development". The decision was criticized by some, including survivors and victims' families of the Gwangju crackdown and members of the ruling liberal Democratic Party. The city of Gwangju and several other cities and provincial governments refused to raise flags half-mast or set up memorial altars for Roh in accordance with state funeral procedures. In Seoul, memorial altars saw a low turnout of mourners coming to pay their respects.

The scaled-down state funeral service, held in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic took place at Olympic Park, Seoul on 30 October, in recognition of the 1988 Summer Olympics which was successfully held there under his presidency. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum gave an eulogy. By law, Roh is not eligible for burial at a national cemetery because of his past criminal record and conviction. The Roh family plans to bury him at Unification Hill at the border town of Paju.