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First Lady of the Republic of Korea
The PresidenT and FirsT Lady
GeneraTinG and sharinG hoPe

“No matter how tough the situation may be,

we should never ever give up.
Instead, we have to hold onto our hope and share
it with our neighbors.

Hope is the most important first step to happiness.

As First Lady, I will do my utmost to help all people harbor hope

and bring them one step closer to happiness.”

President Lee and First Lady Kim joining children who are heads of families at Cheong Wa Dae on Children’s Day, May 5, 2009

The First Lady loves children and never passes up a chance to meet with
them. The First Lady often talks with children in need, people who have
been marginalized in Korean society, women in lower income brackets
and multicultural families who have a tough time integrating into main-
stream Korean society. Her bright smile is a clear reminder of how loving
a mother figure she is.

Visiting children suffering from cancer at Seoul National University Visiting a welfare center in Incheon for Koreans who migrated back Volunteering at Bohyeon’s House, a welfare center for the homeless Working as a Korea National Red Cross Volunteer at the end of 2008
Children’s Hospital Korea from Sakhalin, Russia

Hiking on the Olle path on Jeju-do Island on June 1, 2009 with participants in the Korea-ASEAN Campus Summit

A Champion Of Korean Cuisine And

Other Things Uniquely Korean

In June 2009, Korea’s royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) were officially listed as UNESCO World Presenting a vase to 2009 World Figure Skating
Heritage sites. Champion Kim Yu-na at Cheong Wa Dae; Yu-na was
named as the goodwill ambassador for the 2010-2012
Visit Korea Year

The First Lady is a passionate advocate for traditional Korean food, which has drawn
the attention of nutritionists and people seeking healthier lifestyles around the world.
She has also taken the lead in publicizing time-honored cultural properties of Korea
and tourist destinations.
Attending the Korean Cuisine to the World 2009 on April 7, 2009 Participating in the inaugural meeting of the Task Force for Korean Cuisine to the
World on May 4, 2009

The First Lady As a Goodwill
Ambassador For The Country Kim Yoon-ok
First Lady of the Republic of Korea

The First Lady enjoys wearing hanbok, the
Korean traditional clothing, whenever pos- 2009 Honorary Chair of the Commemoration Committee
sible on special occasions, including on her for the 100th Anniversary of Korean Museums
trips abroad with the President. 2008 Honorary President of the Korean Cancer Society
Honorary Chair of the Visit Korea Committee
First Lady Kim Yoon-ok majored in Health
Although she keeps a low profile, the First Education and Management at Ewha Women’s Uni- Honorary Chair of the Korean Support Committee
of the International Vaccine Institute
Lady has worked energetically to help Ko- versity in Seoul, and now as the wife of President Lee
reans better understand people from other Myung-bak serving in the 17th presidential term of 2002 Completed the Leadership Program of the Women’s
the Republic of Korea, she is engaging in a variety of Academy at Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea
countries and to help other countries see
activities in and out of Cheong Wa Dae (the Korean 2001 Honorary Chair of the Special Advisory Committee
Korea as a genuine friend. presidential residence). for Woman’s Volunteer Service at the Seoul
Chapter, Korean Red Cross
Her volunteer activities, in particular, have been
She also makes sure that her itinerary for of-
carried out continuously to include visits to child- Honorary President of the Seoul Council, Girl
ficial visits overseas includes visits to facili- care facilities, children’s hospitals and welfare institu- Scouts of Korea
ties and organizations catering to the special tions for low-income families and meal centers for the President of the Alumni Association of the
2 needs of women and children, as she feels a homeless and to hear from them firsthand about their Women’s Top Management Program at Yonsei University
special warmth towards them as a mother of challenges. After becoming First Lady, she has cham-
1996 Completed the 7th Women’s Top Management Program at
pioned a program to make sure the underprivileged
four children herself. children in school do not have to go without meals. In
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

addition, she has also given support to children with 1995 Completed the 1st Advanced Leadership Program for
Women at Ewha Women’s University
cancer as well as those who are suffering from rare dis-
eases, including muscular dystrophy.
The First Lady’s ceaseless efforts to help people Education
who are at a disadvantage socially are grounded in her
Ewha Women’s University
3 1. Posing for a photograph (second from right, front row, in
deep Christian faith. Her motto throughout her life
Korean costume) with spouses of the participants in the G20 has been, “Love your neighbors, do what needs to be Date of Birth
Summit held in London on April 1, 2009

2. Joining the President and members of World Friends Korea

done with utmost devotion and be positive in all situ-
at its launching ceremony in Nokjiwon, the garden of ations.” March 26, 1947
Cheong Wa Dae, on May 7, 2009; World Friends Korea
combines a number of government-sponsored overseas
volunteer groups One of the latest tasks she has set her heart on is Children
3. Visiting the Centro de Salud Materno Infantil Pachacutec the promotion of Korean cuisine overseas. Known as 1 son and 3 daughters
Peru-Corea, a health clinic for new mothers and their babies,
in Pachacutec, Peru, in November 2008, to encourage the
on accomplished cook of Korean cuisine among her
medical staff and patients; the facility was built with a grant inner circle of friends, she is the honorary chair of the Life Motto
from the Korean Government
4. Meeting with young people at a children’s health center in
Task Force for Korean Cuisine to the World, an orga- Love your neighbors, do what needs to be done
4 Poland in July 2009 nization devoted to promoting Korean food. with utmost devotion and be positive in all situations