Seoul in History

Historical Events

  • 1897-02-01 Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
  • 1904-02-09 Japanese land troops at Chemulpo (Inchon), near Seoul, Korea; within the next three weeks they will have advanced to the Yalu River, border of Manchuria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-06-27 North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1950-06-28 North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War
  • 1950-09-15 US troop land on Wolmi-Do island off of Seoul
  • 1950-09-26 UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul
  • 1951-01-04 Korean War: Chinese forces recapture Seoul
  • 1951-03-12 Communist troops driven out of Seoul
  • 1951-03-15 UN forces recapture Seoul, the fourth and final time the city changes hands in the Korean War
  • 1955-10-04 Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul
  • 1971-12-25 Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul
  • 1974-11-02 78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started.
  • 1981-09-30 Seoul, South Korea, is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics
  • 1983-05-10 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • 1986-09-14 Bomb explosion on airport Kimpo at Seoul, 5 killed
  • 1988-01-11 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • 1988-09-17 24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea
  • 1988-10-02 24th Olympic games close at Seoul, Korea
  • 1994-10-21 Hana bridge is Seoul Korea crashes, 32+ die
  • 1994-11-29 Seoul, Korea, celebrated the 600th anniversary of its founding

Famous Birthdays

  • 1932-07-20 Nam June Paik, Seoul Korea, video artist (Medium is the Medium)
  • 1944-03-19 Myung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, cellist (Chung Trio)
  • 1948-03-26 Kyung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, violinist (Chung Sisters)
  • 1952-02-17 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • 1953-01-22 Myung-Whun Chung, Seoul South Korea, pianist/conductor (Chung Trio)
  • 1953-12-02 Myung-Whan Chung, Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Trio)
  • 1959-12-08 Jim Yong Kim, South Korean-American physician, anthropologist and President of the World Bank, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1967-07-17 Pearl Sinn, Seoul Korea, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning Classic-35th)
  • 1969-10-24 Morena Corwin, Seoul, Korea, playmate (Sep, 1992)
  • 1972-07-28 Yeom Jeong-ah, South Korean actress (A Tale of Two Sisters), born in Seoul
  • 1973-09-06 Greg Rusedski, tennis star (1995 Seoul), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975-02-17 Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul)
  • 1975-11-19 Ju-Yeon Choi, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1995 Futures-Seoul-KOR II)
  • 1976-05-27 Richard Park, Seoul Kor, NHL center (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1980-07-26 Lee Dong-gun, South Korean actor, born in Gangnam District, Seoul
  • 1987-08-21 Kim Kibum, South Korean actor and singer, one of the member of Korean boy band Super Junior, born in Seoul
  • 1987-11-04 T.O.P. [Choi Seung-hyun], Korean singer-songwriter (Big Bang) and actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1988-08-18 G-Dragon [Kwon Ji-Yong], Korean rapper (Big Bang), born in Seoul, South Korea

Person of interestLydia Ko

1997-04-24 Lydia Ko, New Zealand professional golfer, born in Seoul, South Korea

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-06-01 Korean "My Sassy Girl" actor-singer Cha Tae-Hyun (30) weds pop lyricist Choi Suk-eun at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul City

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-06-19 Han Yong-woon, Korean Buddhist reformer and poet, at 65