Park Won-soon: Guards, Journalists Gather in Seoul After Missing Mayor Found Dead

Police say the body of the missing mayor of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, has been found.

They say Park Won-soon’s body was located in hills in northern Seoul early on Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him.

Park’s daughter had called police on Thursday afternoon to report him missing, saying he had given her a “will-like” message before leaving home.

News reports say one of Park’s secretaries had lodged a complaint with police on Wednesday night over alleged sexual harassment.

About 300-400 officers and a drone were mobilized in the search, according to police.

Kim Ji-hyeong, a Seoul Metropolitan Government official, said Park had not shown up for work on Thursday for unspecified reasons and had cancelled all of his schedule, including a meeting with a presidential official at his Seoul City Hall office.

The Seoul-based SBS television network reported that one of Park’s secretaries had lodged a complaint with police on Wednesday night over alleged sexual harassment, such as unwanted physical contact that began in 2017. The SBS report, which didn’t cite any source, said the secretary told police investigators that an unspecified number of other female employees at Seoul City Hall had suffered similar sexual harassment by Park.

MBC television carried a similar report.

Both the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency and Park's office said they couldn't confirm the reports.

Park, a long-time civic activist and human rights lawyer, was elected Seoul mayor in 2011. He became the city’s first mayor to be voted into a third term in June last year. A member of President Moon Jae-in’s liberal Democratic Party, he has been considered a potential presidential candidate in 2022 elections.

Park has mostly maintained his activist colours as mayor, criticizing what he described as the country’s growing social and economic inequalities and corrupt ties between large businesses and politicians.

Early on, Park established himself as a fierce opponent of former conservative President Park Geun-hye and openly supported the millions of people who flooded the city's streets in late 2016 and 2017, calling for her ouster over a corruption scandal.

Park Geun-hye was formally removed from office in March 2017 and is currently serving a decades-long prison term on bribery and other charges.

Seoul, a city of 10 million people, has been a new centre of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea since the country eased its rigid social distancing rules in early May. Authorities are struggling to trace contacts amid surges in cases linked to nightclubs, church services, a huge e-commerce warehouse and door-to-door sellers in Seoul.

Park Won-soon led an aggressive anti-virus campaign, shutting down thousands of nightspots and banning rallies in major downtown streets.

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100+ komento:

Daniel E. Jang
Daniel E. Jang:
Hi everyone, I'm a Seoulite so I'll try to break this story down for y'all. Mayor Park was days away from being questioned by the police after a former female member of his staff filed charges against him for sexual harassment. He left a cryptic message for his daughter hinting at his suicidal intentions before heading off to a local mountain alone where he off-ed himself. The allegations made against him by his female staff date back to '15. This is just the first time anyone spoke up and went to the police. What is truly baffling is, this man is the 3rd most influential person in S. Korean politics, and his supporting base has always been...get this...women! He had unwavering support from young Korean women for his work in civil cases, becoming the first lawyer in the South Korean court system to successfully sue an employer for sexual harassment. Circumstantial evidence suggests that he chose the quick and easy way out rather than to live through the humiliation and the theatrics of a public trial. All eyes are now on South Korean President Moon, as the deceased Park was a close political ally of Moon. Will the sitting president of S.Korea attend the funeral of a man who was mere days away from being the subject of a police investigation for sexual misconduct? Or will he display discretion and wait until these allegations are verified? (Korean funerals are generally a 3 day event that begins on the day of the actual death)
July 10th Update :
Seoul City hall just released a beautiful eulogy of the late mayor highlighting his former accomplishments. They also requested the media to refrain from releasing speculative articles in respect for the deceased (as the accused can no longer stand trial against his accuser). Seoul City Hall is currently organizing a 5 day memorial service for the fallen mayor.
As details regarding the allegations against the deceased mayor continues to come into light, one must wonder if city hall has even considered the possibility that they may be hosting this grand memorial event to honor a man who is suspected of being a predator. Many are left shocked as the disconnect between public perception and city hall becomes ever more apparent.
The woman who filed for these sexual harassment charges is a former Seoul City Hall employee herself, saying that it is disheartening to see her former colleague's actions following Park's abrupt demise would be an understatement. Her former co-workers are actively deifying their boss who took his own life rather than facing down his accuser, but they won't stick up for one of their own?
It is a sad day as a Seoulite, and as an expecting father of a baby girl, to see this is how my tax dollars are being put to work.
Jay Kay
Jay Kay:
Can we maybe add some information to help us understand what this means? The journalism is so lazyyyy today
Erin Nicole
Erin Nicole:
What on earth was that video clip? Useless. Sounds like he probably committed suicide due to the allegations. That's not super unusual over there in cases like this. It's a shame all the way around. I don't know any specifics of the allegations, but if they were true, I feel terrible for the victim. And I feel terrible for the mayor's family.
And this is supposed to surprise anyone ?
duane balch
duane balch:
what a stupid video made by very stupid people. I got more informative news from the comments section.
Al 72
Al 72:
Everything in Korea is a walk in the Park.

Park Your Car.
Well, thank you. It's brand new
Mây Lang Thang
Mây Lang Thang:
Korean has a lot of CCTV, everything will be clearly.
mossad loosing its grip in asia...
Mr. MYD:
he probably killed himself... he had sexual assault allegations and spoke strangely to his daughter beforehand
댓에서 니들이 뭘안다고 떠드는겨 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Kenneth Chung
Kenneth Chung:
R.I.P mayor
gota toka
gota toka:
I got this off from tiktok apparently they send 5 helicopter special force looking for him and people were wondering what happen.
mu me
mu me:
YoungKuk Yeon
YoungKuk Yeon:
Robert Smith
Robert Smith:
Sounds like a guy who should be my valet...
So.... looking at the dislikes I'm guessing I wasn't the only one expecting something else than just some random b-rolls...?
Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un:
Let me guess he had an Epstein incident....
Ahn James
Ahn James:
another sex scandal with aide coming to light and the protagonist going dark
Jay Kader
Jay Kader:
My deepest sympathies to his family.☹️
Charles Kim
Charles Kim:
How did this happened?
There were sexual assault allegations against Mayor Park.
What is the point of a nearly SOUNDLESS video with NO text or context? Are you Bloomberg people really that incompetent?
joshua traman
joshua traman:
He may hide somewhere around... we haven’t seen his dead face??!!
It's wierd considering the fact that the CEO of Taiwanese company MSI 'fell off' a building the day before, followed by this 'suicide', all this after the annexation of Honk Kong. All these countries are supposedly adverserial to China.
David Song
David Song:
"Park Won-Soon didn't kill himself."
Sam Cooper
Sam Cooper:
Did they check the secret underground bunker of his house though?? Should be hidden behind a shelf.
Jay Jay
Jay Jay:
Ok simple. That's the last place the mayor stayed before he goes to commit suicide to mountain in Seoul. That is why the video shows the place!
The mayor moved out from the place in the video, then he just directly went to the mountain. There is no any fact about the reason he committed suicide, but some people says that that he is dead because of his guilty of sexual assault.
OtherwiSe known as the 'Bruk'
OtherwiSe known as the 'Bruk':
y are they laughing? Do they hate him?
Color code protest blockers. I know creations color code but still.
bobby pingree
bobby pingree:
killed by the government silence
X Pan
X Pan:
The syndicates in Korea don't like him. There is no doubt that the autopsy report will be SUICIDE.
vicenç lopez bataller
vicenç lopez bataller:
R. I. P Descanse en paz Señor Park lo siento mucho.
Catalyst - D B
Catalyst - D B:
....... So he committed suicide to avoid the shame of the sexual harrassment scandal?
I hope not. There must be something else
Oh crap was he assassinated?
David Smith
David Smith:
mayor of one of biggest cities not just in korea but IN THE WORLD, dies just like that when he is suppose to be guarded heavily ??? this is an inside job
Mary Jackson
Mary Jackson:
Y do these people keep texting my line talking about what they think I should do I work for myself I don't need no one too tell me what I should do for them I anit given them nothing at all
J C.
J C.:
That's not news!
Park may not have won, but he went too soon.
Lenny Jean
Lenny Jean:
The worse video ever lol
Good riddance... The man was polluting the country with messed up agenda, incompetence, and neglect of duty...
Steve Kain
Steve Kain: guess who's next. the woman touching Moon was a press secretary then and is now a member of Congress in Korea. She got her nomination the HARD WAY I'd say.
very similar to jeffrey epstein case. he knew too much about current gov's corruption so he was murdered.
Ryan Sexton
Ryan Sexton:
Hmm Hillary Clinton has been quiet lately
I love SEOUL~
Angie Feliciano
Angie Feliciano:
Really utube!!!!
Msl G
Msl G:
Honor, Loyalty, Respect for elderly....

Those 3 words come into my mind whenever think about Koreans.

Can clearly see that Confucianism is Korean’s social philosophy that pervades Korean culture.

He might have thought that he lost HONOR.....which led to committing suicide.
Jay Kader
Jay Kader:
My deepest sympathies to his family ☹️
Eric Francis
Eric Francis:
Jesus died on the cross for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, and he rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. If you believe in him and trust in his finished work on the cross, you will be saved.c
Bea FreeAll
Bea FreeAll:
in other articles it says found near his home in apparent suicide after the police started to investigate him for sexual assault charges brought against him...dunno...
Desire La Belle
Desire La Belle:
His daughter killed him and made that will.
ko napi
ko napi:
here is an image that people who have noticed something in Korea will die, but in South Korea, isn't it a country where someone else has a lot of control?
I'm more likely to have received a group stalker from people from a music company that has the biggest connections with Korea in Japan, and I'm not safe now.
They also have strong ties to the police. I felt despair and loneliness. But even before that, I was experiencing a mass stalker when I was pursuing fraudulent claims from Japanese dental personnel. At that time, the scale was smaller than that of people involved in music, but I was very scared because I was followed while pushing the stroller.
With that experience, I was able to improve my anger control, but I was often filled with sadness.
We must see and awaken from all perspectives.

Mike T.
Mike T.:
What a waste. He was born with a name honored by parking valets all over the world. He won't park won soon anymore. All the cars are sitting unattended. 😥 😔
Seokbong Choi
Seokbong Choi:
RIP for him. but he committed suicide because he felt guilty after harassing his secretary for 3 years. Period. There shouldn't be any conspiracy theories around this incident.
He had links with Beijing that's for sure:
Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon is visiting Beijing, China, from November 1 to 4 to attend a meeting of the 21st Century Council, where he joined discussions on China’s economy, society, and development strategies.

At this meeting, over 20 members of the 21st Century Council, including Mayor Park, and more than 10 former government officials, businessmen, and scholars participated in five discussion sessions. Moreover, on November 3, all participants of the 21st Century Council had a face-to-face talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.

The themes of the five sessions of the meeting, held over a period of two nights and three days, were: ① China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and Economic Strategy, ② China’s Regional Development Strategy, ③ China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and the Strengthening of Reforms in Accordance with Constitutionalism, ④ China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, and ⑤ China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and Global Governance.

On November 4, the last day of his visit, Mayor Park Won Soon will meet with Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun and come to an agreement on strengthening practical exchanges and cooperation between Seoul and Beijing in terms of economic, cultural, and environmental issues through the Seoul-Beijing Joint Council. In particular, at the “Forum on Air Quality Improvement,” the two mayors will search for ways in which both cities may cooperate on the development of technologies to improve air quality. Also, at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, an official institution tasked with discovering, fostering, and re-educating important executives of the Chinese Communist Party, Mayor Park will give a special lecture titled “Seoul’s Governance and Urban Innovation.”

“China’s impact on Seoul’s economy is significant, as Chinese travelers account for the majority of tourists visiting Seoul and the country is the largest export partner for our businesses,” explained Mayor Park. He added, “Through this 21st Century Council meeting, I hope to learn more about China and use this knowledge to make good decisions for the future of Seoul. I will also participate in the discussions and talk about how China’s development will contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Greater East Asia.”
other interesting video regarding the korean BRI
Jeremy C.
Jeremy C.:
do NOT believe everything some people are saying here.
they're just anti-Moon and crazy right wing wackos.. i repeat, please DO NOT believe everything.
Clinton attacks again
Andy Lee
Andy Lee:
This is such a sad thing, South Korea should really do something about the suicides
Sean L
Sean L:
He was one of the champions of Progressives in Korea with his human rights and woman's rights.. What a hypocrite.
earth l
earth l:
ㅠ.ㅠ (고)박원순 시장의 명복을 빕니다.
I honor park wom soon.
Pee Wee
Pee Wee:
The cost of clapping that poonani. Red Ginseng had him fiendish for sweet Korean girls, he might have clapped wrong person’s girlfriend.
Gretchen Hubbert
Gretchen Hubbert:
So as a rough American analogy, it's as if both presidential candidates suddenly vanished from the election right before the country headed to the voting booths? Sweet baby jesus!
Korean version of EDKH
Mayor Park Won-soon's suicide in Seoul is not a simple'rape' incident.
Korea is currently in an unprecedented economic crisis.
The UK's economic research institute EIU lowered Korea's economic growth this year from 2.2% to -1.8%. Moody's and Bloomberg also say Korea has been in a difficult situation since the 2008 financial crisis.
The problem is not that the economy is simply bad.
Korea is a country that mainly feeds and lives.
The import volume in March 2020 was 42,092,469000 doller, and the export volume in March 2020 was 46,268,617000 doller.
However, two-quarters of imports and exports are traded with the United States and China.
So far, Korea has been eating and eating between the United States and China.
But after Donald Trump became president, the relationship between the United States and China worsened.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Japan must apologize and compensate the victims who were raped by Japanese soldiers during World War II.
Japan said
'In 1965, we will apologize to President Park Chung-hee for 1 billion yen, and we will apologize.
And he signed an agreement with President Park Chung-hee, and Prime Minister Abe apologized before.
I tried to give you compensation in 2015, but didn't you refuse?
So Japan said
South Korea in the Supreme Court asked Japanese troubled companies to reimburse victims for 100 million won.
Go and become'WHITE LIST' case, so in Korea
Presidents, politicians, businessmen and even ordinary citizens
And don't buy it, and the Japanese campaigned to get out of Korea.
Korea is a country that lives with'export' as its core.
Also, semiconductors, automobiles, and ships are the main businesses.
However, they relied on Japan for the parts needed to make the product.
Japan tightened regulations on Korea.
Eventually, Korea later asked Japan for reconciliation.
However, the damage was severe.
In Korea, the minimum wage system that gives workers the minimum wage
It was implemented in the 1980s.
The minimum wage for 2015 is 5580 won per hour worked.
The minimum wage for 2016 is 6030 won per hour worked.
The minimum wage for 2017 is 6470 won per hour
The minimum wage for 2018 is 7530 won per hour

It increased significantly from 6470 won in 2017 to 7530 won in 2018.
The figures below show the increase in the national welfare budget (1 trillion).
2011 86.4
2012 92.6
2013 97.6
2014 106.4
2015 115.7
2016 123.4
2017 129.5
2018 144.7
2019 161
2020 180.5

Welfare budget has increased significantly since 2018.
Below are the number of companies that have closed out nationwide.

2015 815,015
2016 789 525
2017 908,503
2018 906,989
899,687 2019

National land prices are getting lower and lower. (January 2018 ~ June 2020)

"5.540924247" "5.529094343" "5.520292684" "5.511877463" "5.499157063" "5.489257803" "5.485845176" "5.48186482" "5.472290333" "5.463776042" "5.462872353" "5.459674164" "5.461509548" "5.460519224" "5.460977739" "5.462878325" ""5.463086645" "5.462478633" "5.459386441" "5.458559886" "5.455021861" "5.4499577" "5.445402816" "5.44344782" "5.44664231" "5.443052961" "5.442591597" "5.445215088" "5.443797328"

Koreans use real estate and stocks to earn money

The price of real estate became expensive.

In the past, the mortgage was borrowed as a mortgage, and up to 70% of the house price could be borrowed.

Now it is 40%.
President Moon Jae-in puts a lot of taxes on welfare.
This is not the end.
Mayor Won-soon Park was surprised that Seoul Mayor was dead?
'JOGUK' secretary of school foundation corruption
Busan Mayor's forced sexual harassment and escape, voluntary resignation
Jae-soo Yoo Bribery of the Busan Deputy Mayor
Mayor Eun-Sumi Seongnam received help from the company where the gangster is the president more than 90 times a year and was sentenced to 900,000 won in court.
The late governor of President Moon Jae-in, Ahn Hee-jeong, Chungcheongnam-do, had an affair with a female secretary and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Kinkyongsu Governor of Gyeongnam Province, the Internet nickname'DURUKING'
He told the electoral groups and election groups to manipulate elections on Twitter and Facebook.
'DURUKING' is guilty, but'kinkyongsu' is still in trial.
There are a lot of others.
People are disappointed and hope to be the conservative president in the next presidential election.
Democratic Party in Korea They are very different from the American Democratic Party.
They are very radical and proud of their experience of fighting the dictatorships of old, and impressed the thoughts of China and North Korea.
I don't feel any sadness that Park Won-soon dies.
z y
z y:
If he really had that much power he wouldn’t end himself to escape being sued
stop! Foreigners
Stop your interest in Korea!
When you still have dignity, self respect and honor and you are forced to be evil, you tend to deal with yourself accordingly. Good for him for doing the right thing before his masters made him do even more wrong things.
I only feel bad for the victims, this man is a coward
Michael Van Wie Jr.
Michael Van Wie Jr.:
0:16 of course we need one Kakao alert noise.

Bloomberg liveread? Lol
Josh S. ZHANG:
In other news, Epstein killed himself.
Jessica Yoo
Jessica Yoo:
Wasn't he the one who sued the cult leader in Korea? I just remember him doing a good job as a mayor of Seoul Korea during Covid-19. I don't know much about Korean politics.
Current government in S. Korea is extremely pro- communist, pro- China, and almost fascist. At the same time their moral standard is zero. This mayor is one of them. Many people belong to this government and the party already were found the guilty of sexual abuse. The president Moon really need ms to be impeached. He also involves with rigged election. It is disgusting.
Well, east Asian countries never lose their traditions lol.
sean li
sean li:
Capital Mayor suisided just because of a simple harassment? And all south koreans are literally convinced?! Wow~ No wonder such thing could happen there.
Herr Wahnsinn
Herr Wahnsinn:
Subversion always seemingly a symptom and consequence of US occupation. Terrorism, bombing, assassination, etc.
Steve Kain
Steve Kain:
this perpetrator is found not breathing. another case of leftist moral numbness.
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson:
Ain’t like he was an Archduke...Soo Waa???
KwangHwan Cho
KwangHwan Cho:
3선 시장의 말로가 자살이라니
Racer Girl
Racer Girl:
I bet the Ccp killed him.
Golden Star
Golden Star:
Hi Lee Taeyong!!
Jo C
Jo C:
whenever the Sino-Korea-Japan Free Trade Agreement is going to happen, someone up there will 'suicide'
Shawn Kong
Shawn Kong:
Even if it was a suicide, no one does it without a reason..... Must be threaten by someone
Shangquan Sun
Shangquan Sun:
Every time Korea, Japan, and China negotiate free trade zone, something strange happens, like Japanese Economy minister suicide in 2012, Japan-Korea trade war, Diaoyu Islands dispute and this time mayor suicide, etc. Guess why
Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit:
Whenever Japan, South Korea, and China try to establish the free trade zone, either someone from Japan and Korea who supports this idea magically died, or some disputes between these three countries randomly occurs. I wonder who is the one behind all of this. Also, notice how nearly no western media is reporting on this. I mean if you did some dirty tricks, you would not want people to notice a thing right?
Sounds like work of that cult again.
North Korea got to him
Kejian Shi
Kejian Shi:
He was a left-wing politician and those Korean oligarchs hated him. He was also an advocate of china-japan-korea free trade zone, which harms US interests. If I say he was killed, directly or indirectly, by CIA, would any one agree, at least some suspicion? edit: he sued the cult shincheonji church of jesus earlier. maybe that's another suspect. I don't see the alleged sexual harassment could lead to a suicide, it's just a scapegoat borrowed from 3 years ago.
Benjamin Xiong
Benjamin Xiong:
Looks like another victim of the CCP.
so much corruption in this country
Mit Hall
Mit Hall:
He saw through the Covid BS and was eliminated.
chantika putri
chantika putri:
Is it the causes of death still isn't release ?
A L:
If the sexual harassment is found to be a false claim, then.....
The Left Korean politicians = Sexual assault / harassment. He is the third Left politician caught with sexual assault case just this year.
Leonardo Da Kimchi
Leonardo Da Kimchi:
Ahh South Korea, the country owned by corporations. The problems of this country started when they decided NOT to adopt the US constitution.