Former South Korean President returns to his hometown to work as a farmer

Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife have returned to their hometown of Yangsan and will live out their post-presidency lives as true farmers.

Former President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook returned to their home in the southeastern South Korean city of Yangsan yesterday after attending the inauguration of President Yoon Suk-yeol.

“When I got home, I was relieved to finally have everything done safely,” he said at home.

Mr. Moon said he would spend his post-presidency life as a farmer, working on the farm and enjoying makgeolli, a Korean rice wine, with townspeople.

Former President Moon Jae-in and his wife wave to supporters as they arrive in Yangsan, South Korea May 10.  Photo: Yonhap.

Former President Moon Jae-in and his wife wave to supporters as they arrive in Yangsan, South Korea May 10. Picture: Yonhap.

Moon Jae-in and his wife boarded a KTX bullet train at Seoul Station yesterday morning to return to their hometown, 420 km away, with some former aides and lawmakers from the opposition Democratic Party.

About 1,000 supporters gathered at Seoul Station to bid farewell to the former president and his wife, with many banners reading “You’re always my superstar” or “I love Moon Jae-in.”

“As promised when I became president, I returned to the rural town where I used to live.

He put his arm around his wife’s shoulders and assured her that he would live well. The former South Korean president, who left office on May 9, said he wanted to be forgotten and would not enter politics after retiring.

“I will live a free life with my wife,” he said.

President Yoon Suk-yeol, 61, won the March 9 election with 48.6 percent of the vote. He did not enter the Blue House to work because he considered it a “symbol of feudal power” and decided to move his office to the Defense Ministry compound in the central district of Yongsan, Seoul.

than tam (Corresponding Yonnhap)