Hwang Woo-yea (Korean: 황우여, Hanja: 黃祐呂; born 3 August 1947) is a Korean jurist, politician, and former chairman of the Saenuri Party.[1][2] As of 2012 Hwang represents the electorate centred on Yeonsu District, Incheon in the National Assembly of South Korea.[2]

Hwang Woo-yea
Deputy Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
19 November 2014 – 12 January 2016
Serving with Choi Kyoung-hwan
PresidentPark Geun-hye
Hwang Kyo-ahn (Acting)
Prime MinisterChung Hong-won
Lee Wan-koo
Choi Kyoung-hwan (Acting)
Hwang Kyo-ahn
Preceded bySeo Nam-see
Succeeded byLee Joon-sik
Minister of Education
In office
8 August 2014 – 12 January 2016
Preceded bySeo Nam-soo
Succeeded byLee Joon-sik
Chairman of the Saenuri Party
In office
15 May 2012 – 14 May 2014
Preceded byPark Geun-hye
Succeeded byLee Wan-koo (Interim)
Member of the National Assembly
In office
30 May 2000 – 29 May 2016
Preceded bySeo Han-saem
Succeeded byPark Chan-dae (Yeonsu A)
Min Kyung-wook (Yeonsu B)
ConstituencyYeonsu (Incheon)
In office
30 May 1996 – 29 May 2000
ConstituencyProportional representation
Personal details
Born (1947-08-03) 3 August 1947 (age 72)
Incheon, South Korea
CitizenshipSouth Korean
Political partySaenuri Party
Alma materSeoul National University
Hwang Woo-yea
Revised RomanizationHwang Uyeo
McCune–ReischauerHwang Uyŏ

Hwang studied law at Seoul National University.[2] He was a judge in courts in Seoul and other jurisdictions[which?] in South Korea before entering politics.[1] Hwang has been elected to the constituency he represents five times.[1][2]

In 2016 Hwang placed third on the Rainbow Vote list of 22 most homophobic politicians. He is well known for his role as the chair of the National Breakfast Prayer Committee meeting and as a key architect of anti-gay legislations in Korea. In 2014 he participated in organizing the International Solidarity Agency to Stop Global Homosexuality,[3][4] a collaboration between Korean evangelicals and their counterparts in Haiti.


  • Graduated from Incheon Songnim National School
  • Graduated from Incheon Middle School
  • Graduation from Jaemulpo High School
  • L.L.B Faculty of Law, Seoul National University
  • Master's in Constitutional Studies, Seoul National University
  • Doctor's in Constitution Studies, Seoul National University


  1. ^ a b c "Hwang Woo-yea elected new ruling party leader". The Korea Times. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d Lee, Eun-joo (16 May 2012). "Saenuri elects new leaders". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  3. ^ "아이티와 '지구촌 동성애 저지 국제연대' 창설 추진-교회연합신문-The Ecumenical press". www.ecumenicalpress.co.kr. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Rainbow Voters Declaration". Rainbow Vote. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.