Liberal Party (South Korea)

The Liberal Party (Korean자유당; Hanja自由黨) was a political party in South Korea established in 1951 by Syngman Rhee.

Liberal Party

LeaderLee Jae-hak
FounderSyngman Rhee
Founded17 December 1951
Dissolved24 January 1970
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
IdeologyKorean nationalism
National conservatism[1]
One-People Principle[2]
Political positionFar-right[2][3]


As the 1952 Presidential Elections neared, Rhee made public his intention to organize a party during his August 15 Speech in 1951.[4] Rhee called Yi Bum-seok, then the ambassador in China, and charged him with creating the Liberal Party. Yi used the strong organizational base of "Chosun Youth Nationalist League" as a starting point and incorporated the major five organizations: "Korean Citizens Council", "Korean Federation of Labor", "Peasant Federation", Korean Council of Wives" as temporary sub-organizations under the Liberal Party.


  1. ^ 《현대 한국정치 이론: 역사 현실 1945 ~ 2011》240p ~ 265p
  2. ^ a b 강준만, ed. (2004). 한국 현대사 산책 1950년대편 2 : 6·25 전쟁에서 4·19 전야까지. 인물과사상사. ISBN 9788988410943.
  3. ^ 서중석 (2020). 사진과 그림으로 보는 한국 현대사 (개정). 웅진지 (Woongjin Books). ISBN 9788901243733.
  4. ^ Joong-Seok Seo, The Korean War and Rise in Power of the Rhee Syngman Regime, History Review《역사비평》, 9 (Summer 1990) p.141