Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans - REBOOTED, Part III: Lu Xun and First Lady Yook Young-soo (1920-1974), Second Part (중편) - Her Assassination during Black Gwangbokjeol 1974

First Lady Yook Young-soo's Final Moment seems tragic for me.

At 10:23 a.m, 15th August 1974 - 29th Anniversary of Gwangbokjeol, Yook Young-soo was shot and killed by Moon Se-gwang (Japanese name: Nanjou Seikou), a North Korean sympathizer Zainichi Korean, during an attempt by Mun to assassinate President Park Chung-hee. It was occurred in the National Theatre of Korea at 59 Jangchungdan Avenue/Jangchungdanno, Jangchung-dong 2-ga 14-67 beonji, Seoul Jung-gu.

The assassination occurred at the Seoul National Theatre of Korea during an Independence Day ceremony. Moon intended to shoot Park in the theatre lobby. However, his view was obstructed, and he was forced to enter and be seated near the back of the theatre. During Park's address, he attempted to get closer to the President but inadvertently fired his Smith & Wesson .38 revolver prematurely, injuring himself. Having alerted security, he then ran down the theatre aisle firing wildly. His second bullet hit the left side of the podium from which Park was delivering his speech. This third bullet was a misfire. His fourth bullet struck Yook Young-soo in the head, seriously wounding her. His last bullet went through a flag decorating the rear of the stage. A bullet fired by Park Jong-gyu one of the President's security, in response to Mun's attack, ricocheted off a wall and killed a high school student from Seongdong Women's Vocational High School (present-day Seongdong Global Business High School), Jang Bong-hwa. 

Immediately following the capture of Moon, Park ever disciplined, resumed his scheduled speech despite the wounding of his wife and her being carried from the stage. Following it's completion he picked up his wife's handbag and shoes and left.

Yook was rushed to the hospital in Wonnam-dong, Seoul Jongno-gu. Dr. Shim Bo-seong who was chief of the hospital’s neurosurgery department began operating on Yook at 11 a.m. and which lasted for over 5 hours. The bullet hit the biggest vein on the right side of brain and remained lodged within her brain. Yook’s blood type was AB, which is a rare blood type and was in short supply in Korea. As a result hospital staff had to obtain additional blood from other nearby hospitals and the Red Cross Blood Service. The surgery was unable to save her life and she died at 7:00 p.m. that same day.

Yook Young-soo is buried next to her husband (Assassinated by Kim Jae-kyu in 26th October 1979) at the Seoul National Cemetery, Dongjak-dong, Seoul Dongjak-gu and received state funeral on 19th August 1974.


Moon Se-gwang (center, flanked with police officers), the person who killed First Lady Yook Young-soo.

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