The Embassy of South Korea in Berlin
Amb. Cho Hyun-ok
Cho Hyun-ok (Korean: 조현옥; Hanja: 趙顯玉; born 21 September 1956), also known as Cho Hyun-ock, is a South Korean politician previously served as President Moon Jae-in's first Senior Presidential Secretary for Personnel Affairs - the first woman to assume such post - and currently serving as his ambassador to Germany from 2020. After working at research institutes and civil societies, Cho joined the office of Senior Presidential Secretary for Personnel Affairs under then-President Roh Moo-hyun. She later joined Park Won-soon-led Seoul Metropolitan Government as its director of Women and Family Policy Affairs Office. Cho previously worked with Moon during his 2017 presidential campaign as its vice chair of gender equality committee. After serving as his first Senior Presidential Secretary for Personnel Affairs from 2017 to 2019, Cho was appointed as his second ambassador to Germany in November 2020. Cho holds three degrees in politics - a bachelor and a master's from Ewha Womans University and a doctorate from Heidelberg University.
Germany and South Korea began their official diplomatic relations in 1883 and ever since these two countries have worked closely together. Based on special shared experiences they have strong relations in many fields like that of politics, economy, society and culture have been increasing intensively.
In 2015, bilateral relations centred on the 25th anniversary of German Unity as well as on commemorations marking 70 years of Korean partition.
Cultural exchange between South Korea and Germany is intensive and wide-ranging. Germany and its culture – especially classical music and literature – are held in high regard in South Korea.