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How does S. Korea's state funeral work and who does it apply to? Updated: 2021-10-27 17:07:15 KST

Historically, the South Korean government has been holding funerals for most former presidents largely in two types.
In the case of Kim Dae-jung and Park Chung-hee "state funerals" were held, which could last up to 9 days under the law that was in place then.
Roh Moo-hyun and Choi Kyu-hah had "national funerals" which could last up to 7 days.
Only two presidents had family funerals Rhee Syng-man and Yun Po-sun.

But in 2011, the law was revised to combine the previous state and national funerals to just one type of "state funeral".
And according to the law, a state funeral is held for a former or incumbent president, a president-elect,… or those who've made a significant contribution to the country and are revered by the people.

The first such kind was held for former President Kim Young-sam in 2015.

Under the law, a state funeral lasts for 5 days.
The event is organized by the Ministry of Interior and Safety, which sets up a funeral committee.
Headed by the Prime Minister, the committee is in charge of coordinating with local governments to set up memorial altars across the nation and organizing send-off and burial ceremonies.
Meanwhile, throughout the funeral period, all public institutions put up the national flag at half-mast.

And based on these procedures, South Korea will be holding its second state funeral for former President Roh Tae-woo.
Roh's rights to receive the usual courtesy given to former presidents has been scrapped due to his imprisonment, but the government said it took into consideration his significant contribution to the country.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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