Night of Full Moon: What Moon Jae In’s Triumph at South Korean Presidential Election Means in East Asia

Moon rose overnight. The long journey started since the break out of Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil scandal which led the impeachment of Park ended by Moon Jae In’s Winning at South Korean Presidential Election on May 9, 2017. Around 9:45pm, one-and-half hour after the commencement of vote counting, Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) predicted that Moon would be elected by the chance of 95%. With the vote turn-out rate of 77.2% Moon Jae-in won by 41.1% winning 17.1% of votes than Hong Jun-pyo, the second-most supported candidate.


Domestically, the election result implies various social phenomena. Moon’s winning symbolizes the triumph of the liberal after a decade ruled by the conservatives. It shows the dichotomy between the young and the old and weakened political inclination between the west and the east in South Korea. However, what can be anticipated in the more global spectrum, especially in scope of international relations in East Asia?

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