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Past, Present and Future of SNUH

For the past century, SNUH has

protected the national health

and led medical advancement in South Korea.

We started from Jejungwon, the first western-style national hospital in South Korea founded in 1885, went through the College of Medicine of Seoul National University founded in 1978, and finally reached today’s SNUH, a special corporation.

In addition to the main hospital, SNUH consists of the Children’s Hospital, the Cancer Hospital and the Biomedical Research Institute. We hold 1,751 beds, providing medical care for 9,000 outpatients a day with 8,000 employees including 1,800 doctors.

SNUH is rigorously advancing towards its goal of becoming a global hospital that protects human health. In particular, all our people at SNUH are committed to making this hospital a patient-focused one, under our declared vision of  ‘BreakThrough21, Korean medicine toward the world.’


The mandate of SNUH is to promote the development of medicine and contribute to improvements in Korea’s public health by providing education, research, examination, and treatment in medicine, nursing and pharmacology, as specified in the Korean Education Law.


Clinical education for students at SNU in medicine, nursing and pharmacology

Training of residents and medical staff

Research on medicine, nursing and pharmacology

Clinical research

Medical care business

Conducting projects to enhance the national health

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