Prior to being elected mayor, Park was a community and social justice activist. A noted political donor in Seoul, Park donated to political organizations and think tanks that advocated for grassroots solutions towards social, educational, environmental, and political issues.  

In 2006 Park Won-soon received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service for “his principled activism fostering social justice, fair business practices, clean government, and a generous spirit in South Korea’s young democracy.”

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