March 04, 2021

‘The big hunt’: When North Korean agents almost killed South Korea’s president

North Korea came dangerously close to assassinating President Park Chung-hee in the Blue House in Seoul on Jan. 21, 1968

Late in the evening on Jan. 21, 1968, the inhabitants of downtown Seoul were woken by the sound of intense gunfire from the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence.

The “January 21 Incident,” also known as the “Blue House Raid,” refers to when North Korean special forces attempted to assassinate President Park Chung-hee with the hope this would spark revolution in the South.