Introducing the history of
SAEMAUL UNDONG which has been running from 1970s to now.


Oct. 10, 2019.
Organized the Saemaul Training for the Member Countries
Feb. 19, 2019.
Declared a great transformation of Saemaul Undong
(at the General Assembly)
June 11, 2018.
Decided to promote the movement of life, peace, and reverence
(The 219th Board of Directors)
May 19, 2017.
Established the first ‘Saemaul Cooperative’ in South Jeolla-Do.
Oct. 20, 2016.
Declared ‘Raising Birth-Rate’ Campaign to counter low birthrate-aging society.
Oct. 19, 2016.
Launched the Saemaul Undong Global League (SGL) (33 countries joined).
Apr. 22, 2016.
Declared Home Saemaul Undong (Sweet home, Sound community).
Feb. 19, 2016.
Relocated Korea Saemaul Undong Center
(Daechi 2-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, → Saemaul-ro 257, Bundang-gu, Seongnam).
Jan. 27, 2015.
Won a Presidential Citation for national records management.
Oct. 21, 2014.
Held the first Global Saemaul Leadership Forum (GSLF).
Dec. 1, 2013.
Established Saemaul Undong Research Institute.
June 18, 2013.
Saemaul Undong records were designated as UNESCO's ‘the Memory of the World’ by UNESCO.
Nov. 27, 2011.
Saemaul Undong records were designated as Korea's National Archives (No. 6).
Apr. 22, 2011.
Held a ceremony and built a monument for the first Saemaul Day.
Mar. 8, 2011.
Amended ‘Support of Saemaul Movement Organization Act’
(Law No. 10438) to inaugurate ‘Saemaul Day(April 22)’.


Dec. 2007.
Peformed volunteering activities to curb a oil spill inTaean (up to Feb. 2008).
July 23, 2002.
Became a member of the UN Economic and Social Council as an NGO (registered status).
Nov. 30, 2001.
Opened “saemaul.com (www.saemaul.com).”
Aug. 2001.
Performed 2002 World Cup Saemaul Undong (up to Dec.2002).
Mar. 1, 2001.
Closed Southern Training Institute in Jangseong.
July 2000.
Performed Unification Saemaul Undong (an aid project for North Korea) (up to2005).
June 25, 2000.
Relocated the office of Korea Saemaul Undong Center
(Hwagok 6-dong, Gangseo-gu → Daechi 2-dong, Gangnam-gu).
Apr. 21, 2000.
Consolidated the Factory Workers’ Saemaul Undong Center to the Saemaul Office and Factory Association.
Apr. 19, 2000.
Changed the name from Saemaul Undong Central Association toKorea Saemaul Undong Center.
Apr. 10, 2000.
Acquired membership for the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).


Jan. 1, 1999.
Consolidated membership organization offices.
Oct. 1998.
Led a nationwide social safety net movement (up to2005).
Nov. 24, 1997.
Pushed for a patriotic campaign for Collecting Gold Ring (in response to the Asian Financial Crisis).
Mar. 29, 1997.
Led the 3 Million Saemaul Families Saving KRW 3 Trillion Movement for economic recovery (up to Sept.1997).
June 30, 1995.
Conducted volunteering activities in the wake of the Sampoong Department Store collapse (up to July1995).
Apr. 28, 1995.
Performed volunteering activities in response to the 1995 Daegu gas explosions (up to May1995).
Nov. 13, 1990.
Led ‘the More Work campaign for 30 minutes’.
Oct. 1991.
Led the new life practice movement (up to Oct.1991).
Jan. 1, 1990.
Changed the name of training institutes
(Seongnam Training Institute → Central Training Institute)
(Jangseong Training Institute → Southern Training Institute).


Mar. 21, 1989.
Changed the name 'from Saemaul Undong Central Headquartersto Saemaul Undong Central Association'.
Apr. 17, 1987.
Led Saemaul Undong Campaign for 1988 Seoul Olympic Games (up to Oct.1988).
Sept. 1986.
Performed volunteering activities for the 10th Seoul Asian Games (up to Oct.1986).
Apr. 15, 1985.
Opened Jangseong Training Institute (approved on June 26, 1984).
Feb. 11, 1984.
Federation of Saemaul Credit Unions beame a member organization.
Dec. 31, 1983.
Saemaul Leaders Training Institute was incorporated into
Saemaul Undong Central Headquarters(Seongnam Training Institute).
Oct. 20, 1983.
Approved the establishment of Saemaul branches in cities, guns (counties)
and gus (districts) (started to operate on Mar. 21, 1984).
Apr. 26, 1983.
Opened Saemaul Undong Museum in Saemaul Undong Central Training Institute.
Oct. 1, 1981.
The Saemaul Library Association became a member organization.
Oct 1, 1981.
Approved the establishment of Saemaul branches in provinces and cities (started to operate on Sept. 1, 1982).
Mar. 5, 1981.
Relocated Saemaul Undong Central Headquarters (1093 Hwagok 6-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul).
Dec. 19, 1980.
Approved as a legally recognized organization by the Ministry of the Interior.
Dec. 13, 1980.
‘The Support of the Saemaul Movement Organization Act’ was signed into law (Law No. 3269).
Dec. 1, 1980.
Saemaul Male Leader’s Association, Female Leader’s Association, Office Workers’ Association,
and Factory Workers’ Saemaul Headquarters became member organizations.
Dec. 1, 1980.
Established Saemaul Undong Central Headquarters (25-1 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul).
Sept. 11, 1980.
Saemaul Male Leader’s Association and Saemaul Female Leader’s Association were established.


January 25, 1973
The Saemaul Medal was added to the government award system.
July 2, 1972
Education for Saemaul leaders began.
January 14, 1972
The Saemaul Training Institute for Productive Farmers opened
April 22, 1970
"Saemaul Undong" or "Improve Our Village Campaign" was proclaimed.