June 22, 2017 12:00
A considerable number of people with the same name as disgraced ex-president Park Geun-hye are seeking to change their names.
Four Park Geun-hyes applied to the Seoul Family Court in November and December of last year to have their names changed, followed by two more this year.
There were 12 other cases in different courts in Seoul this year, and altogether 18 people called Park Geun-hye changed their names in Seoul in the first five months of this year. Across the nation there are probably many more who have taken the same steps.
One Park Geun-hye, an office worker, applied to have her name changed early this year because she got tired of hearing people tell her that she had the same name as the president or others asking her if she wanted to be a politician.
She became increasingly stressed after the massive influence-peddling and corruption scandal involving the president surfaced. She chose a different name and won court permission to do so.
Another Park Geun-hye said, "I was startled every time I heard the former president's name on the news."
Courts grant the application as long as there are no serious problems like the applicant trying to dodge debts or pull off anything illegal. A court staffer said, "There is a tendency for people whose names are associated with individuals involved in major events to seek to change their names."
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