Kim Chan, who was the Deputy Administrator of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHA), has been promoted to be the administrator position at the age of 53. He was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do and graduated from Gyeonggi high school, and the University of Seoul.
His major was Department of Urban Administration. After he passed the 25th Civil Service Examination in 1981, he worked for the Ministry of Finance and transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Public Information. It was the start of his tie in the areas of culture. After working as the representative of various organizations related to the cultural industry, he transferred to the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea in 2009.
Although he is a devout Christian, he has never had any issues with the Buddhism circle which obviously have a long history in Korea. He seems to be able to keep his private and public life separate. Therefore, he is thought to be the right person to round off the policies the present government needs to fulfill.