Chung Mong-koo, honorary chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, who had been hospitalized for treatment of chronic diseases, left the hospital four months later and returned home.
Chung was discharged from Asan Medical Center in Songpa-gu, Seoul, and returned to his home in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Chung was hospitalized around mid-July to treat colonic diverticulitis, business sources said on Nov. 27.
There were rumors that Chung is in critical condition due to a prolonged hospitalization period, but he has reportedly been discharged from hospital after completing treatment and recovering to an extent that his daily life will not be disrupted.
According to the sources, Chung was originally scheduled to leave the hospital after completing treatment for inflammation, but he extended the hospitalization period to prevent infection as the spread of the COVID-19 continued.
"He is 82 years so that he seems to have had enough stability and rest rather than hurrying to leave the hospital," a business source said.
On Oct. 14, Chung made a decision to hand over the group's chairmanship to Chung Eui-sun, then senior vice chairman of Hyundai Motor Group.