Best Hospitals - South Korea

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If you were asked to name the world's best hospitals, you might well have mentioned the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General and the University Hospital, Zurich. You might not have thought of the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm or Singapore General. But the researchers and experts who help build this authoritative list are keenly aware of what's going on in hospitals around the globe, and they can, with confidence, identify the ones that set the standard for excellent care. The table below shows the Global Top 100 Hospitals, #1-50 are ranked based on recommendations, #51-100 are listed alphabetically. If your hospital is listed below, you can find out more about the licensing options visiting the Statista website.

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RankHospitalScoreCityHospital BedsFootnote
1Asan Medical Center97.6%Seoul 2,935
2Samsung Medical Center94.2%Seoul 2,157
3Seoul National University Hospital93.4%Seoul 1,868
4Severance Hospital - Yonsei University91.7%Seoul 2,614
5Seoul National University - Bundang Hospital91.4%Seongnam 1,422
6Korea University - Anam Hospital88.2%Seoul 1,120
7The Catholic University Of Korea - Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital87.8%Seoul 1,453
8KyungHee University Medical Center87.4%Seoul 907
9Kangbuk Samsung Hospital87.3%Seoul 736
10Ajou University Hospital87.2%Suwon 1,274
11Chung-Ang University Hospital87.2%Seoul 889
12Chonnam National University Hospital87.1%Gwangju 1,156
13Gangnam Severance Hospital - Yonsei University86.6%Seoul 899
14The Catholic University Of Korea - Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital86.3%Seoul 483
15Inha University Hospital86.2%Incheon 1,010
16Konkuk University Medical Center85.5%Seoul 908
17Ewha Womans University Medical Center84.6%Seoul 705
18The Catholic University Of Korea - Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital84.6%Incheon 911
19Yeungnam University Medical Center84.5%Daegu 992
20Chungnam National University Hospital84.2%Daejeon 1,450
21Chonbuk National University Hospital84.1%Jeonju 1,246
22Pusan National University Hospital84.0%Busan 1,290
23Kyung Hee University - Hospital at Gangdong83.9%Seoul 711
24Gachon University - Gil Medical Center83.8%Incheon 1,555
25SoonChunHyang University Hospital - Cheonan83.8%Cheonan 964
26Hallym University - Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital83.7%Hwaseong 823
27Keimyung University - Dongsan Medical Center83.5%Daegu 1,004
28Pusan National University - Yangsan Hospital83.3%Yangsan 1,325
29Inje University - Haeundae Paik Hospital83.1%Busan 969
30Kosin University - Gospel Hospital83.1%Busan 1,011
31Hallym University - Sacred Heart Hospital83.1%Anyang 919
32SNU Boramae Medical Center82.6%Seoul 830
33Inje University - Busan Paik Hospital82.6%Busan 894
34Dong-A University Hospital82.5%Busan 1,050
35Daegu Catholic University Medical Center82.5%Daegu 940
36Kyungpook National University Hospital82.3%Daegu 989
37Ulsan University Hospital82.3%Ulsan 1,060
38Korea University - Guro Hospital82.2%Seoul 1,135
39National Health Insurance Service - Ilsan Hospital82.2%Goyang 888
40Korea University - Ansan Hospital81.8%Ansan 871
41KyungPook National University - Chilgok Hospital81.6%Daegu 685
42SoonChunHyang University Hospital - Seoul81.6%Seoul 789
43Dankook University Hospital81.4%Cheonan 876
44Gyeongsang National University Hospital81.1%Jinju 978
45Chungbuk National University Hospital80.8%Cheongju 905
46Wonju Severance Christian Hospital - Yonsei University80.6%Wonju 933
47Hanyang University Medical Center80.5%Seoul 925
48Jeju National University Hospital80.5%Jeju 720
49Chonnam National University - Hwasun Hospital80.3%Hwasun 718
50Chosun University Hospital80.1%Gwangju 910
51The Catholic University of Korea - Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital79.8%Uijeongbu 850
52Inje University - Ilsan Paik Hospital79.7%Goyang 731
53Catholic Kwandong University - International St. Mary’s Hospital79.7%Incheon 639
54Mediplex Sejong Hospital79.3%Incheon 328
55Kangwon National University Hospital79.1%Chuncheon 730
56Nowon Eulji Medical Center - Eulji University79.0%Seoul 574
57CHA Bundang Medical Center (CBMC) of CHA University79.0%Seongnam 976
58The Catholic University Of Korea - Daejeon St. Mary’s Hospital78.9%Daejeon 721
59Konyang University Hospital78.9%Daejeon 935
60SoonChunHyang University Hospital - Bucheon78.6%Bucheon 988
61Bundang Jesaeng Hospital78.4%Seongnam 662
62Hallym University - Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital78.4%Seoul 665
63Hanyang University - Guri Hospital78.3%Guri 613
64Wonkwang University Hospital77.9%Iksan 815
65Presbyterian Medical Center77.9%Jeonju 823
66Dongguk University - Ilsan Hospital77.8%Goyang 736
67Hallym University Chuncheon - Sacred Heart Hospital77.8%Chuncheon 463
68Gyeongsang National University - Changwon Hospital77.7%Changwon 632
69National Medical Center - Seoul77.2%Seoul 538
70H Plus Yangji Hospital77.1%Seoul 343
71Inje University - Sanggye Paik Hospital76.7%Seoul 682
72The Catholic University of Korea - Bucheon St. Mary’s Hospital76.5%Bucheon 702
73Samsung Changwon Hospital76.5%Changwon 823
74Daejeon Eulji Medical Center - Eulji University76.3%Daejeon 657
75The Catholic University of Korea - St. Vincent’s Hospital76.2%Suwon 979
76GangNeung Asan Hospital75.6%Gangneung 863
77Hallym University Hangang - Sacred Heart Hospital75.4%Seoul 300
78Daegu Fatima Hospital75.3%Daegu 722
79Pohang St. Mary’s Hospital74.8%Pohang 634
80Sun Medical Center74.0%Daejeon 449
81Hallym Hospital73.9%Incheon 491
82CheongJu Medical Center73.5%Cheongju 687
83Sejong Hospital73.4%Bucheon 369
84Inje University - Seoul Paik Hospital73.1%Seoul 261
85Busan Medical Center72.6%Busan 618
86G Sam Medical Center72.4%Gunpo 412
87Cheju Halla General Hospital72.4%Jeju 589
88Changwon Fatima Hospital72.2%Changwon 516
89Kwangju Christian Hospital71.5%Gwangju 633
90Seoul Medical Center71.1%Seoul 689
91Andong Sungso Hospital71.1%Andong 755
92Incheonsarang Hospital70.9%Incheon 378
93Sun General Hospital70.6%Daejeon 366
94Dongkang Medical Center70.4%Ulsan 630
95Bumin Hospital Haeundae70.1%Busan 403

Licensing Information:

If your hospital is listed above, you can find out more about the licensing options visiting the Statista website.

Global Board of Medical Experts:

The global board of medical experts was founded by Statista to support the World's Best Hospital Project. The board is an independent body that is tasked with the continuous development of the quality and scope of the project. Current members of the board of experts are listed here.


The World's Best Hospitals 2020 ranking lists the best hospitals in 20 countries (and one city-state): United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Thailand, Australia and Brazil.

The rankings are based on recommendations from medical professionals, results from patient surveys and key medical performance indicators.

Statista, in collaboration with trusted insurance provider GeoBlue, invited tens of thousands of medical professionals in the selected countries to an online survey from September to November 2019. The survey was also promoted on

The number of awards per country varied based on the number of hospitals and data availability. The U.S. had the most hospitals awarded, with 300, and U.S. hospitals are also recognized with a best in state award.

Scores are comparable only between hospitals in the same country. The study includes a Global Top 100 list.

Specialized hospitals, like heart or cancer hospitals, are displayed in a separate list, sorted alphabetically.

Download the full methodology here.

Download the methodology overview here.


1 - The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center: These hospitals reported discrepancies in the medical KPI data that was used to determine scores. No medical KPI was used to determine the score for this hospital. The score relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.

2 - kbo-Isar-Amper-Klinikum - München-Nord, Polyclinique du Parc Rambot - Provencale, Hôpital Bellevue, Clinique des Cèdres, Hôpital Emile Muller, Istituto Clinico Scientifico Maugeri - Veruno, Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo Forlanini, Ospedale Santa Croce e Carle, Ospedale Santa Croce di Fano, Ospedale San Luigi Gonzaga, Presidio di Conegliano, Ospedale Sant'Antonio di Padova, Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Maria, Ospedale Sant'Eugenio: No patient satisfaction data was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on results from medical KPIs and recommendations from medical experts.

3 - Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France, University Hospital Of Wales, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Brighton General Hospital, Withington Community Hospital, South West Acute Hospital, The Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade de Sao Paulo: No medical KPI was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.