A 114-year-old woman in Guri, currently the oldest living person in South Korea, has asked the national recordkeeping agency to help her seek the world's oldest living person title in the Guinness Book of World Records, a
local government said Thursday.
According to the city of Guri, some 15 kilometers east of Seoul, Kim Eom-gok, born on Nov. 7 1897, has reported her identity to the Korea Record Institution (KRI), which is in charge of managing South Korea's records, claiming that she is the oldest living person in the world.
The KRI will register Kim with the international body of the Guinness World Records after verifying her claim, said the local government.
Last year Kim was named the oldest resident in Gyeonggi Province, to which Guri belongs.
The Guinness-verified world's oldest living person is American Besse Berry Brown, born on Aug. 26, 1896. She holds the title after the death of American Eunice Sanborn on Jan. 31 at the age of 115. (Yonhap News)