Chun Doo-Hwan

Seoul unmasks terror of North Korea's assassination bid on its president

This dramatic image shows the fatal and chaotic moment a North Korean bomb blast rocked Myanmar in 1983. Photo: Kim Sang-Yeong

A Seoul newspaper has printed graphic, never-before-seen pictures of the bloody aftermath of North Korea's 1983 bid to assassinate South Korea's then president Chun Doo-Hwan.

Friday, 12 October, 2012, 3:19am

Power of one

In appearance, Room 509 in the black building in central Seoul's lively Namyeong district looks identical to the fitted bathrooms found in innumerable flats across Asia. But in spirit, it is closer to the dungeons dug under European castles, or the cellars where the Nazi Gestapo did their grisly work.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Lavish poverty

South Korea's former president, Chun Doo-hwan, claims his entire fortune is worth less than US$300. Yet he often plays golf at prime country clubs together with family members and associates and travels overseas with a big entourage. His wife recently planted an expensive tree at a golf course to celebrate her hole-in-one.

4 Jul 2003 - 12:00am


A career opposition politician, Kim Dae-jung has almost made a second career out of running for president: this is his fourth bid since 1971.

His willingness to stand up to former dictator Park Chung-hee earned him respect at home and abroad at the cost of 15 years - either in prison, under house arrest or in exile - and several attempts on his life.

18 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Encouraged by judgment

The decision of a South Korean court to sentence the former President Chun Doo-hwan to death and give a 22-year sentence to his successor Roh Tae-woo, will cause shock waves in several Asian capitals where human rights have been violated with impunity, and where these violations have been taken for granted.

31 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Kim rattles Korean cages

FEW leaders with as radical a reform programme as South Korea's Kim Young-sam's enjoy such popularity as he, even if it is only 100 days since he took office.

4 Jun 1993 - 12:00am