Park Chung-Hee

South Korea swears in first female president, Park Geun-hye

South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, is sworn in. Photo: EPA

Taking the oath of office in front of 70,000 people gathered in front of the National Assembly building in Seoul, Park Geun-hye called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions and rejoin the international community.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Ghosts of presidents past haunt South Korea vote

Park Geun-hye (left), the ruling Saenuri Party's candidate, and Moon Jae-in of the opposition Democratic United Party. Photos: EPA and AFP

South Koreans choose a new leader on Wednesday in an election shadowed by the ghosts of two dead presidents – Park Chung-hee and Roh Moo-hyun.

18 Dec 2012 - 12:42pm

South Korean artist may face suit for political spoof work

Hong Sung-dam's satirical painting is being shown as part of a show in Seoul on ex-dictator Park Chung-hee's military rule. Photo: AFP

South Korea's ruling party has threatened to sue an artist who painted its presidential candidate giving birth to her father, former dictator Park Chung-hee, likening the work to Nazi propaganda.

The painting by left-wing artist Hong Sung-dam is being shown as part of an exhibition in Seoul that offers a critical perspective on Park's 1961-79 military rule.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:59am

S Korea dictator’s daughter apologises for abuses

Presidential candidate Park Geun-hye offers her “sincere apologies” on Monday to victims of the repressive rule of her late father. Photo: EPA

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her apologies on Monday to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

People power the key

The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, may look like an ordinary citizen with an ordinary face and an ordinary haircut, but he is no ordinary government official.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Seoul leader's HK trip a study of contrasts

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon sought to keep things frugal during his recent two-day trip to Hong Kong - in contrast to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who has recently come under fire for luxury hotel stays and trips.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Seoul survivor

He was once despatched to assassinate a South Korean president, but Kim Shin-jo was delighted at last week's inauguration of conservative Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. 'There has been something wrong in our society,' Mr Kim, 67, said of the past 10 years of liberal rule in Seoul. 'I believe Lee will defend freedom.'

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Dare to bare

Residents of a northeastern province will soon get the chance to decide whether they want the country's first nudist beach to be set up in their backyard. If the proposal meets with approval, Kangwon province will select a secluded, undeveloped site for those who dare to bare.

17 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Happy ending?

The family story of former president Park Chung-hee symbolises South Korea's tragic modern history. Park's wife was killed in 1975 when a Pyongyang-inspired assassin shot her after missing the prime target, the president. Park himself was gunned down in 1979 by the head of his own intelligence agency who was unhappy with the way he was running the country.

17 Dec 2004 - 12:00am