Presidents of South Korea

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

Im's film slams failings of Korea's political rulers

Power and the powerless: Maui Taylor (left) and Yoon Yeo-jeong inThe Taste of Money.

With both of South Korea's leading political parties having confirmed their nominees for the presidential election on December 19, the race to become the country's next leader has finally begun.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:28am

Voice for the silenced

It might have shocked South Koreans and ignited a searing controversy in the country, but Silenced has yet to bring closure to the victims of the sex crimes the film so harrowingly depicts.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Podcast pulls no punches in savage attacks

They don't so much court controversy as demand it. In a nation where respect for leaders lingers, an unlikely quartet of internet broadcasters are bypassing traditional media and pushing the frontiers of satire in their gloves-off attacks on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Holiday crisis hits S Korea

Last week, Baat Gwaa told you about the importance of work-life balance. This week, I heard from a friend about a ridiculous phenomenon in South Korea called 'holiday deficit'.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Talk with Kim Jong-il doesn't come cheap

The notion of a summit between South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il once seemed so far-fetched as to be hardly worth considering. Now, rumours of another North-South summit reverberate through Seoul as if it might actually happen this year.

16 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Seoul man loses his mojo

Seldom can the fortunes of a national leader have fallen so far, so fast. Lee Myung-bak - South Korea's conservative president, who was elected in December and took power in February - came to office amid scenes approaching jubilation.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Realist Lee to bring new era of pragmatism

South Korean president-elect to be firm but friendly with North

A new era of pragmatism is set to unfold in South Korea today with President Lee Myung-bak's inauguration.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The missing link

The inauguration on Monday of Lee Myung-bak as South Korea's new president opens the door for a revitalisation of the country's alliance with the United States. This relationship has been severely tested and strained in recent years, as a result of policy differences and more fundamental 'vision' differences between Washington and Seoul.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

US, South Korea quietly get relations back on track

Could a major shift be under way in US-South Korean relations? The question arose during a visit to Washington by an intriguing emissary of the incoming South Korean government of President-elect Lee Myung-bak.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Promising new start for South Korea

The landslide presidential victory of conservative Lee Myung-bak is good news for South Korea, for the United States, for their alliance and - if responded to appropriately and wisely - for North Korea as well.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Into the fray

South Korean president-elect Lee Myung-bak has pledged a new era of economic reform and close scrutiny of aid to North Korea. He has a long career, in business and politics, of making good on his promises. But he also faces opposition from liberals and leftists, who first want to embarrass him in a non-stop corruption scandal and then frustrate his plans.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Frontrunner for S Korean presidency denies fraud

Rivals accused of smear tactics on eve of leadership poll

The frontrunner in South Korea's presidential polls asserted his innocence in financial-fraud allegations yesterday, the eve of the election.

Lee Myung-bak, of the conservative Grand National Party, also blasted rivals for smear tactics that he said would fail to halt his march to office.

19 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Bracing for a sea change in policy on Pyongyang

For an indication of what is at stake in tomorrow's South Korean presidential election, just consider the progress involving North Korea over the past year.

The door to the world's last Stalinist state is creaking open.

18 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Conservative rides high on S Koreans' hope for change

Conservative candidate Lee Myung-bak looks set to win South Korea's presidency with a landslide in Wednesday's election - the last polls before the ballot gave him ratings of more than 40 per cent, while liberal rival Chung Dong-young mustered only 15-17 per cent.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am