South Korea is a sovereign state in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighboured by China to the west, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north. With an estimated population of 50 million, it covers a total area 98,480 square kilometres which includes partially forested mountain ranges separated by deep, narrow valleys. Its main exports are wireless telecommunications equipment, motor vehicles and computers. Korea was one nation under the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties until the end of the Korean Empire in 1910, when Japan began a 35-year period of colonial rule. Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers in 1945 and three years later the country split in two, beginning decades of conflict between North and South. The current president of The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is Park Geun-hye. She is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea.
In Garibong-dong, one of Seoul's de-facto Chinatowns, bilingual signs in Korean and Chinese line the streets, eateries serve Northern Chinese cuisine, radios play old Chinese songs and many passersby speak Putonghua.Monday, 2 March, 2015, 3:04pm 2 comments
South Korea's spy agency allowed a chink of daylight into its shadowy world as it threw open its doors to foreign media.5 Feb 2015 - 7:06am
A Korean Air flight attendant has described being insulted and shamed by the airline's executive who ordered him removed and the plane returned over a dispute about macadamia nuts.14 Dec 2014 - 6:37am 5 comments
South Korean officials expressed fear yesterday of a huge death toll among more than 50 fishermen who remain missing after their ship sank amid high waves in the freezing waters of the western Bering Sea.3 Dec 2014 - 8:42am
Planes were grounded and air-force drills rescheduled as South Korea went into "hush" mode while nearly 650,000 students sat the annual college entrance exam that will help define their futures in an ultra-competitive society.14 Nov 2014 - 5:31pm
Katie Mulrennan comes from a country that has produced some of the world's finest authors, poets and raconteurs. But it was her compatriots' supposed prodigious drinking that determined the outcome of her application for a teaching job in Seoul.10 Nov 2014 - 8:50pm 3 comments
South Korean children are the least happy in a survey of youngsters in 30 countries which examined how satisfied they were with their lives.5 Nov 2014 - 3:04am
A military manhunt was under way for a South Korean soldier who shot and killed five members of his own unit at a guard post on the border with North Korea.22 Jun 2014 - 4:57am
The government approved a US$7 billion project to build two nuclear plants, a boost for an industry struggling to emerge from the shadow of Japan's Fukushima disaster and the first approval since a policy review sparked by a safety scandal at Korean reactors.30 Jan 2014 - 3:52am
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea on Wednesday to push a pet project for a new major trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea.13 Nov 2013 - 1:53pm
Hyundai Motor, South Korea’s largest car maker, posted its first increase in net profit for a year in the third quarter with strong sales in China and Brazil offsetting poor domestic performance.
Net profit was up 3.9 per cent in the July-September period from a year earlier at US$2.1 billion, the company said.24 Oct 2013 - 4:58pm
Nuclear energy should account for between 22 per cent and 29 per cent of power generation capacity by 2035, compared with a 41 per cent goal introduced in the previous long-term plan in 2008, South Korea's energy ministry said, citing the findings of a working group of academics and state officials.14 Oct 2013 - 5:02am
South Korea’s prime minister called for a national “language purification” campaign on Wednesday as the country observed Hangul Day marking the invention of the Korean alphabet more than five centuries ago.9 Oct 2013 - 4:01pm
North Korea on Wednesday condemned South Korea’s “lunatic hostility” in staging a military parade that showcased a cruise missile capable of precision strikes against the leadership in Pyongyang.
Tuesday’s display of weaponry in Seoul was the largest for a decade, involving 11,000 troops, 120 aircraft, tanks, heavy artillery and a range of missiles.2 Oct 2013 - 10:43am 1 comment
South Korea displayed its longest-range missile capable of striking all of North Korea, and other sophisticated weapons, at a military parade yesterday, a display of force meant to show Pyongyang that any provocation would be met with strong retaliation.2 Oct 2013 - 10:55pm