Park Geun-hyei

Park Geun-hye is the daughter of South Korea's former dictator, the late president Park Chung-hee. On December 19, 2012, Park - a Conservative - narrowly won the election to make history as South Korea's first female president. Born on February 2, 1952, she was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP) between 2004 and 2006 and between 2011 and 2012 (the GNP changed its name to Saenuri Party in February 2012). Park has already served as South Korea's first lady, after her mother was killed in the 1970s. 

  • South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol opened the Blue House to the public as part of his pledge to abandon the palace and establish his offices elsewhere
  • What once was a little-visited, heavily secured mountainside landmark – named after its distinctive blue roof – now allows a maximum of 39,000 visitors per day

Yoon Suk-yeol, opposition candidate, criticises An Chi-hwan’s track for ‘crossing certain lines’; some say song is about Yoon’s wife Kim Keon-hee but singer says it’s about mastermind behind disgraced former President Park Geun-hye.


South Korean film student Oh Se-yeon talks to the Post about her documentary Fanatic, a film festival hit that examines what happens to fans when they see their K-pop idols accused of crimes.


Heo Kyung-young’s claims to be able to levitate and work miracles have left him open to ridicule, but his more down-to-earth targeting of corrupt politicians have some calling him a saviour of the working class.

The all-male group – including professors, schoolteachers and two Buddhist monks – gathered on Friday after Lee invoked a rarely used option to review legal cases.

It’s not just the coronavirus and the Shincheonji Church. Cults have been linked to a host of Korean scandals, from the Sewol ferry disaster to a president’s impeachment.


The Supreme Court ordered the retrial of Lee, who was convicted for bribery in a case that helped bring down former president Park Geun-hye. The decision comes as Samsung faces headwinds caused by global trade disputes.

Samsung Group heir Lee Jae-yong faces a return to jail if the Supreme Court rules against him in a high-profile corruption case, potentially dealing a further blow to the group which is already suffering as a result of export curbs by Japan and the US-China trade war.

The marches that involved an estimated 2 million people have inspired a range of views from the region’s citizens and direct action veterans. Some see hope in Hongkongers’ audacity, while others go from condemnation to ambivalence.

The 2016 marches against then president Park Geun-hye sparked attempts to paint protesters as North Korean supporters. Hongkongers opposed to the extradition bill must resist attempts to divide them, whatever their political differences.


The predictions, delivered to the disgraced former president by police, covered a range of topics from diplomacy and national security to the economy and the president’s personal luck.

The family-run conglomerates that power South Korea’s economy have long been above listening to individual shareholders – or ants. But as the scandals mount, and take down presidents, those ants are fighting back.

The Seoul High Court finds that Park colluded with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive tens of billions of won from major conglomerates to help Choi’s family and fund non-profit foundations owned by her.

Sohn Suk-hee, whose investigative reporting led to the impeachment and prosecution of former president Park Geun-hye, urges Hong Kong democracy activists to persevere.

With his predecessor Park Geun-hye the latest to be jailed, Moon Jae-in faces a challenging political system where constitutional reform may prove difficult