Park Geun-hye illustration by Joe Cummings

Park Geun-hye became the 11th president of South Korea in February 2013 and northeast Asia’s first female leader.


The daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, she served as her father's first lady from 1974 following the assassination of her mother, Yuk Young-soo.

South Korea’s high stakes missile deployment

China and the US should see the rising risks of confrontation and talk

South Korea anti-graft law sparks backlash

Lobby groups warn hospitality curbs could damp spending

S Korea plans stimulus in wake of Brexit

Seoul eying $17bn move to boost growth and cushion risks

South Korea economic slowdown deepens

Weak data deal fresh blow to Park and add to pressure for rate cut

South Korea voters deliver blow to Park

Sluggish economy results in new majority party

Park party loses majority in South Korea

Big blow to president who now faces struggle to push through reforms

US missile spat tests Seoul-Beijing ties

Deployment proposal linked to policy directed at Pyongyang

Tensions rise on Seoul’s Kaesong closure

S Korea stands by move after N Korea’s nuclear bomb tests

Sanctions fail to halt N Korea nuclear tests

Analysts see little hope new measures will cripple Pyongyang

S Korean ‘comfort women’ reject accord

Former sex slaves say Seoul caved in to Japan to end dispute

S Korea’s new finance minister vows reform

Yoo Il-ho to embark on structural changes to avert risk of crisis

Reporter cleared of defaming Korea’s Park

Japanese journalist’s case fuelled fears of crackdown on dissent

Freedom fears as S Korea targets chat app

Kakao boss charged for failing to stop teens sharing lewd selfies

Talks herald thaw in Japan-S Korea relations

Move to resolve dispute over colonial-era abuse of women

Deal to push for revival of N Korea talks

East Asian agreement comes amid signs of Pyongyang arms progress

China, Japan and S Korea to talk in Seoul

Resurrection of talks after three-year hiatus points to possible thaw

South Korea takes control of its history

President accused of exploiting leftwing ideology fears in pushing for government-produced books

Park youth jobs fund stokes S Korean angst

Fund derided as “example of a policy initiative just to show off”

Park to attend China’s war commemorations

South Korea becomes second US ally to accept Beijing’s invitation

SK Hynix considers $39bn investment

Move comes after Chey freed from prison in bid to boost growth

S Korea grapples with contradiction of ‘chaebols’

Pardon for SK Group scion shows law must change to protect cherished institutions

Asia should focus more on the future

Seventy years after the war, it is time to draw a line under history

S Korean tycoon given presidential pardon

Park justifies shifted stance on practice as move to boost economy

S Korea labour reform push gains traction

Hyundai becomes latest company to announce wage peak system

S Korea eyes control over history textbooks

Debate heats up ahead of 70th anniversary of Japan defeat

S Korea orders retrial of ex-spy chief

Move follows pressure on President Park over election claims

S Korea pins hopes on creative economy

Funding and infrastructure rolled out to boost start-ups and SMEs

South Korea Mers death toll rises to 16

Number of people under quarantine expected to double from 5,000

S Korea PM offers to resign over scandal

Lee Wan-koo faces bribe claims after tycoon’s suicide

Suicide note stokes South Korean scandal

Posthumous allegations revive corruption concerns

Seoul’s resource drive undone by scandal

Keangnam chairman’s death underlines policy failure

The nightmare of a Korean cold war thaw

Everyone in the region has reason to be wary of the process by which unification might come about

S Korea growth slip hits spending plans

Slowdown underscores’s Seoul’s difficulty in delivering boost to living standards

S Korea’s Park open to Kim Jong Un summit

‘No preconditions’ to a meeting with N Korean leader

Former Park aide stokes scandal in S Korea

Allegations of inappropriate influence lead to political crisis

Disaster shames operator and politicians

Public loses patience with squabbling parliamentarians and revelations of corporate malfeasance

S Korea struggles to meet climate pledges

Environmentalists sceptical of president’s commitment after changes to ‘green growth’ agenda

S Korea searches soul after ferry disaster

Nation seeks overhaul of economy and corporate life after scandals expose limitations of development led by state-backed businesses

Government fosters tech entrepreneurs

Startups take advantage of wave of government and venture funding to encourage creative industries

Park under pressure to talk to Abe

Fear South Korea could be sidelined if China-Japan relations thaw

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