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.

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

Abe meets Xi – handshake but no smiles

The Apec summit has provided an epic number of photo opportunities for Chinese president Xi Jinping – but the most eagerly watched was his meeting with the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

China and S Korea trade talks ‘settled’

Seoul says agreement will result in annual tariff reductions of $5.4bn

North and South Korea trade warning shots

Exchange comes after meeting raised hopes of thaw in relations

S Korea probes banks over rates collusion

Investigation comes amid rising regulatory scrutiny globally

S Korea’s Park boosted by by-election win

Strong showing in polls despite anger over ferry tragedy

Korea cash piles: won direction

Clarity is needed on move to mobilise conglomerates’ reserves

China and S Korea poised for trade deal

Direct trading of won and renminbi to be introduced

Xi’s Seoul visit leaves Pyongyang in the cold

State trip reflects Beijing’s new stance towards Korean peninsula

S Korea to retain Chung as prime minister

Move follows two failed attempts to replace him

South Korea’s recent prime ministerial candidates, from left: Chung Hong-won, Ahn Dae-hee, Kim Yong-joon and Moon Chang-keuk
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S Korea’s candidate for PM withdraws

Nominee pulls out after controversy over Japan remarks

Seoul urged to scale back heavy policing

Mayor hits out at ‘authoritarian’ reaction to public protests

Under fire Park culls S Korean cabinet

President battling aftermath of Sewol ferry disaster

Trial of South Korean ferry crew opens

Captain and three crew are accused of murder

Poll backlash over S Korea ferry disaster

Narrow defeat in local elections for ruling New Frontier party

Koreans drawn to unification-linked funds

Rosy talk of economic ‘jackpot’ triggers big flows

S Korean premiership hopeful withdraws

Nomination for PM stands down amid criticism

The Bowler Hat: a new venue for City of London Festival pfeatures

The City dons its artistic hat

A pop-up theatre aims to help transform the sober Square Mile

S Korea leader vows to disband coastguard

Sweeping reforms planned in response to ferry disaster

S Korea pension head rejects governance fears

World’s fourth-largest pension fund to take ‘cautious stance’ on concerns

S Korea’s democracy faces stern test

Actions taken by Park government fuel authoritarian claims

Police move adds to S Korea ferry fury

Legality of decision to stop relatives marching on Seoul queried

Seoul, South Korea

The state is increasing support for new enterprises

Tokyo and Seoul must stop sniping

Obama has rightly tried to knock heads together

Korea defector issue heightens NIS debate

Light shines on already tarnished Seoul’s intelligence agency

US draws together S Korea and Japan

Unusual diplomatic intervention to unite key allies

South Korean conservative activists shout slogans during a protest to lodge a complaint against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting the Yasukuni war shrine to mark the first anniversary of his taking office, in Seoul on December 27 2013
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S Korea and Japan to hold summit

US seeks easing of tensions between key Asian allies

Korea reunions raise hopes of better ties

Meetings could calm tensions on the peninsula

Obama walks into Asia tensions crossfire

Planned visit by US president becomes latest flashpoint

S Korea’s nearly man eyes political run

Ahn party has high ratings even before he officially launches it

Ruling to push up wage bills in S Korea

Court says calculation of standard wages should include bonuses

US frets over Tokyo-Seoul dispute

S Korea accuses Japan of a lack of remorse over colonial past

Korea customs checks strain US trade deal

Stricter audits raise questions over bilateral trade pact

Textbooks struggle to bridge Asian history

Agreeing shared syllabus not easy for Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul

Posco chief quits amid state pressure

South Korean steel company has been hit by falling prices

Vladimir Putin and Park Geun-hye
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S Korea to back N Korean port project

Seoul agrees deal with Russia to support project

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