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.

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

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

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