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.

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

South Korea: president scores higher abroad than at home

Generous promises of Park Geun-hye’s government prove difficult to keep

South Korea sees technology as key to rejuvenation

As big manufacturers’ contribution falls, the emphasis is on innovation and start-ups to boost growth

South Korean conglomerates head to foreign parts

The official shift of focus from corporations to small businesses will take a while to bear fruit

Tokyo-Seoul tensions a blow for Washington

Breakdown in relations between Japan and South Korea has been dramatic

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Boeing closes in on South Korean deal

US group’s F-15 Silent Eagle is sole eligible bid in tender

KNOC to sell lossmaking Harvest Energy

Seoul pushes energy groups to ditch unprofitable foreign assets

Seoul braces for a slowdown

S Korea is trying to find best balance between intervention and market forces at times of stress

South Korea launches third stock market

Konex will be open to small companies

Seoul rocked by poll spying allegations

Opposition claims intelligence agents tried to influence election

South Korean women face glass ceiling

Low female workforce participation drags on growth

North Korea changes tack

Dialogue could bolster domestic support for Park Geun-hye

S Korea outlines $120bn spending plan

Detailed tax plans to help fund measures expected late summer

Park spokesman fired after US allegations

Scandal is a further setback for South Korea’s president

Gangnam’s estate agents yearn for new tune

Weak South Korean housing market is holding back wider growth

Seoul offers exporters $10bn of help

Companies dealing with sluggish global demand and weaker yen

Resentment at North Korea turns to alarm

Kim Jong-eun’s defiant stance on nuclear weapons dashes hopes of youthful reform

North Korea rejects US call for talks

Pyongyang accuses US of threatening it with nuclear arms

The perils of playing nuclear poker with a novice

Someone must talk to North Korea to find out who the world is dealing with

Pyongyang must be kept talking

Lines of communication have to be left open to avert war

GM urges Seoul to act over currency

Carmakers express concern over effects of weakening yen

Street style in Gangnam, Seoul
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A Korea in fashion

Gangnam Style boost for Seoul’s new designers

S Korea’s Park hit by sixth resignation

New president faces growing wave of criticism

South Korea defence nominee withdraws

Setback for president as she tries to form a full cabinet

S Korea’s Park apologises for deadlock

President unable to form cabinet due to opposition

Seoul searches for path to welfare state

Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female leader, says South Korean model at turning point