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    1. November 21, 2014

      AmorePacific: Korean cool

      When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… that’s AmorePacific, going global. First-half numbers for the South Korean...

    2. November 19, 2014

      Sewol shames operator and politicians

      The 15 surviving crew members of the Sewol ferry sat with their heads bowed in court last week, as they received lengthy...

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    1. November 19, 2014

      S Korea searches soul after ferry disaster

      Hundreds of yellow ribbons still flutter in the square outside Seoul’s city hall, commemorating the sinking of the Sewol...

    2. October 26, 2014

      South Korea under pressure to pass anti-corruption bill

      The good times may be over for South Korea’s civil servants, as they closely watch the fate of a new anti-graft bill....

    3. October 22, 2014

      State funding disrupts South Korea’s start-up scene

      Park Sung-suh showed good timing by creating his Android-based software company in 2008, just as Google’s mobile operating...

    4. October 20, 2014

      Seoul rejects rebuke over labour laws

      South Korea’s government has rejected claims that its labour law encourages abuse of migrant workers, highlighting the...

    5. October 16, 2014

      Koreans lose faith in homegrown chat apps

      In South Korea, one of the world’s most wired nations, fears over state cyber surveillance have sparked an exodus from a...

    6. October 2, 2014

      S Korea’s traditional rent-free tenancies come under strain

      For decades, South Korean landlords have scorned monthly rent in favour of jeonse – a unique system under which tenants...

    7. August 25, 2014

      South Koreans alarmed by prospect of extinction by 2750

      In the year 2621, in the northwestern province of Gyeonggi-do, the last South Korean will enter the world – according to an...

    8. August 14, 2014

      Pope Francis lands in Seoul for first Asia papal trip in 15 years

      Pope Francis has begun the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years, arriving in Seoul on Thursday in an effort to boost the...

    9. August 14, 2014

      South Korea looks to revive growth with rate cut

      The Bank of Korea has cut the country’s interest rate for the first time in 15 months, bowing to government pressure to spur...

    10. August 8, 2014

      Conscript’s alleged murder prompts soul-searching in South Korea

      South Korea’s entire 640,000-strong military suspended normal duties on Friday for lectures on human rights, amid national...

    11. July 24, 2014

      S Korea reveals $40bn stimulus package as growth slows

      South Korea unveiled a $40bn stimulus package to boost the country’s flagging economy, as data on Thursday showed that...

    12. July 22, 2014

      S Korea police identify decayed body as fugitive ferry owner

      The body of a fugitive businessman sought over April’s tragic ferry sinking was found last month in southern South Korea,...

    13. July 6, 2014

      Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy

      International pharmaceutical companies have warned Seoul that they are holding back new medicines from the country’s market,...

    14. June 22, 2014

      Feedback: South Korea’s elites

      Simon Mundy’s article, ‘South Korea’s millionaire tutors’, looked at the country’s unease about the vast sums of money...

    15. June 16, 2014

      South Korea’s millionaire tutors

      Kim Ki-hoon has risen to stardom of a sort that exists in few places outside South Korea. As the country’s highest-earning...

    16. June 10, 2014

      Trial of South Korean ferry crew opens amid angry scenes

      Most of the surviving crew members of South Korea’s Sewol ferry went on trial on Tuesday in proceedings that will provide a...

    17. May 21, 2014

      South Korean sect ends stand-off over Sewol ferry disaster

      A nine-day stand-off between South Korean law authorities and members of a religious cult ended peacefully on Wednesday,...

    18. May 19, 2014

      South Korea president vows to disband coastguard

      South Korea’s president has vowed to disband the country’s coastguard, as part of a sweeping set of reforms in response to...

    19. May 15, 2014

      South Korea ferry captain charged with homicide

      Prosecutors in South Korea have charged the captain and three senior crew members of a ferry that sank in April with...

    20. April 27, 2014

      South Korea PM quits over ferry disaster

      Chung Hong-won, South Korean prime minister, has tendered his resignation, after becoming a lightning rod for criticism of...

    21. April 22, 2014

      Owner of capsized South Korea ferry faces financial probes

      The official death toll from last week’s ferry disaster topped 120 on Tuesday as the blame game began in South Korea, with...

    22. April 20, 2014

      South Korea ferry death toll reaches 58

      Vigil for ferry victims as search continues After more than three days of frantic searching for hundreds of people still...

    23. April 18, 2014

      South Korea ferry disaster: Families of victims demand answers

      “We came to meet our children after the initial announcement that most of them had been rescued,” said relatives of the 274...

    24. April 18, 2014

      S Korea arrests ferry captain

      Vigil for ferry victims as search continues The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized leaving at least 300 people...

    25. April 17, 2014

      Grief turns to anger over S Korean ferry rescue

      Desperate search for S Korea ferry crash victims South Korea on Thursday accelerated its desperate search for almost 300...

    26. April 14, 2014

      Samsung whistleblower returns to court

      It took just four years for Kim Yong-chul to go from chief lawyer at Samsung to manning the till in a bakery. During that...

    27. March 30, 2014

      Hugo Boss taps S Korean star power in China

      As Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress and face of Hugo Boss, sparked headlines about the end of her marriage last week, the German...

    28. February 27, 2014

      North Korea fires missiles into sea off east coast

      North Korea on Thursday fired four short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast, Seoul said, in an apparent response...

    29. February 25, 2014

      Korean reunions spark questions over fate of abductees

      Park Yang-su set to sea as a fisherman aged just 16 to support his family – little suspecting that he would be separated...

    30. February 17, 2014

      South Korean politician jailed for 12 years for rebellion plot

      A South Korean court has sentenced a leftwing lawmaker to 12 years in prison for plotting an insurrection in support of...

    31. February 16, 2014

      South Korean moviemaker focuses on Samsung safety record

      When Kim Tae-yun decided to make a film about the death from leukaemia of a young Samsung Electronics factory worker, his...

    32. February 7, 2014

      S Korea’s elderly left behind by speed of change

      slideshow: Growing older and getting poorer in South Korea As she shuffles down the snow-dusted lanes beside her home,...

    33. February 5, 2014

      North and South Korea agree cross-border family reunions

      Seoul and Pyongyang have agreed to hold reunions later in February of family members separated since the Korean war, amid a...

    34. February 3, 2014

      S Korea lawyers seek 20-year jail term for treason case politician

      As soon as the first shots rang out across the inter-Korean border, prosecutors say, Lee Seok-ki would have set in motion a...

    35. November 19, 2013

      South Korea’s $21bn alternative to Seoul lacks transport and soul

      Stretching from the top of the transport ministry to that of the prime minister’s office, the undulating rooftop garden...

    36. October 7, 2013

      South Korea struggles to cut suicide rate as change takes toll

      “Tomorrow’s sun will rise,” reads one of the messages on a digital display spanning Seoul’s Mapo Bridge, aimed at dissuading...

    37. September 17, 2013

      S Korea struggles to take in foreign workers

      As Sri Lankan music blares from an electronics shop across the road, Sherzod is struggling to count the nationalities of the...

    38. September 16, 2013

      Kaesong reopens amid easing of Korean tensions

      North and South Korea on Monday resumed operations at the Kaesong industrial complex in a sign of improving inter-Korean...

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