|Area Total||99,720 sq km|
|Climate||temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter; cold winters|
|Natural Resources||coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential|
|Imports||China 20.5%, Japan 11.5%, US 10.5%, Germany 4.2%, Saudi Arabia 4.1% (2017) – crude oil/petroleum products, semiconductors, natural gas, coal, steel, computers, wireless communication equipment, automobiles, fine chemicals, textiles|
|Population||51,835,110 (July 2020 est.)|
|Language||Korean, English (widely taught in elementary, junior high, and high school)|
|Exports||China 25.1%, US 12.2%, Vietnam 8.2%, Hong Kong 6.9%, Japan 4.7% (2017) – semiconductors, petrochemicals, automobile/auto parts, ships, wireless communication equipment, flat displays, steel, electronics, plastics, computers|
News about South Korea
- Canadian YouTuber takes viewers on brewing adventures in Koreaby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Kevin Grabb doesn't remember the first time he tried makgeolli, that milky fermented Korean alcoholic drink, which maybe isn't surprising, considering how much energy he puts into making, promoting and ― of course ― drinking all types of alcohol
- Yoon vows to uphold people's will upon returning from vacationby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
President Yoon Suk-yeol vowed to uphold the will of the people as he returned from a weeklong vacation on Monday, as public opinion polls showed his approval ratings remaining below 30 percent.
- Ban Ki-moon Foundation awards Sustainable Development Goals essaysby Kwon Mee-yoo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
The Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future held an essay contest to raise awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The foundation, established by former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, aims to promote values such as integration, communication and coexistence and dedication.
- Yoon vows to go back to basics amid low approval ratingsby Nam Hyun-woo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
President Yoon Suk-yeol said he would go back to basics when he returned to work on Monday after a week-long vacation, in an apparent effort to regain public trust in his administration. “As I looked back at what happened in the past, I came to be grateful to the people who have helped me come this far, with both harsh criticism and heartfelt […]
- Foreign ministers of South Korea and China to meet to address thorny issuesby Kang Seung-woo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
The foreign ministers of South Korea and China sit down for talks Tuesday to address a heap of thorny issues amid Beijing's growing displeasure with Seoul over its policies involving the United States, a staunch ally of the South. The meeting in Qingdao, China is the second of its kind between Foreign Minister Park Jin and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi […]
- Ruling party's self-inflicted crisisby Jung Min-ho (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
After two consecutive election wins for president and local offices, the ruling People Power Party (PPP) has found itself in a self-inflicted "emergency" that will only get worse as faction leaders vow to continue to fight despite President Yoon Suk-yeol's abysmal approval ratings.Suspended PPP Chairman Lee Jun-seok is at the very center of the party's […]
- Latin American films galore at KF World Cinema Weekby Kwon Mee-yoo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
A variety of Latin American cinema works are being shown in Korea as part of efforts to bridge Korea and Latin American countries through culture in celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties. The Korea Foundation (KF) opened the KF World Cinema Week, Friday, with diplomats from the 12 Latin American and the Caribbean states as well as […]
- Education minister expected to resign amid criticism of proposal to lower school entry ageby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Education Minister Park Soon-ae is expected to tender her resignation Monday, a ruling party official said, amid criticism she mishandled key policy proposals, such as lowering the elementary school starting age.
- New COVID-19 cases at 55,292; serious cases tallied at 324by KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Korea's new COVID-19 cases fell below 100,000 on Monday for the first time in a week on fewer virus tests during the weekend, but the number of seriously ill patients reached a two-month high amid a virus resurgence fueled by a highly contagious Omicron subvariant.
- Heavy rain advisories issued in much of capital area, northern Gangwon Provinceby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Heavy rain advisories have been issued in much of the capital area, including all of Seoul, and northern parts of Gangwon Province, the weather agency said Monday.
- Yoon's disapproval rating hits new high at 70%by KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
President Yoon Suk-yeol's disapproval rating has reached a record high of 70 percent, a poll showed Monday, as strong backlash against a proposed education policy added on to persistent concerns over high inflation and turmoil in the ruling party.
- Korea expresses intent to join preliminary 'Chip 4' meetingby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Korea has decided to join a preliminary meeting of a U.S.-led semiconductor alliance known as the "Chip 4," a senior presidential official has said.
- Education minister resigns after just over a month in officeby Ko Dong-hwan (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Education minister Park Soon-ae, whose appointment by President Yoon Suk-yeol last July had provoked fierce criticism from all sides for her lack of experience and history of unethical behavior, stepped down Monday. Her resignation came 34 days after she took the helm of the ministry. During a press conference held in Seoul, Park took the blame for the […]
- Colombian Independence Dayby Kwon Mee-yoo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
- Defense minister visits key U.S. base to underline 'solid' S. Korea-US allianceby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup visited a key U.S. military base south of Seoul on Monday to highlight the "solid" South Korea-U.S. alliance and the need for thorough preparations for the upcoming allied drills, Lee's ministry said.
- Top S. Korean, U.S. diplomats discuss Indo-Pacific strategyby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States had discussions on regional and global issues, including relations with China, in Phnom Penh on Friday.
- Professors condemn Kookmin University for clearing first lady of plagiarism allegationsby Lee Hae-rin (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Several associations of the country's university professors condemned Kookmin University for clearing first lady Kim Keon-hee of allegations that she had plagiarized some of her academic papers, urging the university to reveal the details of the investigation.
- Yoon, Pelosi talk over phone, without meeting in personby Kang Seung-woo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
President Yoon Suk-yeol spoke with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the phone, Thursday, ...
- Korea joins US-led space security exerciseby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Korea has participated in a U.S.-led multinational space security exercise, its officials said Thursday, as Seoul seeks to strengthen defense cooperation in the increasingly crucial security domain.
- Korean, US parliamentary leaders vow to expand alliance amid mounting tensions near Taiwanby Jung Min-ho (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
The parliamentary leaders of South Korea and the United States vowed to expand the bilateral alliance further in defense and technology, Thursday, the day Beijing launched unprecedented live-fire military drills near Taiwan in a warning to Washington. National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met for talks in Seoul, where […]
- South Korea vows stronger partnerships with ASEAN in foreign ministerial talksby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
South Korea will strengthen "strategic dialogue" with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on regional challenges, Seoul's top diplomat said Thursday during a group meeting in Phnom Penh with his counterparts from the members of the key regional bloc.
- [INTERVIEW] British envoy shares his decades-old bonds with 2 Koreasby Kwon Mee-yoo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
British Ambassador Colin Crooks' life is inseparable from Korea. He is a rare diplomat in that he has been posted in both North and South Korea. Crooks first came to Seoul in 1995 as a British diplomat and lived here for four years until 1999. During his time here, he organized Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Andong, South Gyeongsang Province, on her 73rd […]
- Gov't to increase quota for migrant workersby Ko Dong-hwan (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
The Ministry of Employment and Labor has taken a step forward to tackle the ongoing labor shortage in the manufacturing sector by opening wider Korea's door for migrant workers. The measure is aimed at filling a total of about 234,000 current vacancies in key local industries like shipbuilding, metal manufacturing, restaurants, retailers, taxi and bus […]
- Yoon to meet with UN chief this weekby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
President Yoon Suk-yeol will meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, set to visit Seoul this week, and discuss North Korea's nuclear program and other regional issues, his spokesperson said Monday.
- First 10 days of this year's July hottest on recordby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Korea experienced the hottest first 10 days of July on record last month, according to the state weather agency Thursday.
- Court recognizes death after drinking with boss as workplace accidentby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
A Seoul court has ruled that an employee who slipped and died after heavy drinking with a boss should be recognized as a victim of a workplace accident, officials said Sunday.
- Yoon expected to meet with UN chief this weekby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
President Yoon Suk-yeol is expected to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres set to visit South Korea later this week.
- Envoy wary of creating Asian version of NATOby Kwon Mee-yoo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming is highly critical of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit held in late June, calling NATO a product of the Cold War.
- [INTERVIEW] 'Taiwan is part of China,' says Chinese ambassadorby Kwon Mee-yoo (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
South Korea and China established diplomatic relations on Aug. 24, 1992, which was a historic turning point in their bilateral relations. Thirty years have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations, and China now has become South Korea's No. 1 trade partner. China's relations with North Korea have also put the former's relations with the South […]
- Yoon unlikely to reshuffle aides despite low approval ratingsby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on August 8, 2022
President Yoon Suk-yeol is expected to issue a message that he will uphold the will of the people in a more humble manner, an official said Sunday, when he returns to work from a weeklong vacation amid unusually low approval ratings.