Seoul may delay opening North Korea office

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

South Korea shelves it plan to open a liaison office in the north after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancel his trip to Pyongyang

This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on May 26 inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon a summit with Pyongyang. handout / The Blue House / AFP

Ping-pong diplomacy between the two Koreas

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Table tennis has long had an unusual impact in foreign affairs, most notably in the 'ping-pong diplomacy' of the 1970s between China and the US.

AS ONE. File photo shows Pyon Song Gyong of North Korea serving during a match of the Pyongyang Open annual International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) match in Pyongyang. Photo by  Ed Jones/AFP

Koreas hold talks on connecting railways

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Linking up the two systems – and modernizing the North's aging rail infrastructure – would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia, and on to Europe

INTER-KOREAN RAILWAY. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers walk by the inter-Korean railway under construction with a newly-built tunnel near the border with North Korea in Paju, north of Seoul, September 13, 2001. File photo by Kim Jae-hwan/AFP

'French Spiderman' foiled in Seoul skyscraper attempt

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:45 PM

'I climbed about 75 stories and then after that, it was a bit like cat and mouse,' says French urban freeclimber Alain Robert

CHASE. 'Urban climber' Alain Robert of France stands is hoisted to a deck of the Lotte World Tower after scaling the exterior of the building, in Seoul on June 6, 2018. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Top North Korean to meet Pompeo ahead of U.S. summit

May 29, 2018 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say General Kim Yong-Chol will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on Wednesday, May 30, or Thursday, May 31

TOP BRASS. File photo of General Kim Yong Chol (center), who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. Photo by Korea pool/AFP

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of U.S. summit

May 24, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Pyongyang announced its plan to 'completely' dismantle the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, inviting some foreign journalists to witness the destruction

MEDIA WITNESSES. This picture taken on May 23, 2018 and released by South Korean news agency News1 via Dong-A Ilbo shows South Korean journalists arriving at North Korea's Kalma airport in Wonsan. Photo by News1 / AFP

North Korea to join efforts for total nuclear weapons test ban

May 15, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Dialogue brokered by Seoul has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war last year to a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12

KOREAS. People watch a screen showing images of (from left) South Korea's president Moon Jae-in, US president Donald Trump, China's president Xi Jinping, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on May 11, 2018. AFP

IN PHOTOS: Ryan Reynolds visits Seoul for 'Deadpool 2'

May 03, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The actor takes selfies with his Korean fans and signs their Deadpool masks too!


Trump suggests Korean truce village for Kim Jong Un summit

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Peace House in Panmunjeom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, was where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Friday for a historic summit

US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Trump arrived in the Vietnamese capital on November 11 after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings earlier in the day in Danang. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUONG THAI LINH

WATCH: What will happen to the DMZ after the inter-Korea summit?

Apr 23, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Rappler visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in

North and South Korea open hotline between leaders

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The line links the presidential Blue House in Seoul with the Pyongyang office of the nuclear-armed North's State Affairs Commission, which Kim Jong-un chairs

DIRECT CALL. A telephone hotline to North Korea is displayed at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on April 20, 2018. Yonhap/AFP

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

North Korea rights record likely off table at Korean summit – Seoul

Apr 04, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'In order to enhance dialogue, the topics that both sides have agreed upon will be discussed,' says South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha

KOREAN SUMMIT. In this file photo, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) delivers a statement during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministerial Meeting at the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 6, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/Pool/AFP

Red Velvet, other South Korean musicians leave for Pyongyang performance

Mar 31, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The 120-member group is performing ahead of an inter-Korean summit on April 27

RED VELVET. The South Korean girl group is among the artists headed to the North Korean capital ahead of the inter-Korean summit. Screenshot from

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Mar 26, 2018 - 7:32 PM

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North Korea agrees to inter-Korean talks next week – Seoul

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Each will send a 3-member delegation to the border truce village of Panmunjeom for talks aimed at paving the way for a rare summit in late April

PANMUNJOM. A North Korean soldier (L) looks at the south side as a South Korean soldier (R) stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on July 19, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korean envoys in historic trip to meet North's Kim

Mar 05, 2018 - 7:08 PM

In the latest step in an Olympics-driven rapprochement on the divided peninsula, the most senior South Koreans travel North to meet leader Kim Jong Un

PYONGYANG BOUND. A South Korean delegation boards an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on March 5, 2018. Photo Jung Yeon-je / pool / AFP

Kim Yo Jong: North Korea's political princess

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

Meet the woman battling South Korea's 'birth strike'

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The job of South Korea's family minister Chung Hyun-Back is to try to reverse the world's lowest birth rates – but she herself is childless and single

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Jan 18, 2018 - 12:24 PM

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Koreas start first official talks in two years

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:19 AM

The talks in Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, comes after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year's speech that he could send a delegation to next month's Games in Pyeongchang in the South

TALKS. South Korea Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (left) shakes hands with North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon during their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on January 9, 2018.  Korea pool/AFP

Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader

Jan 07, 2018 - 7:54 AM

'I always believe in talking,' says Trump at the Camp David presidential retreat when asked if he would speak to Kim by phone

This file photo taken on December 18, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on his national security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

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North Korea's chilling new weapon: ICBM made of ice

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:46 PM

The star of the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival is the replica of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile

ICY ICBM. A group of men stand before an ice sculpture depicting a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as people mark the new year at the Pyongyang Ice Sculpture Festival on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on December 31, 2017. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Seoul seizes Panama vessel for alleged North Korea ties – report

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The Panama-flagged ship suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea is the second such seizure to be reported in days

Seoul Food Trip: Where to eat according to the locals

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Looking for a place to eat in Seoul? Here's a quick guide for you

North Korean defector watching U.S. TV shows, K-Pop

Nov 22, 2017 - 5:38 PM

The 24-year-old North Korean solider, identified only by his surname, Oh, watches Hollywood hits like robot action flick 'Transformers' and forensic whodunnit 'CSI,' and can't get enough of K-Pop

Winter Olympics: South Korea 'ready to welcome world,' including North Korea

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:15 PM

'Korea is ready to welcome the world. We will welcome all eligible athletes and National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including (North) Korea,' says an Olympic official

WELCOME, WORLD, Korean performers pose on the steps during the 100 Days Out 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Celebration - Team USA in Times Square on November 1, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

N. Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S. Korea drill

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:08 PM

A US aircraft carrier will lead a joint naval the drill in the coming week with South Korea, a move that will likely rile Pyongyang.

DRILL. This handout photo taken on September 18, 2017 and provided by the South Korean Defence Ministry in Seoul shows US F-35B stealth jet fighters dropping bombs at a shooting range east of Seoul during a joint military drill aimed to counter North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. Photo handouth / South Korean Defence Ministry / AFP

9 destinasi wisata di Ibu Kota Korea Selatan

Oct 01, 2017 - 4:06 PM

Aktivitas dan pemandangan yang disuguhkan Seoul tidak akan pernah membuat para wisatawan bosan

Seluruh foto oleh Marguerite de Leon/Rappler

Seoul patrol: 9 awesome attractions in South Korea's capital

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Thanks to the tons of sights and activities for the eager tourist, you'll never be bored in Seoul

Mendaki benteng dan mencicipi kuliner di Suwon

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Berikut kegiatan yang bisa dilakukan di kota Suwon yang bisa ditempuh dengan perjalanan singkat dari ibukota Korea Selatan Seoul

SUWON. Menjelajah Benteng Hwaseong di Suwon, satu-satuny akota bertembok di Korea Selatan. Seluruh doto oleh Ceej Tantengco/Rappler

Mimpi Indonesia hasilkan talenta kelas dunia seperti Korea Selatan

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Dubes Umar telah melakukan pendekatan agar SM Entertainment bersedia membuka kantor di Indonesia

KELAS DUNIA. Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Korea Selatan, Umar Hadi mengaku terkesima dengan konser SM TOWN ENTERTAINMENT yang digelar pada Sabtu malam, 8 Juli. Foto oleh KBRI Seoul

South Korea beyond Seoul: Fortress-hiking and food tripping in Suwon City

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Here s what you can do in Suwon City which is just a subway ride away from Seoul

Menyusuri indahnya Garden of Morning Calm di Korea Selatan

Jun 28, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Garden of Morning Calm adalah salah satu lokasi yuting yang digunakan di K–Drama Love in the Moonlight

GARDEN OF THE MORNING CALM. Salah satu lokasi syuting serial 'Love in the Moonlight' bisa ditemukan di daerah Gapyeong di Provinsi Gyeonggi. Seluruh foto oleh Ceej Tantengco/Rappler

Lebaran di Seoul, "goyang lidah" hingga goyang Dubes Timor Leste

Jun 26, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Kemeriahan perayaan Idul Fitri pun terlihat di Seoul Korea Selatan

LEBARAN DI KOREA. Duta Besar Republik Indonesia untuk Korea Selatan, Umar Hadi, berfoto bersama pengisi acara perayaan Idul Fitri di KBRI Seoul, Minggu, 25 Juni. Foto oleh KBRI Korea Selatan

Press Freedom, Enrile, Najib | Evening wRap

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:34 PM

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Samsung heir accused of bribery, perjury as trial opens

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Lee Jae Yong has been charged with paying nearly 40 million to the now impeached president s close friend Choi Soon Sil allegedly as bribes to secure policy favors

TRIAL BEGINS. In this file photo, Lee Jae-Yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives for questioning at the office of a special prosecutor investigating a corruption scandal in Seoul on February 22, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea's Park in custody after court orders arrest

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:11 AM

UPDATED Prosecutors have yet to specify the formal charges against her but have previously said she is suspected of bribery abuse of authority coercion and leaking government secrets

ARRESTED. Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye (2R) leaves the prosecutors' office in a car as she is transferred to a detention house early on March 31, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by AFP

London, Paris, Seoul launch 'name-and-shame' polluting car index

Mar 29, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The aim of the Air volution scheme is to help drivers avoid buying the most harmful diesel vans and cars

South Korea court rejects Park's evidence on disaster mystery

Jan 10, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Park s lawyers say that she had felt unwell on the morning of the disaster and stayed at her residence instead of her office

An empty court is seen before the first hearing arguments for South Korea's President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court in Seoul on January 3, 2017. Kim Hong-Ji/AFP

South Korea protesters demand president's removal, ferry salvage

Jan 07, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Park was impeached by parliament last month over an influence peddling scandal and the Constitutional Court now has to decide whether to confirm the impeachment

RESIGN NOW. Protesters carry portraits of South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye during a protest demanding the impeached President resign immediately in Seoul on January 7, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protestors returned to the streets of Seoul on January 7, demanding impeached President Park Geun-Hye's immediate removal and the salvaging of a sunken ferry which left more than 300 dead. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

'Million' rally to demand South Korea president's ouster

Nov 26, 2016 - 5:44 PM

UPDATED The figure offered by organizers would make this the largest of a series of huge weekly protests that began a month ago in the South Korean capital

RESIGN. Protesters march toward the presidential house during a rally against South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye in Seoul on November 26, 2016. AFP/JEON HEON-KYUN

S. Korea police prepare for anti-Park rallies

Nov 26, 2016 - 2:02 PM

More than 25 000 officers are deployed in Seoul in preparation for anti Park protests

ANGRY. Protesters hold banners calling for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, before a mass anti-government rally following presidential scandal in central Seoul on November 26, 2016. Photo by: JUNG Yeon-Je / AFP

Massive protest heaps pressure on S. Korea president

Nov 12, 2016 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED Police put the turnout at 260 000 while organizers said one million people took to the streets for what was the third in a series of weekly mass protests

OUST. Up to one million people were expected to take to the streets of Seoul on November 12 to demand the resignation of scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye, in one of the largest anti-government protests in decades. Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Mighty Sports-Philippines begins Merlion Cup with win over Seoul Thunders

Sep 21, 2016 - 11:17 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines rallies from a double digit deficit early to secure the win

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Dennis Trillo honored at Seoul International Awards 2016

Sep 09, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Dennis is given the Asian Star Prize and also meets Descendants of The Sun star Song Jong Ki

Volkswagen Korea head apologizes, questioned on emission fraud

Aug 12, 2016 - 12:15 AM

I am sorry for the situation and we will do everything faithfully to cooperate with the prosecutor CEO Johannes Thammer is quoted as saying

Johannes Thammer (C), CEO of Volkswagen Korea, is surrounded by journalists as he arrives at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul on August 11, 2016. The head of Volkswagen's South Korean unit apologised as he presented himself to state prosecutors for questioning over the German carmaker's emissions fraud scandal. / AFP PHOTO / YONHAP / YONHAP

South Korea suspends sale of 80 Volkswagen models

Aug 02, 2016 - 2:16 PM

The South Korean Environment Ministry also hands down a fine of 16 million against the German carmaker

epa05451523 South Korean Environment Ministry official Hong Dong-gon briefs the press on South Korea's sales ban and certification nullification for 80 Volkswagen vehicle models whose emissions results were fabricated at the Sejong government complex, south of Seoul, South Korea, 02 August 2016. The ministry also announced a 17.8 billion won (16 million US dollar) fine on the German automaker. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT