Korean News in English: 2021’s Best Sources

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Looking for a Korean newspaper or site to read, watch, or listen to the latest Korean news in English and other languages? We have put together a list of the major Korean news sources in English and other languages to help foreigners find the most up-to-date news happening in Korea and around the world.

Korean News in English List

Korean News Websites in English

  • the Korea herald
  • the korea times
  • yonhap news
  • Korean news in English

The Korea Herald

As the sole member of the Asia News Network (ANN), The Korea Herald is one of the largest English news sources in South Korea. The publication provides daily news covering the nation, business, finance, entertainment, and sports along with international stories. 

You can subscribe to The Korea Herald print version for KRW 20,000/month or The Herald Business for KRW 15,000/month, see here for English and here for English and Korean. Printed copies are also available on news stands for KRW 1,000. If you want daily updates, follow The Korea Herald on Twitter, Instagram or subscribe to their Youtube channel.

The Korea Times

The Korea Times English-language news site provides news on domestic issues, business and technology, finance, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, and worldwide events. You can also follow the newspaper’s Facebook and Twitter feeds or subscribe to their Youtube channel for daily updates on stories happening in Korea and around the world.

Yonhap News Agency

Yonhap News Agency is a multi-language news channel that provides news to about 73 foreign news agencies serving as Korea’s version of the “Associated Press” in America. Yonhap’s foreign language news service provides Korean news, market, business, culture/K-pop, sports and North Korean news in English, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish and French. 

You can follow Yonhap news on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-date Korean news in English and international news.

Seoul News.Net

Launched in 1999, Seoul News is a stand-alone site (under the umbrella of Mainstream Media Ltd.) covering regional and international stories, including business, finance, and forex rates along with weather and links to other Seoul media. The site also provides news polls, free daily emails in various categories, a Twitter account and RSS feeds.

One quirk of Seoul News.Net is its heavy coverage of golf, especially PGA Tour events, regardless of the performance of Korean players.

Progressive Korean News Websites

  • the hankyoreh
  • the kyunghyang shinmun

The Hankyoreh

The Hankyoreh is a progressive newspaper aimed at democracy, peaceful coexistence and national reconciliation between South and North Korea with fair coverage. Owned by about 62,000 shareholders from all walks of life, the Hankyoreh is recognized as the most reliable and authoritative newspaper in Korea covering a wide range of news from national to international, eco-business, culture and North Korean news in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.  

The Kyunghyang Shinmun

The Kyunghyang Shinmun is an independent daily newspaper which stands at the frontline of investigating the government and conglomerates generally referred to as ‘Chaebols’ in South Korea with the reputation as the second most credible newspaper in South Korea

The Kyunghyang Shinmun provides the latest Korean news in English and Korean. The firm also owns several Korean language publications, including daily sports newspaper Sports Khan, weekly newspaper The Jugan Kyunghyang, and monthly lifestyle magazine for women The Lady Kyunghyang.

Conservative Korean News Websites

  • Korean news in english
  • the chosun ilbo

Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily is an English-language newspaper that provides relevant reports on Korean issues, business, culture, entertainment, and sports. Their articles are published by The JoongAng Group, a leading Korean media conglomerate affiliated with the New York Times. 

For in-depth news updates, follow Korea JoongAng Daily on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or subscribe to their Youtube channel.

The Chosun Ilbo

As one of the oldest newspapers in Korea, the Chosun Ilbo provides national or political news, business, sports, entertainment, health and lifestyle news in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese. The Chosun media has other subsidiaries apart from the daily newspaper such as the TV Chosun, the Digital Chosun, the Chosun Biz, the Sports Chosun, the Chosun News Press and others. 

You can find news updates from The Chosun Ilbo on Facebook and Twitter.

Moderate Korean News Website

Pulse News Korea

Maeil Business Newspaper’s English news website, Pulse News Korea, offers visually enhanced content and easy navigation, with its mobile app version “Maeil Business Pulse” available on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Key features include breaking news on Korea’s economy, industry, financial markets, politics, market analysis, and investments.

Pulse New Korea gives you the best of Maeil Business Newspaper, the country’s leading [Korean language] publication in that segment. The site also regularly updates its social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

News in English Sponsored by the Korean Government

  • arirang news
  • KBS World
  • TBSeFM

Arirang World

Arirang TV or radio provides English news on Korean politics, economy, IT or science, life or culture, sports and weather. They are also known for their wide range of TV and radio programs on culture, education, entertainment, dramas, documentaries and others. You can find Arirang World on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Naver for daily informative news and programs.

KBS World

KBS World is a 24-hour entertainment program and news channel providing up-to-date news and issues happening in South and North Korea. KBS World comprises KBS World Radio, KBS World TV channel, and KBS World 24.

KBS World TV mainly broadcasts in Korean, but it provides subtitles in English, Malay, and Chinese. KBS World Radio broadcasts in Korean, English, Japanese, French, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic, German, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. KBS World 24 is also available on Youtube where you can watch the latest news, documentaries, historic dramas, and other entertaining and educational programs.

TBSeFM

TBSeFM 101.3MHz is an English-language radio station in Seoul that provides entertaining and educational programs and daily news for its wide audience. TBSeFM is a part of TBS’ 3 channels including TBS FM and TBS TV. You can stay connected with TBSeFM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or you can subscribe to their Youtube channel.

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