Hankook Ilbo
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Dongwha Enterprise
PublisherSeung Myung-ho
FoundedJune 9, 1954
Political alignmentCentrism[1]
Fiscal conservatism
Cultural liberalism
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
WebsiteHankook Ilbo
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHanguk Ilbo
McCune–ReischauerHan'guk Ilbo

Hankook Ilbo (Korean한국일보; Hanja韓國日報; lit. Korea Daily) is a Korean-language daily newspaper in Seoul, South Korea.[2] As of 2017, it had a daily circulation of about 213,200.[3]

It was previously published by the Hankook Ilbo Media Group, however following an embezzlement scandal in 2013–2014[4][5] it was sold to Dongwha Enterprise, which also owns The Korea Times.[6][7]

Political position

On October 22, 1974, the KCIA arrested the president and editor-in-chief of the Hankook Ilbo in connection to an article negatively commenting on South Korea's involvement in the Vietnam War. Following the arrest, 130 reporters refused to produce the newspaper and the 'Resolution for the Protection of Democratic Press' was adopted.

Hankook Ilbo tends to be economically centre-right and socially centre-left. Hankook Ilbo is a "liberal" media, but this is different from the meaning of "liberal" in the American political context.[8]

Hankook Ilbo officially doesn't put forward ideology other than "centrism". However, Hankook Ilbo has basically shown a fiscal conservative tone that values "fiscal responsibility". The newspaper has often criticized the Moon Jae-in government's fiscal policy for its lack of awareness of "financial soundness" (Korean재정건전성).[9][10] This newspaper also supports "liberal economy".[11]

In contrast to the somewhat conservative tendency financially, the Hankook Ilbo has some cultural liberal tendency. The newspaper supported LGBT and other minority rights and emphasized "diversity".[12] Hankook Ilbo has criticized the hatred of obesity in Korean society.[13] In addition, the Hankook Ilbo has a favorable view of feminism.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "한국일보 회사소개".
  2. ^ 한국일보(韓國日報). Encyclopedia of Korean Culture (in Korean). Academy of Korean Studies. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  3. ^ 2017년도(2016년분) 일간신문 163개사 인증부수 (PDF). Korea Audit Bureau of Circulation (in Korean). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  4. ^ Kim, Hee-jin (7 August 2013). "Hankook Ilbo chairman is arrested for corruption". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  5. ^ "South Korea newspaper owner arrested for embezzlement". 6 August 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ Park, Jin-hai (22 September 2015). "About Dongwha Group". The Korea Times. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Seung Myung-ho named chairman of Korea Times". The Korea Times. 1 November 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Trump and Kim's handshake analyzed around the world". CTV News. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2021. The liberal Hankook Ilbo newspaper marveled that the U.S. president didn't shake hands in the usual "Trump way" of domineering his counterpart. It also noted that Trump softly tapped Kim on the shoulder and seemed to engage in small talk with him.
  9. ^ "문 정부, 브레이크 없는 확장재정에...나랏빚 1000조, 채무비율 50% 동시 돌파". Hankook Ilbo. 15 August 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  10. ^ "재정건전성 부담 다음 정부로 넘긴 600조 '슈퍼예산'". Hankook Ilbo. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  11. ^ Understanding Journalism in Korea. CommunicationBooks. 2015. ISBN 9791130440439. ... In its statement in the first issue, it declared, "We should carve out a way for commercial newspapers grounded in realism by supporting modern economic theories and advocating a liberal economy"(The Hankook Ilbo, 1984, p.14). ...
  12. ^ "'소수자 삭제'의 폭력". Hankook Ilbo. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  13. ^ ""살찐 게 죄?" 어딜가든 마주치는 한국인의 비만 혐오". Hankook Ilbo. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  14. ^ "번지수 잘못 짚은 두 아재 후보들". Hankook Ilbo. 18 November 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2021.