English-language Media in South Korea

Information on local and international English-language print and broadcast media available in South Korea...

English Radio

There are several English radio stations that serve South Korea. Most stations play various forms of Korean pop (k-pop) and rock music. For a wider variety, listening to online radio is the best option.

  • TBS e-FM 101.3: radio station broadcasting news about South Korea in English. The Talk-radio programming in English covers sports, events, history, entertainment and the economy
  • Jeju Arirang Radio: English radio station in Jeju and Seoguipo
  • Busan e-FM 90.5: music and talk radio station featuring current affairs, business and finance, lifestyle, sport and entertainment programmes and on-air live musical performances
  • Gwangju e-FM - 98.7FM: broadcasting music and news in English, as well as Korean lifestyle and information for tourists
  • KBS World Radio: broadcasting Korean and international news, sport and weather, as well as music, interviews and cultural information in 11 languages
  • AFN Korea: American Forces network

Radio on the Internet: English-language stations online

Radio stations often stream their broadcasts on the Internet. In order to listen to their programmes it is necessary to have RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, both of which can be downloaded.

Television

Throughout South Korea, English-language television is available via satellite/cable providers.

  • For a list of what is on television across South Korea: Click here

There are also a number of commercial channels broadcasting nationally. Most programmes are in Korean, although some foreign movies, dramas and documentaries are broadcast in English with Korean subtitles.

English Language Print Media

There are several English-language newspapers widely distributed throughout South Korea. International magazine titles and local specialist publications are also available.

Most major publications are available online as well as in print. For a more portable digital version, apps like the Mail Plus App from the UK's Daily Mail Group allow the latest news to be read on a phone or tablet, often for a much less than the cost of a subscription.

Newspapers

The following English-language newspapers are available in South Korea:

  • The Korea Times: A daily newspaper with comprehensive coverage of news, business, sport, culture and lifestyle. Also reports on international news
  • The Korea Herald: A daily newspaper covering business, sport, lifestyle and general news
  • Korea JoongAng Daily: A daily newspaper with in-depth coverage of local and international news, entertainment, business, lifestyle, sport and travel

Magazines

There is a wide variety of English-language magazines published for expatriates in South Korea. Specialist magazines printed in limited runs (and usually distributed free) are available at various outlets.

  • 10Mag: A monthly magazine published in Seoul and available from hotels and tourist spots and online
  • Groove Korea Magazine: A monthly, glossy magazine for expatriates with information on forthcoming events, as well as feature articles about living and working in South Korea
  • Seoul Selection: A monthly magazine in English with articles on business, politics and lifestyle, as well as reviews, classified advertisements and guides to Seoul
  • Eloquence: A monthly art magazine
  • Busan Haps: A magazine for English-speakers in Busan
  • Koreana Magazine: A quarterly magazine including art and culture sections

Korean online news in English

International News Links

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