Philippines–South Korea relations

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South Korea-Philippines relations
Map indicating locations of South Korea and Philippines

South Korea


The South Korea-Philippines relations refers to the diplomatic relations of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Philippines. South Korea has an embassy in Manila while the Philippines has an embassy in Seoul. Relations between the two nations are cordial and mutual.


Bilateral relations between South Korea and the Philippines was established on March 3, 1949 upon the recognition of Republic of Korea as a sovereign state by the Philippines. The Philippines was the fifth state to recognize the Republic of Korea and the first ASEAN country to established relations with South Korea. The relations were cemented when the Philippines aided South Korea in the Korean War by sending the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea.[1][2]

Economic relations[edit]

South Korea is the sixth biggest trading partner of the Philippines, while the Philippines is the third most attractive Southeast Asian country for South Korean investors in 2011.[3] South Korea also provides the biggest tourist market for the Philippines. Most tourists who went to the Philippines on 2011 were South Koreans, followed by Japanese and Americans.[4]


As of 2011, There are currently more than 90,000 South Koreans in the Philippines. A statistics of South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade recorded their population. A fall of 16% since 2009 after a period of rapid growth in the population in the preceding decade,[5][6][7] and more than 45,000 Filipinos residing in South Korea.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philippines-South Korea Relations". Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
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  4. ^ "PH welcomes 1 millionth Korean visitor this year". ABS-CBN News. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  5. ^ 《재외동포 본문(지역별 상세)》, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2011-07-15, p. 104, retrieved 2012-02-25 
  6. ^ 재외동포현황, South Korea: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2009, retrieved 2009-05-21 
  7. ^ Meinardus, Ronaldo (2005-12-15), "Korean Wave" in Philippines, The Korea Times, archived from the original on 2006-01-11, retrieved 2007-02-16 
  8. ^ "체류외국인 국적별 현황", 《2009년도 출입국통계연보》, South Korea: Ministry of Justice, 2009, p. 262, retrieved 2011-03-21