Korea Foundation

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The Korea Foundation
Founded 1991
Founder Government of the Republic of Korea
Area served
Website http://www.kf.or.kr
Korea Foundation
Hangul 한국국제교류재단
Hanja 韓國國際交流財團
Revised Romanization Hanguk gukje gyoryu jaedan
McCune–Reischauer Hankuk kukche kyoryu chaetan

The Korea Foundation (Korean: 한국국제교류재단, Hanja: 韓國國際交流財團) is in the Diplomatic Center Building in Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea.[1] It was established in 1991 by the Korea Foundation Act (No. 4414 / promulgated on December 14, 1991) with the aim to enhance the image of Korea in the world and also to promote academic and cultural exchange programs. It is an independent organization affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently, Sihyung Lee is the 12th president of the Foundation.


The mission of The Korea Foundation is to promote better understanding of Korea within the international community and to increase friendship and goodwill between Korea and the rest of the world through various exchange programs. (Article 1, Korea Foundation Act)


[Korean Studies]

Support for Korean Studies Overseas

  • KF Global e-School
  • Support for Establishment of Professorships
  • Support for Employing Teaching Staff
  • Dispatch of Visiting Professor
  • Designated Donation Programs


  • Korean Language Training
  • Field Research
  • Graduate Studies
  • Postdoctoral

Programs and Workshops

  • Support for Korean Studies Center/Society Academic Activities
  • Korean Studies Workshop for Foreign Educators

[Cultural Exchange]

Support for Overseas Museums

  • Support for Establishment of Korean Galleries
  • Support for Exhibitions and Programs
  • Professional Support and Exchange

Exhibitions and Performances

  • Korea Festival
  • Exhibitions (Domestic @ KF Cultural Center & abroad)
  • Performances (Support for Showcasing Korean Culture and Arts Overseas)

[Intellectual Exchange and Global Networking]

Intellectual Exchange

  • Inviting Distinguished Individuals from Overseas
  • Next Generation Leaders Program

Global Networking

  • KF Global Seminar
  • KF Forum
  • Bilateral Forums (by country)
  • Korea Public Diplomacy Forum
  • Global Media Forum
  • Public Diplomacy Network
  • Policy-Oriented Research Grant Program
  • Public Diplomacy Policy Research

Peoples' Participation

  • KF Global Internship (KF Global Think-Tank Internship, KF-Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow Program)
  • KF Global Leadership (KF Global Citizenship, KF Global Leadership Camp)
  • Youth Exchange Program
  • Support for Diplomatic NGOs


Publications about Korea

  • Koreana
  • Korea Focus
  • Publication Support

Videos on Korea

  • Broadcasting Korean TV Dramas Overseas
  • Support for Introducing Korean Films at Korean Diplomatic Missions abroad

Resources and Materials

  • Distribution of Resources for Korean Studies
  • Support for Korean Studies e-Resources (http://ebook.kf.or.kr) Nurimedia is one of the applicable database recipients of Korean Studies e-resources grants.[2]
  • Korean Collective Consortium of North America
  • KF-KOSSDA Social Science Data Service

Overseas Offices[edit]

  • United States(Washington D.C., Los Angeles)
  • Japan(Tokyo)
  • China(Beijing)
  • Russia(Moscow)
  • Germany(Berlin)
  • Vietnam(Hanoi)


Lee, Sihyung(May 13, 2016~)

  • Former Korean Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the OECD
  • Former Deputy Trade Minister
  • Former Chief of Protocol of G20 Presidential Committee
  • Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Poland

Former Presidents[edit]

Yu, Hyeok-in (Jan. 3 – Oct. 9, 1992)

  • Senior Secretary to the President for Political Affairs
  • Minister, Bureau of Public Information
  • Chairman, Korea International Culture Association

Son, Chu-whan (Oct. 26, 1992 – Dec. 29, 1994)

  • Senior Secretary to the President for Political Affairs
  • Minister, Bureau of Public Information

Choi, Chang-yoon (Dec. 31, 1994 – Mar. 30, 1996)

  • Minister, Bureau of Public Information
  • Senior Secretary to the President for Political Affairs
  • Minister of Government Administration

Kim, Jung-won (Apr. 29, 1996 – Feb. 24, 1998)

  • Special Advisor to President Kim Yeong-sam, Democratic Liberal Party
  • Second Associate Manager, Agency for National Security Planning
  • Ambassador-at-large to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lee, Joung-binn (Apr. 10, 1998 – Jan. 14, 2000)

  • Chairman, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security
  • Korean Ambassador to Russia
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Lee, In-ho (Feb. 21, 2000 – Dec. 29, 2003)

  • Korean Ambassador to Finland
  • Korean Ambassador to Russia

Kwon, In-hyuk (Jan. 6, 2004 – Jan. 5, 2007)

  • Korean Ambassador to France
  • Korean Ambassador to the Netherlands

Yim, Sung-joon (Feb. 27, 2007 – Feb. 26, 2010)

  • Korean Ambassador to Canada
  • Senior Secretary to the President for National Security Affairs

Kim, Byung-Kook (Jun. 14, 2010 – Mar. 1, 2012)

  • Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs and National Security
  • President, East Asia Institute
  • Professor, Department of Political Science, Korea University

Kim, Woosang (Mar. 1, 2012 – May. 10, 2013)

  • Korean Ambassador to Australia
  • Professor, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University

Hyun-seok Yu (May. 13, 2013 - May. 11, 2016)

  • Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Kyung Hee University
  • Professor, Department of International Relations, Chung-Ang University

Public transport connection[edit]

  • Yangjae Station (Line 3), Exit 12, approximately 200 m ahead (the building after Seocho District Office and Korea National Diplomatic Academy)
  • Korea Foundation Cultural Center : Euljiro 1-ga Station (Line 2), Exit 4 (5 min. on foot), Euljiro 3-ga Station (Lines 2, 3), Exit 1 (15 min. on foot)or Jonggak Station (Line 1), Exits 4,5 (15 min. on foot)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Koreana: a Quarterly on Korean Culture & Arts". Koreana. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ Shin, Hee-Sook; et al. (March 27, 2014). "Collective Subscription of Korean Studies E-Resources" (PDF). Council on East Asian Libraries. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 

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