List of ambassadors of the United Kingdom to South Korea

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His Majesty's Ambassador
to South Korea
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Colin Crooks
since March 2022
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Embassy in Seoul
StyleHis Excellency
Reports toSecretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
ResidenceSejong-daero 19-gil 24, Jung-gu, Seoul
AppointerThe Crown
on advice of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderVyvyan Holt
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
DeputySue Kinoshita, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission and Director of UK Trade and Investment
WebsiteBritish Embassy Seoul

The British ambassador to South Korea is in charge of the United Kingdom's diplomatic mission to South Korea. The official title is His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (ROK).


Under the Imperial Chinese tributary system, Korea was a tributary state to China. After the United Kingdom–Korea Treaty of 1883 British Ministers to China were appointed as "Her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the Emperor of China, and also Her Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to His Majesty the King of Corea." Britain also appointed consul-generals to be resident in Seoul, but they were not heads of mission, as the head of mission was the minister in Peking (now Beijing). In 1898, following the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–95), the Korean Empire became independent of China, and Britain appointed a chargé d'affaires who became Minister Resident when the United Kingdom and Korea exchanged envoys in 1901.

Consul-General in Seoul[edit]

British representative to Joseon (until 1897) and later Korean Empire (after 1897).

Head of mission to Korea[edit]

Minister to China, non-resident Minister to Korea[edit]

Holders were station in Beijing.

Chargé d'affaires[edit]

Minister Resident[edit]

Under the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1905 Korea became a protectorate of Japan, and Britain and other countries withdrew diplomatic missions from Seoul. After World War II Japan's rule ended and Korea was occupied by the Soviet Union and United States, resulting in division of Korea between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

Korea under Japanese rule[edit]

From 1910 to 1945 Korea was under Dependent territory of the Empire of Japan, thus no longer required a diplomatic mission.

Head of mission to South Korea[edit]

The current mission represents South Korea, while the ambassador for North Korea did not exist until 2000.

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary[edit]

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary[edit]

See also[edit]


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