ROK New Year message

President Moon’s New Year Message for this year was delivered by video hologram. The below is an unofficial transcript: My fellow Koreans, I wish you a happy New Year and good health. Are you surprised? Reflecting my wish to meet each and every one of you personally, I’m sending greetings as a hologram this year. […]

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President Moon’s 2018 New Year Message

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2018
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Here is the text of President Moon Jae-in’s 2018 New Year Message, sourced from the Blue House website. Fellow Koreans, The New Year of 2018 has arrived. I hope each and every one of you and your family will enjoy better days filled with joy and laughter throughout the New Year. We all have prevailed […]

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President Park’s 2016 New Year Message

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2016
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Here is the text of President Park Geun-hye’s 2016 New Year Message, sourced from the Blue House website. Fellow Koreans, The New Year of 2016 has dawned. In the Year of the Red Monkey, a symbol of creativity and wisdom, I hope every one of us will pool our creative enthusiasm and wisdom to make […]

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President Park’s 2015 New Year Message

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2015
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Here is the text of President Park Geun-hye’s 2015 New Year Message, sourced from the Blue House website. Fellow Koreans, New year 2015, the Year of the Sheep, has dawned. I hope all your dreams and hopes will come true throughout the year. This historic year marks the 70th anniversary of liberation and, at the […]

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President Park’s 2014 New Year Message

by Philip Gowman 4 January 2014
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I didn’t spot a Presidential address this time last year – maybe it was because of the interregnum. But here’s this year’s. 274 words, compared with Kim Jong-un’s 4,361. Fellow Koreans, New Year 2014, the Year of the Blue Horse, has begun. I wish you all a year full of hope and the energy of […]

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President Lee’s 2011 New Year policy address to the nation

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2011
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The text of President Lee’s New Year address to the RoK, from Korea.net. Toward an Advanced, Leading Country During the Next Decade 1. Significance of 2010 and 2011 Good morning, fellow Koreans, The New Year of the Rabbit, 2011, has dawned. The rabbit is a symbol of wisdom and abundance, and I hope it will […]

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President Lee Myung-bak’s 2010 New Year message to the nation

by Philip Gowman 4 January 2010
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Somewhat less wordy than the Joint New Year Editorial issued north of the border, and there’s also a subtitled video to go with it: My fellow Koreans, 2010, a New Year full of hope, has just dawned. Did you have good dreams last night? Even in the face of crisis last year, we created a […]

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