Moon Jae-in’s 2021 New Year speech

Set out below is the unofficial translation of President Moon’s 2021 New Year’s Address, sourced from the Cheongwadae website: People-driven aspirations: Recovery, Inclusiveness and Resurgence Fellow Koreans, The Year of the White Ox is upon us. Painfully aware of the current situation, I wish everyone hope. I can fully understand why people are saying that […]

Moon Jae-in’s 2020 New Year speech

Here is the text of President Moon Jae-in’s 2020 New Year Message, sourced from the Blue House website. Fellow Koreans, The New Year, the Year of the White Rat, has dawned. We rang out the significant past year that marked the centennial of the March First Independence Movement and the founding of the Provisional Republic […]

President Moon’s 2019 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. […]

President Moon’s 2018 New Year Message

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 […]

President Park’s 2016 New Year Message

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 […]

President Park’s 2015 New Year Message

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 […]

President Park’s 2014 New Year Message

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 […]