Korean history and culture

19 FEBRUARY 2018

How a plot to kill Kim Il Sung ended in mutiny and murder

They were supposed to be a top-secret assassination squad tasked with attacking the residence of North Korea’s then-leader Kim Il Sung. But South Korea’s “Unit 684,” created in 1968 following a brazen attack by North Korea on Seoul’s presidential compound, proved anything but


North Korea cables reveal East Germany’s deep-rooted suspicion of Kim regime

North Korea and communist East Germany cooperated plenty during the Cold War. But almost from the off, GDR officials could smell something rotten in Pyongyang. Their once-secret observations are now freely available

1 JANUARY 2018

Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World

The Korean War has been called “the Forgotten War” in the United States, where coverage of the 1950s conflict was censored and its memory decades later is often overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War

31 JANUARY 2017

Korean troops’ killings in Vietnam still unresolved

According to a Vietnamese military report published in the 1980s, South Korean soldiers killed about 5,000 Vietnamese civilians. Some researchers speculate the number could be as high as 9,000

31 JANUARY 2017

Rewriting history? South Korea unveils controversial state history textbooks

South Korea’s government on Tuesday unveiled the final version of state-issued school history textbooks despite criticism that they are a throwback to the country’s authoritarian past

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