2010 in South Korea

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Events in the year 2010 in South Korea.


South Korean and US Navy admirals inspecting the wreckage of the Cheonan at Pyeongtaek on September 13, 2010.
Leaders of the G-20 countries present at the Seoul Summit.
A building that was damaged by fire after the Bombardment of Yeonpyeong.





  • March 2 – The Education Ministry conducted new teacher evaluation system.
  • March 23 – The ROKS Cheonan, a South Korean Navy ship carrying 104 personnel, sinks off the country's west coast, killing 46. In May, an independent investigation blames North Korea, which denies the allegations.[1][2]
  • March 30 – Han Ju-ho, South Korean naval diver, had died after losing consciousness whilst searching for survivors and another had been hospitalised.


  • April – South Korean government called off the rescue operation for the missing sailors.
  • April 3 – A South Korean warship catches up with an oil tanker that was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.
  • April 15 – Stern section of the ship was winched from the seabed by a large floating crane, drained of water and placed on a barge for transportation to the Pyongtaek navy base.
  • April 21 – South Korea claims it has uncovered a North Korean plot to assassinate the most senior official to defect from the North to the South, Hwang Jang-yop.
  • April 23 – North Korea seizes five properties owned by South Korea in Mount Kumgang.
  • April 24 – The same crane raised the bow portion of the Cheonan. The bodies of 40 personnel out of 46 who went down with the ship were recovered.
  • April 26 – The Government announces the completion of the world’s longest seawall in a reclaimed tidal flat in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province.
  • April 27 – Oh Eun-Sun becomes the first woman to successfully scale all of the world's 14 highest peaks.
  • April 29 – Fallen navy mans of ROKS Cheonan was given a joint funeral.


  • May 16 – The Republic of Korea Navy fires shots at a patrol boat from North Korea during a skirmish.
  • May 20 – South Korean-led investigation carried out by a team of international experts from South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Sweden presented a summary of its investigation, concluding that the warship had been sunk by a North Korean torpedo fired by a midget submarine.
  • May 29 – President Lee Myung-bak, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama meet in Jeju in a trilateral summit to discuss strengthening trade ties and the Cheonan incident.


  • June 2 – The 5th local elections.
  • June 2 – The government says that it will spend 11.3 billion won (US$9.3 million) until 2013 to support research on key three-dimensional 3D TV technologies.
  • June 10 – A second launch of Naro-1. However, the launch ended in failure 137 seconds (2 minutes 17 seconds) later, when contact with the rocket was exploded and lost.
  • June 22 – South Korea national football team qualified for the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup with 4 points, winning 2–0 against Greece, losing 4–1 to Argentina and drawing 2–2 with Nigeria.


  • July 1 – the three neighboring cities, Masan, Changwon and Jinhae unified to create Unified Changwon City, which has a population of 1.08 million.
  • July 9 – The Bank of Korea unexpectedly raise interest rates from 2% to 2.25%.
  • July 24 –The South Korea and United States begin showing off their navy and air force by maneuvering dozens of ships and planes and thousands of troops in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) with intent to "rattle" North Korea.
  • July 28 – Grand National Party wins five out of eight seats in a by-election to National Assembly seats.
  • July 29 – Prime Minister Chung Un-chan resigned.





  • November 1 – Gyongbu express line was opened at Dongdaegu~Singyongju~Ulsan~Busan
  • November 6 – Somali pirates receive a record £7.6m in ransoms for seized South Korean and Singaporean ships.
  • November 11 – 12 – The G-20 summit is held in Seoul, South Korea. Korea becomes the first non-G8 nation to host a G-20 leaders summit.[4]
  • November 13 – Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma won the title of 2010 AFC Champions League.
  • November 18 – The College Scholastic Ability Test.
  • November 18 – A Government report finds that the Sunshine Policy to North Korea adopted by the former government had not resulted in changes to Pyongyang's behaviour.
  • November 23 – North Korea shells Yeonpyeong Island, prompting a military response by South Korea. The incident caused an escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula and prompted widespread international condemnation. The United Nations declared it to be one of the most serious incidents since the end of the Korean War.[5][6][7]


  • December 2 – More than 55,000 animals are being culled after a breakout of foot-and-mouth disease at pig farms in South Korea.
  • December 13 – 8.2 kilometers Busan-Geoje Fixed Link opened.
  • December 18 – A Chinese fishing boat capsizes during a scuffle with a Republic of Korea Coast Guard boat, leaving one dead and two missing.
  • December 20 – The Republic of Korea Marine Corps holds live-fire drill exercises on Yeonpyeong Island. North Korea says it will not retaliate.
  • December 25 – Three fishermen from the People's Republic of China are released from South Korean custody.


See also


  1. ^ "Results Confirm North Korea Sank Cheonan". Daily NK. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Barrowclough, Anne (May 20, 2010). "'All out war' threatened over North Korea attack on warship Cheonan". The Times. London. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  3. ^ G20 summit agrees to reform IMF BBC.
  4. ^ Oliver, Christian (June 25, 2010). "Seoul: S Korea looks forward to its own party". Financial Times. London.
  5. ^ "Tensions high as North, South Korea trade shelling". Dawn. November 24, 2010. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  6. ^ Kim, Dong (November 23, 2010). 北 해안포 도발 감행, 연평도에 포탄 200여발 떨어져. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  7. ^ "Two Koreas exchange fire across maritime border". Reuters. November 23, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2010-02-13. (Korean)
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