Kyunghyang Shinmun

Kyunghyang Shinmun
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Kyunghyang, Co.
Editor Jo ho-yeon
Founded 6 October, 1946
Political alignment "moderate progressive"[1]
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Circulation 350,000[1]
Korean name
Hangul 경향신문
Revised Romanization Gyeonghyang Sinmun
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏnghyang Sinmun

The Kyunghyang Shinmun or Kyonghyang Sinmun is a major daily newspaper published in South Korea. It is based in Seoul. The name literally means Urbi et Orbi Daily News.[1]


Kyunghyang Shinmun was founded in 1946 by the Catholic Church,[1] which explains its name. Before the Korean War, it was edited by Fr. Peter Ryang, a refugee from the North, and its circulation was 100,000.[2] Kyunghyang Shinmun was temporarily closed down in May 1959 by the Rhee administration on grounds of having printed "false editorials",[3] but revived after the pro-democracy April Revolution of 1960.[1] The newspaper is no longer associated with the Catholic Church.[1]

It later came to be owned by the Hanwha chaebol.[4] Hanwha relinquished its control of the newspaper after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, at the same time as Hanhwa's competitor Hyundai gave up its own daily, the Munhwa Ilbo.[4]

Current operations

In 1998, Kyunghyang Shinmun became an independent newspaper with employee ownership.[1] The CEO is elected by the employees; the editor-in-chief, though appointed by the CEO, must be approved by a majority of the journalist-employees.[1]

The newspaper employs 600 people, including 240 journalists and maintains foreign bureaus in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Beijing. It reports 1.3 million daily visitors to its website and 6.2 million daily page-views. The company also publishes a daily sports newspaper (Sports Kyunghyang), a weekly news magazine (The Jugan Kyunghyang) and a monthly lifestyle magazine for women (The Lady Kyunghyang).[1]

Like the newer daily The Hankyoreh, Kyunghyang Shinmun leans toward anti-government reporting,[5] describing itself as "moderate progressive".[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Who is the Kyunghyang Shinmun (Kyunghyang Daily News)" Kyunghyang Shinmun website (English). Retrieved 2011-10-06.
  2. "Korean Priest Who Fled Iron Curtain Preaches Here", The Pittsburgh Press, 1950-05-18, retrieved 2010-06-25
  3. "Opposition Paper Closed in Korea; News Falsification ChargedShutdown Protested by U. S. Embassy", The New York Times, 1959-05-02, retrieved 2010-06-25 (fee required for full article).
  4. 1 2 Gunaratne, Shelton A. (2000), Handbook of the media in Asia, Sage Publications, p. 620, ISBN 978-0-7619-9427-5
  5. Do, Je-hae (2009-04-13), "Certain Dailies Given Priority in State Ads", The Korea Times, retrieved 2010-06-25

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