Welcome to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the State of Israel
Since its establishment in Tel Aviv 1993, the Korean Embassy has been working to facilitate friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the State of Israel as well as to promote rights of Koreans residing in Israel and to ensure the safety of Korean visitors. With the opening of the new Embassy building in Herzliya 2016, and with the launch of the new Administration of the Republic of Korea, the Embassy is now striving to realize ‘people-oriented’ foreign policy.
The guiding principle of the new Administration’s foreign policy is the people and national interest. Under the national vision of ‘A Nation of the People, a Republic of Korea of Justice’, the new Administration is focusing its diplomatic capacity to bringing about peace and prosperity in Korean Peninsular and protecting the lives and safety of its own people. In this regard, Israel – one of the major actors in Middle East and a country where more than 30,000 Koreans visit each year – is an important partner to Korea. The Embassy regards it its highest duty to enhance safety and rights of Korean people visiting Israel, and takes all necessary measures to ensure that.
Israel and Korea have many things in common. Both overcame the challenges of unfavorable geopolitical condition and scant natural resources. They both achieved democracy and market economy despite its difficult history thanks to their excellent human resources and unwavering spirit of the people. The Israelis are becoming increasingly eager for Korean culture, food, products and tourism, and they also take note of Korea’s maturing democracy. Korean tourists to Israel also continue to increase, along with Korean enterpreneurs and young start-up businessmen seeking the spirit of the Israeli innovation and startup culture.
Since the establishment of Korea-Israel diplomatic ties in 1962, the bilateral relations have continued to flourish in all areas. Recently, based on the two countries complementary industrial structure, FTA is being negotiated. Cooperation in the sectors of high-tech, start-up and basic science - the sectors that will lead the 4th industrial revolution – are ever deepening. The Embassy will do its utmost in strengthening this cooperation.
I hope this website will contribute to the furthering of the bilateral relations, and will serve as a communication channel between you and the Embassy.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Choi Yong Hwan