Country: South Korea

Looted Korean royal seals to return home from U.S.

(South Korea; United States of America)

Yonhap News Agency (2017). Looted Korean royal seals to return home from U.S.. Yonhap News Agency. 30 June.

Stolen Buddhist painting exhibited to public after discovery in U.S.

(South Korea; United States of America)

Yonhap News Agency (2017). Stolen Buddhist painting exhibited to public after discovery in U.S.. Yonhap News Agency. 23 June.

One of S Koreas Most Famous Paintings, but by Whom?

(South Korea)

Haeryun Kang (2017). One of S Koreas Most Famous Paintings, but by Whom?. Korea Exposé. 2 June.

Gallery operator, painter indicted for counterfeiting artist's works

(South Korea)

Yonhap News Agency (2017). Gallery operator, painter indicted for counterfeiting artist's works. Yonhap News Agency. 18 April.

First high court hearing on stolen Buddhist statue upcoming

(South Korea; Japan)

Yonhap News Agency (2017). First high court hearing on stolen Buddhist statue upcoming. Yonhap News Agency. 20 March.

Stolen Buddhist statue to return to Buyeo temple after 30 years

(South Korea)

Yonhap News Agency (2017). Stolen Buddhist statue to return to Buyeo temple after 30 years. Yonhap News Agency. 13 March.

Theft of artifacts rampant due to legal loopholes Police crack down on thieves, but critics say laws need to change

(South Korea)

Korea JoongAng Daily (2017). Theft of artifacts rampant due to legal loopholes Police crack down on thieves, but critics say laws need to change. Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 March.

Gov't reveals 29 lost state seals

(South Korea)

The Korea Times (2017). Gov't reveals 29 lost state seals. The Korea Times. 1 March.

South Korean Government Accused of Blacklisting 9,000 Artists—Here's What You Need to Know

(South Korea)

Anna Louie Sussman (2017). South Korean Government Accused of Blacklisting 9,000 Artists—Here's What You Need to Know. Artsy. 17 February.

South Korea ex-culture minister charged over artist blacklist

(South Korea)

AFP (2017). South Korea ex-culture minister charged over artist blacklist. Art Daily. 11 February.

New document by Chun Kyung-ja says 'Beautiful Woman' is fake

(South Korea)

Yonhap News Agency (2017). New document by Chun Kyung-ja says 'Beautiful Woman' is fake. Yonhap News Agency. 7 February.

Debate over statue highlights complexities of ownership

(South Korea; Japan)

Korea JoongAng Daily (2017). Debate over statue highlights complexities of ownership. Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 February.

Court approves stay of execution on return order for stolen Buddhist statue

(South Korea; Japan)

Yonhap News Agency (2017). Court approves stay of execution on return order for stolen Buddhist statue. Yonhap News Agency. 1 February.

South Korea Can Keep Buddha Statue Stolen From Japan, Court Says

(South Korea; Japan)

Choe Sang-Hun (2017). South Korea Can Keep Buddha Statue Stolen From Japan, Court Says. The New York Times. 26 January.

South Korea's culture minister Cho Yoon Sun resigns after arrest over arts blacklist

(South Korea)

AFP (2017). South Korea's culture minister Cho Yoon Sun resigns after arrest over arts blacklist. The Straits Times. 21 January.

Japan Recalls South Korean Ambassador in Protest of 'Comfort Women' Memorial

(South Korea; Japan)

Sarah Cascone (2017). Japan Recalls South Korean Ambassador in Protest of 'Comfort Women' Memorial. ArtNet News. 12 January.

French art experts blast Seoul over 'fake' painting

(South Korea)

AFP (2016). French art experts blast Seoul over 'fake' painting. Bangkok Post. 28 December.

Art world embroiled in series of forgery scandals

(South Korea)

Kwon Mee-yoo (2016). Art world embroiled in series of forgery scandals. Korea Times. 27 December.

Chun Kyung-ja's long-disputed artwork declared genuine

(South Korea)

The Korea Herald (2016). Chun Kyung-ja's long-disputed artwork declared genuine. Korea Herald. 19 December.

18th-century Buddhist painting returned to home soil

(South Korea)

Kim Yu-young (2016). 18th-century Buddhist painting returned to home soil. Korea Herald. 8 December.

Stolen Buddhist painting to be returned to Korea

(South Korea)

Sang-Un Kim (2016). Stolen Buddhist painting to be returned to Korea. The Dong-A Ilbo. 7 December.

Forgery scandal surrounding Lee Ufan's work grows in Korea with three arrests

(South Korea)

Victoria Stapley-Brown Nathalie Eggs (2016). Forgery scandal surrounding Lee Ufan's work grows in Korea with three arrests. The Art Newspaper. 21 November.

Three More Arrested in South Korea for Producing and Selling Lee Ufan Forgeries

(South Korea)

Alyssa Buffenstein (2016). Three More Arrested in South Korea for Producing and Selling Lee Ufan Forgeries. ArtNet News. 18 November.

Artist Lee U-fan's forgery scandal continues

(South Korea)

Kim Yu-young (2016). Artist Lee U-fan's forgery scandal continues. Korea Herald. 16 November.

48 artifact smugglers caught in police probe

(South Korea)

Park Ming-Je (2016). 48 artifact smugglers caught in police probe. Korea JoongAng Daily. 10 November.

Police Reclaim 4,500 Stolen Cultural Assets

(South Korea)

KBS (2016). Police Reclaim 4,500 Stolen Cultural Assets. KBS World. 8 November.

S. Korean museum rejects French forgery allegations

(South Korea)

Yonhap News Agency (2016). S. Korean museum rejects French forgery allegations. Yonhap News Agency. 4 November.

Ministry seeks law to fight art forgery crimes

(South Korea)

Kwon Mee-yoo (2016). Ministry seeks law to fight art forgery crimes. Korea Times. 6 October.

An 18th-Century Temple Buddha Painting Returns to Korea after an Epic Journey

(South Korea)

Alexxa Gotthardt (2016). An 18th-Century Temple Buddha Painting Returns to Korea after an Epic Journey. Artsy. 15 September.

23 cultural assets damaged after quake in ancient capital

(South Korea)

Yonhap News Agency (2016). 23 cultural assets damaged after quake in ancient capital. Yonhap News Agency. 13 September.

Stolen Buddhist painting to be returned from U.S.

(South Korea)

Yonhap News Agency (2016). Stolen Buddhist painting to be returned from U.S.. Yonhap News Agency. 1 September.

Pilfered paintings get digital recreation: Korean art kept overseas animated as part of new exhibit going on at DDP

(South Korea)

Kim Hyung-Eun (2016). Pilfered paintings get digital recreation: Korean art kept overseas animated as part of new exhibit going on at DDP. Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 August.

Japan, S. Korea at odds over true ownership of stolen statue

(Japan; South Korea)

Toru Higashioka (2016). Japan, S. Korea at odds over true ownership of stolen statue. The Asahi Shimbun. 26 July.

Another Chun Kyung-ja painting suspected of forgery

(South Korea)

Kwon Mee-yoo (2016). Another Chun Kyung-ja painting suspected of forgery. Korea Times. 11 July.

A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They're Real

(South Korea)

Isaac Kaplan (2016). A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They're Real. Artsy. 6 July.

Lee Ufan Refuses Police Request to Confirm 13 Forgeries of His Work

(South Korea)

Rain Embuscado (2016). Lee Ufan Refuses Police Request to Confirm 13 Forgeries of His Work. ArtNet News. 5 July.

Why is Korean art market vulnerable to forgery?

(South Korea)

The Korea Herald (2016). Why is Korean art market vulnerable to forgery?. Korea Herald. 21 June.

Korean Art Dealer Indicted for Forged Lee Ufan Paintings

(South Korea)

Brian Boucher (2016). Korean Art Dealer Indicted for Forged Lee Ufan Paintings. ArtNet News. 8 June.

S. Korea unsure whether stolen Buddhist statue was previously plundered: broadcaster

(South Korea; Japan)

Yonhap News Agency (2016). S. Korea unsure whether stolen Buddhist statue was previously plundered: broadcaster. Yonhap News Agency. 16 April.

Family of deceased artist files suit over museum's claims

(South Korea)

Kwon Mee-yoo (2016). Family of deceased artist files suit over museum's claims. Korea Times. 29 March.

12 'Poorly Forged' Lee Ufan Paintings Spark Investigation in South Korea

(South Korea)

Rain Embuscado (2016). 12 'Poorly Forged' Lee Ufan Paintings Spark Investigation in South Korea. ArtNet News. 19 February.

Photographer Wins Suit Against Nikon Over 'Comfort Women' Exhibition

(Japan; South Korea; North Korea)

Michael Zhang (2015). Photographer Wins Suit Against Nikon Over 'Comfort Women' Exhibition. PetaPixel. 26 December.

Retired looters help police find stolen artifacts

(South Korea)

The Korea Herald (2015). Retired looters help police find stolen artifacts. Korea Herald. 5 November.

3-D exhibit to bring Korean cultural properties from abroad

(South Korea)

So Jung Park (2015). 3-D exhibit to bring Korean cultural properties from abroad. Yonhap News Agency. 28 October.

Family Rift Clouds Death of Top South Korean Artist

(South Korea)

AFP (2015). Family Rift Clouds Death of Top South Korean Artist. Khmer Times. 28 October.

Four arrested after ancient burial sites found looted

(South Korea)

Youn-Ho Kim (2015). Four arrested after ancient burial sites found looted. Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 October.

Monk jailed for Buddha statue theft

(Japan; South Korea)

AFP (2015). Monk jailed for Buddha statue theft. IOL. 13 August.

South Korean monk gets six years in prison for stealing Japanese religious items

(Japan; South Korea)

The Japan Times (2015). South Korean monk gets six years in prison for stealing Japanese religious items. The Japan Times. 13 August.

A step toward bringing Korean treasures home

(South Korea)

Kim Hyung-Eun (2015). A step toward bringing Korean treasures home. Korea JoongAng Daily. 10 August.

Stolen Buddhist painting returned from U.S.

(South Korea)

So Jung Park (2015). Stolen Buddhist painting returned from U.S.. The Korea Observer. 21 July.

Stolen statue returned: Government must actively seek return of looted artifacts

(South Korea)

The Korea Herald (2015). Stolen statue returned: Government must actively seek return of looted artifacts. Korea Herald. 17 July.

S. Korea to return stolen Buddha statue to Japan

(South Korea; Japan)

Akihiko Kaise (2015). S. Korea to return stolen Buddha statue to Japan. The Asahi Shimbun. 15 July.

Lost Yi Sun-shin book found in museum

(South Korea)

Mee-yoo Kwan (2015). Lost Yi Sun-shin book found in museum. Korea Times. 6 April.

Four South Koreans held over theft of Tsushima Buddhist statue

(Japan; South Korea)

The Japan Times (2014). Four South Koreans held over theft of Tsushima Buddhist statue. The Japan Times. 25 November.