Relations between Turkey and South Korea

Political relations between Turkey and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) were established on 11 August 1949, with Turkey’s recognition of the Republic of Korea as an independent state. Our participation in the Korean War created a special bond in our bilateral relations.

Turkey is ranked third in terms of the number of martyrs among 16 countries that participated in the Korean War. 966 Turkish soldiers died during the war. The UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan/Korea honors 462 of these soldiers. South Korean people describe Turkish people as "blood brothers".

The Turkish Brigade, which participated in the Korean War,was the only military unit that built a school for Korean orphans.

Diplomatic relations were established in 1957. Bilateral relations were upgraded to the Strategic Partnership level in 2012, and continue to develop steadily with frequent high level visits. Turkey and South Korea also enjoy close cooperation in international organizations, especially in the UN and the G-20.

In addition, MITKA is a platform where Turkish and Korean Foreign Ministers exchange views on a regular basis.


Parliamentary Friendship Groups have been established in both countries’ National Assemblies.