Former presidents' summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il were jointly chosen as the top national story of the decade by The Korea Times. Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun visited Pyongyang in 2000 and 2006 respectively to discuss peace with the leader of the communist nation. In the international category, the terrorist attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2002 has been selected as the top story of this decade. The following are lists of the 10 major domestic and overseas events compiled by The Korea Times that defined the first decade of the 21st century.
1. South-North Korean Summits 2. Korean Golfers Dominate LPGA 3. Kim Dae-jung Wins Nobel Peace Prize 4. Roh Moo-hyun Commits Suicide 5. Birthrate Hits Record Low 6. North Korea Tests Nuclear Bombs 7. 2002 World Cup Korea/Japan 8. Top Sports Stars Kim Yu-na and Park Tae-hwan 9. Fierce Controversy Over US Beef Imports 10. Korean Wave (Hallyu) Sweeps Asia
1. 9/11 Terrorist Attack on the United States 2. War in Afghanistan 3. War in Iraq 4. Tsunami Hits Southeast Asia 5. Huge Earthquake in Sichuan, China 6. First African-American President Obama 7. Change of Global Financial Landscape 8. Japan's First Power Transfer in Five Decades 9. Birth of Euro Zone and EU President 10. China's Rising Status as a World Power
Korean Wave in Asia:Actor Bae Yong-joon and other top Korean pop stars have created a ripple known as the Korean wave or “hallyu” in Asia. Despite its ups and downs, the Korean wave is expected to remain a strong cultural phenomenon in the region.