The Economic Times  Jun 13  Comment 
The South Korean won declined as much as 0.3 per cent and hit its lowest in nearly four weeks.
The Economic Times  Jun 2  Comment 
The South Korean won rose about 0.12 per cent, while the Taiwan dollar inched 0.03 per cent higher.
Forex News  May 29  Comment 
North Korea performed yet another missile test, but markets were not disturbed by the event much. Nevertheless, the South Korean won fell a bit against the US dollar. North Korea fired one short-ranged missile that landed in the sea off its...
Clusterstock  May 10  Comment 
The Korean won ticked up on Wednesday after Moon Jae-in was sworn in as president. The won closed up by 0.3% at 1135.88 per US dollar. Moon's victory could lead to a shift in the Pacific Rim's dynamics. The new president previously stated he...
Clusterstock  May 9  Comment 
The Korean won fell as South Koreans headed to the polls. The won closed down by 0.7% at 1139.24 on Tuesday. Polls in South Korea closed at 7 a.m. ET, although the final results won't be known until later. Liberal Moon Jae-in is expected to...
Clusterstock  May 2  Comment 
The Korean won climbed higher, closing up 0.7% at 1,130.10 per dollar, after a US anti-missile system went live in South Korea. China called for the immediate suspension of the system several hours after its operation was confirmed. The...
The Economic Times  Apr 28  Comment 
In Asia, the South Korean Won led the losses, shedding as much as 0.6% against the dollar.
Reuters  Apr 28  Comment 
Asian stocks slipped on Friday as investors took profits after a strong week, while the Korean won weakened after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would renegotiate or terminate a trade deal with South Korea.
The Hindu Business Line  Apr 28  Comment 
Asian stocks slipped on Friday as investors took profits after a strong week, while the Korean won weakened after US President Donald Trump said he would renegotiate or terminate a trade deal with So...


A single won is divided into 100 jeon, the monetary subunit. The jeon is no longer used for everyday transactions, and appears only in foreign exchange rates.

The won has been in use for thousands of years. During the Colonial era , the won was replaced at par by the yen, made up of the Korean yen. In 1945 after World War II, Korea became divided, resulting in two separate currencies, both called won, for the South and the North. Both the Southern won and the Northern won replaced the yen at par. The first South Korean won was subdivided into 100 jeon.

The South Korean won was initially pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 15 won = 1 dollar. A series of devaluations followed, the later ones in part due to the Korean War

The Bank of Korea is the only institution in South Korea that has the right to print banknotes and mint coins. The banknotes and coins are printed at KOMSCO, a government-owned corporation, under the guidance of the Bank of Korea. After the new crisp banknotes and coins are printed/minted, they are bundled up in bundles/rolls and shipped to the Headquarters of the Bank of Korea. When delivered, the banknotes and coins are deposited inside the Bank's vault, ready to be distributed to commercial banks when requested. Every year, around Seollal and Chuseok, two major Korean holidays, the Bank of Korea distributes large amount of its currency to most of the commercial banks in South Korea, which are then given to their customers upon request.

The chart at left shows the USD/KRW currency pair; the number of Korean Won equivalent to 1 U.S. Dollar (USD).

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