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KBS World is Korean Broadcasting System's international broadcasting service. It consists of KBS World Radio and the KBS World television channel.

KBS World
KBS World (2009).svg
Launched1 July 2003
NetworkKorean Broadcasting System
Owned byKorean Broadcasting System
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
SloganMore than you imagine
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean (with multiple language subtitles)
Broadcast areaInternational
HeadquartersContent Business Department,13, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Sister channel(s)KBS 1TV
GVT (Brazil)Channel 145 (until 2016)
Transvision (Indonesia)Channel 323 (HD)
Big TV (Indonesia)Channel 569
Medianet Hits (Maldives)Channel 856 (HD)
(United States)
Channel 2082
Real VU (Bangladesh)Channel 471 (HD)
Astro (Malaysia)Channel 391 (SD)
Channel 392 (HD)
Meo (Portugal) (Portugal)Channel 239
Zon (Portugal)Channel 242
Hot Bird 13°e12476 H (FTA)
Cignal (Philippines)Channel 170 (SD)
Sky Direct (Philippines)Channel 46 (SD)
G Sat (Philippines)Channel 73 (HD)
Channel 63
StarHub TV (Singapore)Channel 815
SkyCable(Philippines)Channel 75 (Digital/Metro Manila)
Channel 822 (Other Cities)
TrueVisions(Thailand)Channel 245 (SD)
Channel 143 (HD)
Cablelink(Philippines)Channel 78
Destiny Cable(Philippines)Channel 75 (Digital)
Macau Cable TV (Macau)Channel 202
Etisalat eLife (United Arab Emirates)Channel 1066 (HD)
Now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 156
Singtel TV (Singapore)Channel 376 (HD)
Peo TV (Sri Lanka)Channel 87


The foreign-language radio broadcast from KBS (before its restructure into a public broadcaster in March 1973) was started as "The Voice of Free Korea" in 1953. It officially became a part of KBS in July 1968. The station was renamed Radio Korea in March 1973, and then Radio Korea International in August 1994.

In July 2003, KBS World, an international television channel aimed at Koreans abroad, started broadcasting. In March 2005, Radio Korea International became KBS World Radio. Majority of the drama has their own subtitle depending on the country such as English, Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Indonesian.



KBS World Radio is South Korea's sole foreign language promotional broadcast for the entire world. Its programming features news, culture, music, entertainment, as well as Korean lessons.

KBS World Radio currently broadcasts in Korean, English, Japanese, French, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic, German and Vietnamese and Cantonese.


KBS World's TV programming is sourced from KBS's domestic television services. It mainly broadcast in Korean, but subtitles in English, Malay and Chinese are also provided.

Apart from the signals from Seoul, there are three separate services operated by KBS's subsidiaries tailored to specific markets: the Japanese version of KBS World, operated by KBS Japan, targets Japanese audiences, the Indonesian version of KBS World, operated by OKTN, targets Indonesian audiences, while the American version of KBS World, operated by KBS America, targets audiences in both North and South America.

Former KBS World logo used from 2003 to 2009


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