South Korean President Moon Jae In still shining bright a year on

While others before him saw their popularity plunge after the honeymoon period, Mr Moon's approval rating soared back up to a high of 83 per cent.

South Korean President Moon Jae In (right) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un embracing in the truce village of Panmunjom last month.
South Korean President Moon Jae In (right) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un embracing in the truce village of Panmunjom last month.PHOTO: REUTERS

South Korean President Moon Jae In's first anniversary in office yesterday was a "humble, quiet" day with just a small concert with his neighbours to mark the occasion, according to his office.

This low-key approach is in stark contrast to the euphoria still running high in the country, as city governments and major companies rush to unveil plans for inter-Korea projects and exchanges aligned with the historic meeting between Mr Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un two weeks ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2018, with the headline 'Moon still shining bright a year on'. Print Edition | Subscribe