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Type: Public
Industry: Internet
Founded: 1999
Headquarters: 6F, IT Venture Tower,78
Garak-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-950
Country: South Korea
Website: KRNIC
Key People
Kwan Ho Song, President
Chung-Hee Jin, Executive Director-KRNIC Internet Name Policy
Chun Eung Hwi, Member- Name & Number Committee
Jae-Chul Sir, Senior Fellow of KISA

KRNIC (Korea Network Information Center) is the domain name registry for South Korea's .kr country code top-level domain name.

KRNIC was founded in 1999 to manage Korea's Internet resources. In 2004, KRNIC became a subsidiary organization of the National Internet Development Agency (NIDA) of Korea. In 2009, NIDA merged with the Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA). KRNIC is now performing its responsibilities as the Korean registry under the supervision of KISA.[1]


KRNIC's primary role is the coordination of Korean Internet resources such as:[2]

  1. Allocate and assign IP addresses and AS numbers
  2. Manage and develop policies for the .kr domain
  3. Ensure the operation and evolution of the DNS, accreditation of registrars, etc.

Qualifications for Registration

KRNIC requires the following qualifications of entities interested in registering a .kr domain name:[3]

  1. Registrants must have a local presence within Korea
  2. Registrants must meet certain criteria that is classified by characteristics of the 2nd level domains


Dr. Young Eum Lee, a member of KRNIC's Number and Name Committee, has been an active participant in the meetings and activities of ICANN.

Meanwhile, on November 3, 2000, Chun Eung Hwi, a member of the Name & Number Committee of KRNIC, made the following recommendations to the ICANN forum regarding new generic top-level domains:[4]

  1. Selection of numerous, diverse gTLDs to allow the ICANN and the Internet community to evaluate possible impacts of the introduction of new gTLDs and ensure the steady and continuous introduction of new gTLDs in the future.
  2. To ease the over-crowding of the .com domain space, several comparable TLDs should be selected.
  3. Allow for a variety of geographical locations of registry operations.
  4. KRNIC also suggested that gLTD's that are closely related with particular regions like .asia and .africa should not be accepted. The institution reasoned that this type of gLTD may cause conflicts in the future if they are handled by a single commercial entity, and if there are no positive consensus from them.
  5. ICANN should consider a different approach for new gTLDs representing public interest or non-profit groups, for example ICANN might select new gTLDs and invite for proposals under a special contract & conditions.
  6. The total sum of the non-refundable application fee of $50,000 for submission of gTLD should be significantly lowered.
  7. To keep the coherent principle in all gTLDs, two existing gTLDs, .gov, and .mil, should be transformed to the 2nd level subdomains of .us domain.

On August 29, 2003, KRNIC president Kwan Ho Song submitted an application with ICANN to become member of the ccNSO.[5]