The visit aims to build and enhance commercial ties between the two countries, and the Minister is meeting a number of UK and South Korean businesses to support increased trade.
Alongside Minister Yu Woo-ik from the Ministry of Unification, Mr Swire will then meet a number of key South Korean Ministers to discuss issues including North-East Asian Security and international foreign policy.
The Minister will also launch the 2012 English for the Future programme, a scheme offering English language courses to new settlers of North Korean origin in South Korea.
Ahead of the visit, Mr Swire said:
“I am delighted that my first visit to Asia as a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister is to South Korea. It is a close ally and an extremely important commercial partner. The wide selection of South Korean Ministers I am meeting shows the depth and diversity of the interaction. While the political and commercial links between South Korea and the UK are already strong, I am absolutely committed to making them even stronger.”