Archbishop of Seoul Andrew Yeom Soo-jung is to become Korea's third cardinal.
The Vatican on Sunday announced that Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals from 12 countries, including three who are over 80.
They will be officially invested on Feb. 22.
This is the first batch of cardinals appointed by Pope Francis since he assumed office in March last year.
The first Korean to become a cardinal was Stephen Kim Sou-hwan (1922-2009) in 1967, followed by Nicolas Cheong Jin-suk (83) in 2006.
Cheong retired as archbishop of Seoul in June 2012 and is over 80, so he does not have right to vote for the next pope, prompting a search for a younger candidate.