|South Korean passport holders can travel freely to 188 countries and territories. Yonhap|
By Jung Min-ho
South Korea has the third most powerful passport in the world, according to the latest study by law firm Henley & Partners.
The 2018 Henley Passport Index Ranking showed Tuesday that the country's passport allows holders to travel freely to 188 countries and territories.
Only the Japanese passport (190) and the Singaporean passport (189) offer visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to more destinations.
Myanmar this month became the 188th country to give South Korean visitors a visa waiver.
German and French passports are tied for third.
Iraq and Afghanistan ranked at the low end of the spectrum, providing visa-free access to 30 countries each, with Syria and Somalia only just ahead with 32 visa-free destinations.
The Henley Passport Index ranks the travel documents based on data from the International Air Transport Association, the world's largest database of travel information.
1. Japan (190)
2. Singapore (189)
3. South Korea, France, Germany (188)
4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain (187)
1. Afghanistan, Iraq (30)
2. Syria, Somalia (32)
3. Pakistan (33)
4. Yemen (37)