Korea have participated in all the Olympic tournaments except Moscow 1980 and Barcelona 1992. They twice came close to a podium finish, losing the bronze medal matches in Munich 1972 to North Korea 3-0 and in London 2012 to Japan also 3-0.
At the FIVB World Championships Korea won bronze medals in 1967 and 1974 but have not been on the podium since. They failed to qualify in 2014 but were back in 2018 when they ranked 17th amongst the 24 participants. Korea have also won bronze medals in the first two editions of the FIVB World Cup in 1973 and 1977. At continental level they have never won the Asian Championship (7 silver and 8 bronze), but have taken gold twice (1994 and 2014) at the Asian Games.
Korea have made 18 appearances in the FIVB World Grand Prix winning a single bronze medal through the tournament's history when they beat Japan 3-1 in the deciding match of the 1997 edition.
Korea were 12th overall in the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League last year, after completing pool play with a 5-10 record.