Young-PyoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s country were the story of the last tournament in 2002 when they reached the semi-finals on home soil.
Under the guidance of Guus Hiddink, South Korea beat Portugal on the way to topping their group before knocking out Italy and Spain.
Young-Pyo started those three matches and was in the line-up again when the dream finally ended in the semi-finals against Germany. They lost the third/fourth place play-off against Turkey.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The last World Cup was unbelievably enjoyable for the national team and for our nation,Ã¢â‚¬Â recalled Young-Pyo, who played 32 times for us in his first season in the Premiership. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was a special case, I think.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This Korean team is much better than last time because many players now have experience of European football and there are so many good young guys coming through.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But this World Cup is in Europe and it will be harder for us - I think if we get into the second round it will be a successful for Korea.Ã¢â‚¬Â
South Korea face France, Switzerland and Togo in Group G with Young-Pyo kicking-off against Togo on June 13.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our target has to be to get to the knockout stages,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I'm very positive because we played in the semi-final of the last World Cup and that is very advantageous for us, that will help us.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lee Young-Pyo insists reaching the knockout stages in Germany will represent a successful World Cup for South Korea.