* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers

* Korean won strengthens against dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

SEOUL, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares rose on Monday as investors took a dovish hint from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's reminder that monetary policies are working to slow the economy as intended. The won gained, while the benchmark bond yield fell.

** The benchmark KOSPI rose 13.98 points, or 0.56%, to 2,518.99 by 01:32 GMT.

** Among index heavyweights, chipmaker Samsung Electronics rose 1.11% and peer SK Hynix gained 0.53%, while battery maker LG Energy Solution climbed 0.47%.

** Noting that a key measure of inflation averaged 2.5% over the six months ending in October, near the Fed's 2% target, Powell said it was clear that U.S. monetary policy was slowing the economy as expected with a benchmark overnight interest rate "well into restrictive territory."

** Hyundai Motor was flat and sister automaker Kia Corp lost 1.05%, while search engine Naver and instant messenger Kakao were up 2.18% and up 2.41%, respectively.

** Of the total 933 traded issues, 464 shares advanced, while 404 declined and 65 were flat.

** Foreigners were net buyers of shares worth 158.7 billion won on the main board on Monday.

** The won was quoted at 1,298.7 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.55% higher than its previous close at 1,305.8.

** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,300.0 per dollar, down 0.5% on the day, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract was quoted at 1,297.0.

** The KOSPI has risen 12.64% so far this year, and gained 5.5% in the previous 30 trading sessions.

** The won has lost 2.6% against the dollar so far this year.

** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.15 point to 104.14.

(Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Rashmi Aich)