The effects of La content on the mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of as-cast Mg-Zn-Zr (ZK) magnesium alloys were investigated. The results showed that La addition to ZK60 alloy resulted in a considerable grain refinement and an increase in the volume fraction of second phases by formation of Mg-Zn-La ternary phase. The tensile tests were performed at both room and elevated temperatures. At room temperature, the yield and tensile strengths and elongation-to-fracture significantly increased with 0.2 wt.% La addition, then deteriorated slightly with increasing La additions above 0.2 wt.%. At 200 A degrees C, the yield and tensile strengths continually improved and elongation-to-fracture decreased with increasing La content due to the presence of thermally stable Mg-Zn-La phase. Immersion and electrochemical corrosion tests revealed that the formation of Mg-Zn-La phases led to a higher amount of cathodic sites and preferential corrosion propagation, and thus a decrease in the corrosion resistance of ZK60 alloys.