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The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is a country with its long history in culture and tradition, Korea is a region in East Asia, and surrounded by the ocean on three sides in an unique geographic location. Korea consists of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island, and several minor islands near the peninsula. Korea is bordered by China to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, and neighbours Japan to the east by Korea Strait and the East Sea.

Country Name Republic of Korea National Flower Rose of Sharon
Capital Seoul National Flag Taegeukgi
Total Area 100,188.1km2
(109th largest in the world)
Time Zone GMT + 9 hours
Population 51,663,000(IMF, ’18. 04) Form of Government Democratic republic
Official Language Korean GDP GDP 16,932 Billion$
(IMF, '18. 04)
Religion Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, etc National Currency Won (KRW)
1 USD = 1,200 Won
1 EUR = 1,280 Won
Voltage 220V., 60Hz Main Industries Semiconductors, automobiles, shipbuilding, flat panel display, petroleum products, etc.

Spring March ~ May The weather is cold in the morning and at night, and warm in the afternoon. During this season, a variety of beautiful flowers and trees grow and bloom. Warm winter clothes are still needed in March, but light clothes are recommended from April.
Summer June ~ August At the end of June, rainy season starts and last to the July.
From August to September, there are a few storms with heavy rain and wind from August to September.
Fall September ~ November The weather starts to get colder. It is recommended to prepare winter jackets and heating devices. Throughout this season, the sight of vividly colored leaves is enchanting this year.
Winter December ~ February The weather is very cold, ranging from -10oC to 10oC. There are many snow and cold days during the season and last to beginning of February. In addition, winter jackets and heating devices are fully recommended as well as fall season.

Koreans enjoy eating together and sharing their food. A typical Korean meal mainly consists of steamed rice, soup, and side dishes. Types of soup include guk (soup), tang (soup or stet) and jjigye (stew), while the huge variety of side dishes includes seasoned vegetables, steamed dishes, boiled dishes, grilled dishes, stir-fried dishes, deep-fried dishes, and pancake dishes. As an alternative to steamed rice, there are various noodle dishes (hot noodle soup, cold buckwheat noodles), sujebi (hand-pulled dough soup), and tteok (rice cake).

Bulgogi

Samgyeopsal

Buchimgae

Kimchi

Kimbap

Tteokbokki

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A term now widely used to refer to the popularity of Korean entertainment and culture across Asia and other parts of the world, Hallyu or the "Korean Wave" first appeared during the mid-1990s after Korea entered into diplomatic relations with China in 1992 and Korean TV dramas and pop music gained great popularity in Chinese-speaking communities.
The 'Korean Wave' craze has expanded to Korean traditional culture, food, literature and language, creating more and more enthusiasts. A great majority of Hallyu-related organizations are K-Pop fan clubs, but there are also various communities of people who are interested in Korean dramas, food, tourism, and more. As of December 2017, a total of 73.12 million people in 92 countries joined these organizations across Asia, Oceania, the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

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Changdeok Palace

Gyeongbok Palace

N Seoul Tower

Hanok Village

In-sa Dong

Myeong Dong

Contents Source : Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Korea >>

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