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South Korea Introduction

      Korea is a land in eastern Asia that consists of two states. One is the Republic of Korea--usually called South Korea. Seoul is its capital and largest city.
       The other is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea--commonly called North Korea. Pyongyang is its capital and largest city. North Korea has a Communist government. South Korea has a government that is strongly anti-Communist.

A Short Background

After World War II, a republic was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a communist-style government was installed in the north. The Korean War (1950-53) had US and other UN forces intervene to defend South Korea from North Korean attacks supported by the Chinese.

An armistice was signed in 1953 splitting the peninsula at the 38th parallel known as the DMZ. Thereafter, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to 13 times the level of North Korea. In 1997, the nation suffered a severe financial crisis from which it continues to make a solid recovery.

South Korea has also maintained its commitment to democratize its political processes. In June 2000, a historic first south-north summit took place between the south's President KIM Dae-jung and the north's leader KIM Chong-il.

In December 2000, President KIM Dae-jung won the Noble Peace Prize for his lifeling committment to democracy and human rights in Asia. He is the first Korean to win a Nobel Prize.

1UpTravel's Guide to South Korea

Topography of South Korea - Read more about the geography and topography of South Korea

History of South Korea - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of South Korea

Life & People of South Korea - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of South Korea

Local Cuisine of South Korea - Find out delicious local cuisines of South Korea

Holidays in South Korea - Check out a list of the local holidays in South Korea

Festivals in South Korea - Learn about the festivals in South Korea

Embassies of South Korea - Provides an Embassy database for South Korea

Administration facts of South Korea - Learn about the governmental administration facts of South Korea

Newstands in South Korea - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of South Korea

Attractions in South Korea - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in South Korea

Maps of South Korea - Discover a detailed map of South Korea

Map Database of South Korea - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of South Korea

Flags of South Korea - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of South Korea. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of South Korea - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of South Korea

Shopping in South Korea - Find out the best places for shopping in South Korea

Restaurants in South Korea - Browse a list of eat-outs in South Korea

Geography of South Korea - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of South Korea

People of South Korea - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in South Korea

Government and Politics in South Korea - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of South Korea.

Economy of South Korea - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of South Korea

Communications in South Korea - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in South Korea

Transportation in South Korea - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in South Korea

Military of South Korea - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in South Korea

Transnational Issues of South Korea - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of South Korea




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