GENERAL DESCRIPTION

South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It is equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

48,294,000

CAPITAL

Seoul (9,592,000)

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $19,600

LANGUAGE

Korean, English (widely taught)

RELIGION

Christian, Buddhist

LIFE EXPECTANCY

76

AREA

99,250 square kilometers (38,321 square miles)

LITERACY PERCENT

98

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CHEONAN

Cheonan is a city located 84 km south of the capital, Seoul.

South Korea -Pan Mun Jom (North Korean border, DMZ Demilitarized Zone)-13096 COVER

PAN MUN JOM

Panmunjom was a village just north of the de facto border between North and South Korea, where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement that paused the Korean War was signed. The building where the armistice was signed still stands.

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SEOUL

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees.

CHEONAN

South Korea -Cheonan-Independence Hall-12855 COVER

Cheonan is a city located 84 km south of the capital, Seoul.

PAN MUN JOM

South Korea -Pan Mun Jom (North Korean border, DMZ Demilitarized Zone)-13096 COVER

Panmunjom was a village just north of the de facto border between North and South Korea, where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement that paused the Korean War was signed. The building where the armistice was signed still stands.

SEOUL

South Korea -Seoul-Lotte World-13063 COVER

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a huge metropolis where modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meet Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Notable attractions include futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a convention hall with curving architecture and a rooftop park; Gyeongbokgung Palace, which once had more than 7,000 rooms; and Jogyesa Temple, site of ancient locust and pine trees.

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