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South Korea is a vibrant and diverse nation with a rich history and an exciting cultural heritage. It sits on the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula, bordered to the north by North Korea, and to the south by the Sea of Japan. This stunning country is characterized by its vibrant mix of traditional and modern cities, breathtaking mountain scenery, and beautiful coastline, drawing around 15 million foreign tourists every year. Its dynamic economic success, global IT infrastructure, and rich cultural history have made it something of an East Asian powerhouse. In this short text, we'll take a look at a few of the many interesting aspects of South Korea's culture and identity.

Getting to Know South Korea

South Korea is a country located in East Asia with a population of nearly 51.2 million people. The country’s official language is Korean, with English widely spoken as well. South Korea has a single time zone (Korean Standard Time, UTC+09:00), which is nine hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The currency of South Korea is the South Korean won (KRW). One KRW is equal to 0.00081 US dollars, 0.0066 euros, and 0.00769 British pounds. South Korea is a relatively homogeneous nation; about 88.2% of South Koreans identify as Korean, although there are a number of people from other nations living there. The largest cultural minority groups are Chinese (4.2%) and Southeast Asian peoples (3.3%).

Climate and Weather

South Korea’s climate is temperate with four distinct seasons. Winter is from December to February and it is typically cold and dry. There is often snow in the colder parts of the country. Spring is from March to May and it is mild, but with occasional rain showers. Summer is from June to August and it is hot and humid with brief, but intense storms. Lastly, autumn is from September to November and it is crisp and mild with frequent downpours. Temperatures are extremes with lows, reaching below -20°C and highs reaching into the 30°C range. In average, the yearly temperature is around 9 to 13°C.

Touring South Korea: Airport and Transportation

There are 16 airports in South Korea. The official names of the airports are Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport, Daegu International Airport, Gimhae International Airport, Cheongju International Airport, Yangyang International Airport, Ulsan Airport, Jeju International Airport, Muan International Airport, Sacheon Airport, Wonju Airport, Gwangju Airport, Pohang Airport, Yeosu Airport, Yongphu Airfield, and Jeonju Airport. To get from the main airport (Incheon International Airport) to downtown in South Korea, you can take a taxi, bus, or train. Taxi ride usually costs around 40,000 won (US$36) while public transportation is much cheaper. Most airports in South Korea have currency exchange counters, so you can change money at South Korea airport.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of South Korea

  1. South Korea has a long and varied history with influences from its geographic neighbours, including China, Japan and Russia. Traditional Korean culture is built on five key principles: harmony, respect, etiquette, discipline and responsibility
  2. South Korean cuisine is a reflection of the country’s history and culture, and includes the world’s only fermented soybean paste, doenjang, which is used in a variety of dishes. The most popular beverage is tea, and most meals begin with tea ceremony-style pouring of hot water over a cup of dried, whole-leaf tea
  3. South Korea is also home to a vibrant and influential music scene and is popular for K-Pop and its traditional style, called K-Folk. It also has its own distinct performing art genres, such as pungmul (which combines music, dance, and drama) and ganggangsullae (which is a traditional circle dance).

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