About Korea

The duality of Korea makes it unique. There are ample examples of diversity along the length and breadth of Korea, and it is a country that truly has some of everything :

From big city lights and big city nights to secluded waterfalls nestled in sheltered coves on the beaches of the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean. The very old and the ultra-modern co-exist side-by-side. Ancient, awe-inspiring Buddhist temples can be found surrounded by manicured gardens nestled in a forest of shimmering skyscrapers.

The merging of traditional Asian and Western culture, both in the way people do thing and the language. Koreans have their own way of speaking and pronouncing English words, and you will also see examples of this on signs and packaging.

The melding of Tradition and Technology

The balance between being hard-working and enjoying life, playing and indulging in entertainment. As the Koreans say, ¡°A person who knows how to work knows how to have fun.¡±

KEY FACTS

  • Population : 48.46 million (2007)
  • Foreign residents: 1.1 million
  • National flag : Taegeukgi
  • National flower : Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon)
  • Currency : Won
  • Language: Korean (Written form: Hangeul)
  • Capital City: Seoul (population: 10.5 million, 2011)
  • Other major cities: Busan (3.5 million), Incheon (2.6 million), Daegu (2.5 million), Dajeon (1.5million), Gwangju (1.4 million), Ulsan (1.1 million)

For more information, please visit the official website of Seoul Metroplitan City  or Seoul on Wikipedia.