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30 Amazing And Interesting Facts About South Korea

South Korea is surrounded by North Korea, the East Sea, the East China Sea, and the Yellow Sea, and occupies the southern piece of the Korean peninsula. Take a look below for 30 amazing and interesting facts about South Korea.

1. South Korea is a beautiful and vibrant country in East Asia.

2. It has a single border with North Korea to the north.

3. If you fancy a bowl of Kimchi amongst the many delicacies this wonderful country has to offer, head for the coordinates of 37.5500°N, 126.9667° E.

4. The terrain here is mostly hilly and mountainous in the north and east, whilst the west and south feature wide coastal plains.

5. The total land area of South Korea is 38,321 square miles (99,250 square kilometres).

6. South Korea’s population was 51.64 million in 2018.

7. It’ll come as no surprise that residents here are known as… Koreans!

8. The capital is Seoul; it covers an area of 234 square miles (605 square kilometres) and had a population of 9,774,000 in 2015.

9. Koreans enjoy a temperate climate with cold winters and wet but warm summers.

10. If you’re visiting, be sure to pack your binoculars as South Korea is home to black bears, brown bears, tigers, lynx, goats, deer, voles and many different species of bird.

11. The official language of South Korea is Korean, although English is widely spoken.

12. South Korean Won is the official currency here.

13. The average life span here is 80 years.

14. Fancy a mud massage or a spot of mud wrestling? Conceived in 1998, the Boryeong Mud Festival runs for 10 days each year and offers people the opportunity to take part in all manner of mud related activities!

15. Koreans believe that blood type has a bearing on personality and it is apparently not uncommon for prospective partners to ask each other what blood type they are!

16. In South Korea, babies are considered to be 1 year old at the time of birth, meaning that 1 year after birth they are considered 2 years old (rather than 1!).

17. Taxis in South Korea are colour coded by what level of service they offer! ‘Standard taxis’ are generally orange, white or silver, whilst ‘deluxe taxis’ are black with a yellow sign on top – very swish!

18. Kimchi, a delicious spicy vegetable dish, is eaten with most meals in South Korea.

19. In terms of the education system and knowledge, South Korea is constantly ranked the world-best according to PISA tests and the World Top 20 Poll.

20. South Korea was one of the poorest countries on earth, back in the late 50s.

21. South Korea turned into one of the richest nations and heaven for tech junkies.

22. When children are born in South Korea they are considered “one year old”, and will turn two on the next Lunar New Year.

23. South Korea is the world leader in internet connectivity and they boast of the world’s fastest average connection speed.

24. 100% of South Koreans have broadband access.

25. In terms of the education system and knowledge, South Korea is constantly ranked the world-best according to PISA tests and the World Top 20 Poll.

26. South Korea was one of the poorest countries on earth, back in the late 50s.

27. South Korea turned into one of the richest nations and heaven for tech junkies.

28. When children are born in South Korea they are considered “one year old”, and will turn two on the next Lunar New Year.

29. South Korea is the world leader in internet connectivity and they boast of the world’s fastest average connection speed.

30. 100% of South Koreans have broadband access.

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