South Korea

The Republic South Korea
AREA: 99,392 sq km (38,375 sq miles, excluding demilitarised zone).
POPULATION: 45,545,282 (official estimate 1996). POPULATION DENSITY: 458.8 per sq km.
CAPITAL: Seoul. Population: 10,229,262 (1995). LANGUAGE:
Korean.
RELIGION: Mahayana Buddhism with a large Christian minority.
TIME: GMT + 9.
ELECTRICITY: 110/220 volts AC, 60Hz. Policy is to phase out the 110-volt supply.
Korea is one of the so-called ‘Tiger economies’ of the Pacific Rim, which have undergone rapid growth and industrialisation since the 1960s and have forged a major presence in world export markets.

Seoul City Namdaemun (Great South Gate)
Namdaemun is one of the 4 main gates of the old city wall. Completed in 1398, it underwent a major restoration in 1447 and again in 1997.
It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Korea.
Toksu Palace
Located in downtown Seoul across the street from City Hall, Toksu Palace vividly contrasts modern Seoul with traditional Korea. Built during the mid-fifteenth century, it is the smallest of Seoul’s palaces.
Kyongju CityKyongju was the capital of the Shilla Kingdom for over 1,000 years.
Pulguk-sa
Originally built in 528, Pulguk-sa provides an excellent example of architecture from the Shilla Dynasty. Literally meaning “Buddha Land,” it remained intact for more than 1,000 years before the Japanese destroyed it in 1593. Only a few of the buildings were rebuilt until the 1970s when it was completely reconstructed.
Pusan is Korea’s second largest city

The area has two important beach resorts, Haeundae and Songjong. Haeundae is probably the most popular resort in the area and has a long, sandy beach. Nearby is Kumgang Park which boasts some unusual rock formations and historic relics, including a pagoda and several temples.

Korean specialty food:
Baech’u Kimch’i,
Baek Kimch’i,
Chonggak Kimch’i,
Dong Ch’imi,
Kkaktugi,
Nabak Kimch’i,
Possam Kimch’i,
Yolmumul Kimch’i
sinsollo (meat, fish, eggs and vegetables such as chestnuts and pinenuts cooked in a brazier chafing dish at the table).
kalbichim (steamed beef ribs), fresh abalone and shrimps (from Cheju do Island, served with mustard, soy or chilli sauces)
sanjok (strips
of steak with onions and mushrooms)
Pulgogi (marinated,
charcoal-broiled beef barbecue)
Saengson-gui
Deungshim-gui
Ansihm-gui
Tak-gui
Yang Kobchang-gui
Todok-g
(Grilled Fish)
(Grilled Sirloin)
(Grilled Tenderloin)
(Grilled Chicken)
(Broiled Beef Tripe and Chitterlings)
(Grilled Toduk Root)
Kalbi-gui
Changeo-gui
(Broiled Short Ribs)
(Broiled Eel)

Magnificent sights of Korea:

Seoul:
Changdokkung Palace, which has been used for royal functions since the 17th century
Secret Gardens, a picturesque area of lakes and woodland
Kyongbokkung Palace, which dates back to 1394, was burned during the Japanese invasion of 1592
Kyongju :
National Museum
Pulguksa Temple, one of Korea’s most important Buddhist sites.
The Sokkuram Grotto, with its huge granite Buddha
The Pomun Lake Resort
Ganj Nameh (700-330 BC)
Pusan:
Haeundae and Songjong
Tongnae; nearby
Kumgang Park which boasts some unusual rock formations and historic relics, including a pagoda and several temples.

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