|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:
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.
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.|
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:|
|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)|
of steak with onions and mushrooms)
charcoal-broiled beef barbecue)
(Broiled Beef Tripe and Chitterlings)
(Grilled Toduk Root)
|(Broiled Short Ribs)|
Magnificent sights of Korea:
|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|
|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)|
|Haeundae and Songjong|
|Kumgang Park which boasts some unusual rock formations and historic relics, including a pagoda and several temples.|
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