Namdaemun (“Great South Gate”), Seoul; it was restored after its 2008 destruction and reopened in 2013.
After the Second World War, Japanese who ruled from 1910mto 1945 were ousted from Korea and the north part was occupied by Soviet soldiers and the south by US soldiers.
South Korea became a Republic on 15th August 1948.
Korean culture is based on Confucian culture.
The most common crops grown in the country include millet, corn, sorghum, soybeans, pearls, grapes and apples.
Most agricultural products include pork, beef and milk. The most popular dish is kimchi which is spicy fermented cabbage.
The common wildlife animals include amur viper, ussuri mamushi and the jaguar.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
National Liberation Day is celebrated every year on 15th August as a commemoration for independence.
The Buddha’s birthday is celebrated on 30th April.
The National Foundation Day is celebrated on 3rd October.
Things to see
Gyeongbok Palace built-in 1395 was the principal royal palace during the Joseon Empire which today is used as a tourist attraction as the National Palace Museum of Korea.
The Museum of Art in Seoul displays the cultural heritage and tradition of the country. It showcases things such as textile, jewellery, traditional porcelain and art.
Haesindang Park also called Penis Park has a collection of phallic statues showcased by being hanged on three-meter trunks of wood categorized for joy, spirituality and sexuality.
Samsung and LG Companies are based here.
The national sport is Taekwondo.
It is one of the largest car exporting countries.
The traditional way of greeting is bowing.
There is no formal religion in the country; the major religions are Protestantism, Buddhism and Catholicism.
South Korea is bordered by on the north by North Korea, on the east by the Sea of Japan, on the south by East China and the west by the Yellow Sea. Korea straight separates it on the southeast from the Japanese Island of Tsushima.