50 Fascinating Facts about South Korea

East Asia has the nation of South Korea as one of its constituent countries. The Republic of Korea is the recognized moniker for the nation as it is known internationally. With a total population of about 51 million people, this nation is ranked 27th in terms of population size among all countries around the globe. The landmass of the nation extends over a total of 38,690 sq miles. The government of this nation is a constitutional republic that is both unitary and presidential, and a president and a prime minister lead it. In addition to serving as the nation's administrative center, Seoul is the most populated town in the country.Moreover, one-half of South Koreans don't adhere to any specific religious tradition, while the Christian population makes up more than one-quarter of the population. The South Korean Won is the currency that is used officially. The national flag is comprised of the colors red, white, blue, and black.

South Korea Facts

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The GDP of South Korea is $1.378 trillion.
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The nominal GDP per person is 37,900 dollars per year.
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In South Korea, electronics, telecommunication, and steel are the county's principal industries.
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Rice, wheat, and root crops are among South Korea's most important crops, accounting for around 2% of the country's GDP.
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South Korea is around the size of Indiana in terms of land area.
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South Korea is the world's largest seaweed producer for human consumption (think sushi).
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To vote or consume alcoholic beverages, you must be at least 19 years old in South Korea.
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Park Geun-hye is the first female president of South Korea. In 2013, she was elected to her current position.
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Plastic surgery is a big business in South Korea, and the country is renowned as the world's plastic surgery capital.
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In South Korea, sex is legal. In 2015, it was made legal.
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South Koreans must serve between 21 and 24 months in the military.
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In South Korean culture, blood type is thought to play a significant role in one's personality. Blood type compatibility is a common belief among South Koreans.
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The people of South Korea believe that a person is one year old at the time of birth because they think that a child spends almost one year in their mother's womb. This belief might cause birthdays to be a bit of a mystery to people who are not from South Korea.
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When it comes to celebrating a birthday, nothing beats seaweed soup.
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The average annual alcohol consumption in South Korea is 12.3 liters, making it the 17th most alcohol-consuming country in the world.
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The 14th of March is White Day in South Korea. Unlike Valentine's Day, which is for men, this holiday is for women alone. On Valentine's Day, men get presents and snacks.
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Ban Ki-Moon, the current secretary-general of the United Nations, hails from South Korea. One of the world's most powerful men, according to Forbes, is Warren Buffett.
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In Korea and elsewhere in Asia, the number 4 is seen as unlucky by many people. There is no 4th floor in hotels and other structures, like the number 13 in the United States.
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For a housewarming present, it is customary to purchase toilet paper and laundry detergent.
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Live octopus is a popular delicacy in South Korea, where people eat it often.
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On average, South Korean internet speeds are the fastest in the world.
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If you'd like to eat at home, you can do so. There's nothing I can't handle. McDonald's is only one of several eateries in South Korea that provide delivery. Almost all of the people who deliver meals do it on a motorcycle. As a bonus, many restaurants will pick up the dishes when you're finished.
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In many South Korean homes, there are no heat-exchanger vents. Instead, the floor of the house is heated.
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One of the world's largest IT firms has its global headquarters in Seoul, South Korea's capital.
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Men in South Korea frequently don face paint.
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The sewer system in South Korea isn't the finest, despite the country's cutting-edge technology. When flushing toilet paper, it should be deposited in a container alongside the commode rather than flushed.
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There are around 250 varieties of kimchi in South Korea.
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The dog is not traditional Korean meat, despite common perception. Many South Koreans are opposed to eating dog meat, and only a small fraction of the population has tried it.
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Soju is South Korea's most popular alcoholic beverage. It's a grain or potato-based vodka with a whopping 19% alcohol content.
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"Have you eaten well?" is an acceptable substitute for "How are you?" in South Korea.
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The highest peak in South Korea is on Jeju island, which stands at 6,398 feet.
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South Korea is a country where Korean is the official language.
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In South Korean schools, English is frequently used as a second language.
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Seoul and Busan may be reached quickly by high-speed train. It was built in 2004 to ease traffic jams in the area.
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Multiparty democracy governs South Korea.
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Moreover, half of the population resided in rural regions before the Korean War, which took place in 1950. Today, urban regions are home to 82% of the population.
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The obesity rate in South Korea is the second-lowest in the world.
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Korea has free Wi-Fi nearly everywhere. It's not unusual to see individuals of all ages, including the homeless and tiny children, using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to access the internet.
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In South Korea, cyber sports are extremely popular. Video game tournaments typically take place in arenas equipped with massive flat-screen TVs.
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Teaching is a well-respected and well-paid profession in South Korea. Teachers often make $2,500 a month. University and private school teachers should expect to make significantly more money.
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The sooneung is a university admission test required of all South Korean students. A large contingent of well-wishers and sweets are distributed at the local high schools during the morning before examinations.
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Taegukgi, the national flag of South Korea, features Buddhist and Taoist themes and motifs.
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It is taboo in South Korea to use red ink while writing someone's name. According to traditional folklore, this indicates that a person has died or is nearing death.
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Large stone sculptures may be seen in Jeju, South Korea's biggest island. Dol hareubang, or fertility statues, are believed to provide fertility to those touching them.
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Seoul's residents are among the world's most sleep-deprived, averaging less than 5 hours each night.
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Internet Explorer is the only browser used for online shopping and banking in South Korea. In the United States, this is the law.
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The practice of planned marriages is still prevalent in some South Korean families.
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South Korea is home to the world's first astronomical observatory, the Cheomseongdae Observatory. It was erected in the early to mid-sixth century.
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Taekwondo, South Korea's most popular sport, is thought to date back more than 2,000 years.
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The surname Kim is held by more than a fifth of the country's population. The surnames Park and Lee are also rather popular.

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