Travel Guide: South Korea
South Korea Travel Guide: General Travel Guide Information about South Korea.
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South Korea Country Overview
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South Korea is called the Land of the Morning Calm. Why is this so, you might ask. According to historical records, it was in 1392 when a new dynasty was born and revived the name Joseon that the nickname was given to South Korea. This came about because the Hanja or the Korean name for Chinese characters, were translated into English as sun or morning calm. In today’s modern times, Korea as a whole is called Namhan, while Hanguk refers to South Korea. The official name of South Korea is Dae Han Minguk, which translates to The Republic of South Korea.
South Korea, one of the world’s most developed countries has a democratic form of government, with an export-driven economy. Seoul is the country’s capital and its largest city. It occupies an area that is 100,210 square kilometers or 38,961 square miles in size, which is home to more than 50 million people, according to 2012 estimates. As one of the countries with the largest economies, its GDP/PPP in 2011 was estimated to be $1.556 trillion, with a per capita of $31,753. Its nominal GDP was estimated to have a total of $1.163 trillion, giving a per capita of $23,749 in 2011. While the country is a bustling hub of activity that never seems to sleep, it is also known for its mesmerizing natural beauty with is strikingly expressive mountains, bodies of water and resplendent tranquility especially during the early morning hours, befitting its nickname of Land of the Morning Calm.
The whole country strives to be the one of the best in the world, since the ancient times. The Incheon International Airport, ably handling more than 30 million visitors annually has been consistently voted as the Best Airport Worldwide since 2005 up to the present. Several people past and present make South Korea noticed by the world. King Sejong the Great created the Korean alphabet in 1443, which is still in use today. Professor Hawng Woo-suk, a biochemical scientist who teaches biotechnology and theriogenology at the Seoul National University was the first to successfully clone a dog named Snuppy. Empress Myeongseong or Queen Min, introduced electric lights, telephones, automobiles and trains to South Korea and fully embraced Western ideas and inventions. Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations, succeeding Kofi Annan.
Inventing productivity tools is not new to South Korea. They invented Ondol or the underfloor heating system in 1000 BCE. They transitioned from the ceramic to metal cast type of movable type printing during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1234. They were the ones that invented the multiple rocket launcher, the Hwacha, which was able to fire multiple arrows using gunpowder in 1409 during the Joseon Dynasty. Invention was credited to scientists Choi Hae-san and Yi Do. Joseon Dynasty scientist Jang Yeong-sil created the first standardized rain gauge called the Cheugugi in 1450. It was also during the Joseon Dynasty that Gang Yun and Kim Gi-du invented the soft bulletproof vest called Myeonje Baegab late in the 1860s.
Modern day inventions South Koreans gave to the world include the MP3 portable player in 1988, the mobile phone with MP3 player capability in 1995 and LG Electronics introduced to the world LG KE850, the first fully touchscreen phone.
We should not forget that the martials arts form Taekwondo came from Korea. One of the world’s healthiest food, Kimchi is also from Korea. The thundersticks, those inflated plastic tubes that make loud clapping sounds, usually seen during sporting events are also a Korean invention.
Technology, history, culture, food, music, drama, fashion, shopping – these are just some of the things that lure visitors to the many destinations in South Korea, fitting the varied interests of different travelers. South Korea is a hot spot for developments and products related to IT, with conglomerates like Samsung and LG leading the way. The country’s animation and gaming industries are world-class and its performing arts are gaining grounds further afield, not just around Asia. In fact, some of the country’s exports are its celebrities, with multi-member group bands like Super Junior, Wonder Girls, Girls Generation, FT Island, CN Blue and SHINee; A-list actors like Bae Yong Joon, Ahn Sung Ki and Lee Byung Hun; and pop idols such as BoA, Rain, Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Jang Geun Suk, Gong Yoo, Ha Ji Won and Kim Sun Ah to name a few. The dramas and movies produced in South Korea have gained worldwide acceptance and are subbed in several languages. Dae Jang Geum, Winter Sonata, Coffee Prince, Goong, Boys Over Flowers, Jumong, Queen Seondeok, Secret Garden, My Lovely Sam Soon, Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon, Silmido, Shiri, Pieta, Tidal Wave (Haeundae) and The King and the Clown and the latest crop of sageuks (historical dramas), comedies, romantic and family dramas are some of titles of TVprograms and movies that are enjoying wide popularity out of South Korea.
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Come and explore South Korea, an old country with a very modern outlook; one of the world’s high-technology driven countries with a very high standard of living; that continues to give the world innovations in robotics, electronics, machinery, ships and automobiles, as well as the K-pop culture through their music and their dramas.
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