About South Korea

Destination South Korea, a virtual travel guide to the southern part of Choson, the “land of morning calm”.
Find comprehensive information about South Korea in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from South Korea and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for South Korea.

Background:
The Korean Peninsula extends southward from the northeast part of the Asian continent. The country has a long history and proud tradition. Buddhism and Confucianism have influenced the nation’s society and culture.
Koreans, like many other Asian peoples, are descendants of the Mongolian Tungus stock. They differ from the neighboring Japanese and Chinese, however, in that Koreans are a homogeneous ethnic group with their own language, culture, and customs.
Over the last several decades, Korea has transformed herself from an agrarian society to an industrial leader on the world economic scene. Progress is being made in education, science and technology and social welfare.
In 2002 South Korea has co-hosted, the FIFA World CupTM tournament.

After World War II, a republic was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula (in August 15, 1945) while a communist-style government was installed in the north.
The Korean War (1950-53) had US and other UN forces intervene to defend South Korea from North Korean attacks supported by the Chinese. An armistice was signed in 1953 splitting the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. Thereafter, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to 13 times the level of North Korea.
In 1997, the nation suffered a severe financial crisis from which it continues to make a solid recovery. South Korea has also maintained its commitment to democratize its political processes.

In June 2000, a historic first south-north summit took place between the south’s then President KIM Dae-jung and the north’s leader KIM Chong-il. In December 2000, President KIM Dae-jung won the Noble Peace Prize for his lifelong commitment to democracy and human rights in Asia. He is the first Korean to win a Nobel Prize.

In-depth country profile of South Korea
More information on South Korea’s political system, foreign policy, economy, science and technology, and more.

border countries: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
related countries: China, Japan, United States

Official Sites of South Korea

 

Chong Wa Dae (Blue House)
Official website of the President’s office.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
The site provides a general introduction of the National Assembly and basic materials on Korea’s legislative activities.

Korea.net: Korean Government Homepage
Official English-language web site of the Korean Government operated by the Korean Overseas Information Service (KOIS).

eGovernment
Korean e-Government administrative service for citizens (G4C).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
In charge of diplomacy, external economic policy, overseas Korean nationals, international situation analysis and overseas promotional affairs.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of The Republic of Korea to the UN
South Korea’s representation to the United Nations.
Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Washington, D.C.
Korean Overseas Missions
Directory of Korean Missions Abroad.
Diplomatic Missions in Korea
List of foreign Consulates, Embassies and Organizations in Korea.

Statistics
Korea National Statistical Office – KNSO

Maps
Map of South Korea
Political Map of South Korea.
Administrative Map of South Korea
Map showing South Korea and the surrounding countries with international borders, provincial boundaries,
provincial capitals, major cities, main roads, railroads and major airports.
Map of the Korean Peninsula
Government of The Republic of Korea. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2001.

Arts & Culture

 

Click Korea

Access to Korean Arts & Culture; comprehensive portal site dedicated to Korean culture.

Korean Culture and Arts Foundation
Korean culture and arts (in Korean)

Museums
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Established to show the public the desirable direction into which Korean art and its culture should go forward.
National Museum of Korea 
A sanctuary of 5 000 years of Korean art.
Nanta (Cookin)
A must-see comical performance integrating uniquely Korean traditional drumbeats made with kitchen equipments.