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 About Korea
The Republic of Korea is a small country on the far eastern edge of Asia. Although it ranks 109th in the world in terms of land area, the country is a center of economic activity, culture, and arts. Korea was colonized by Japan in the early 20th century and later had to endure the Korean War (1950-53), but it has achieved amazing economic growth in a short period, dubbed "the Miracle on the Han River."

Today, Korea is an industrial nation standing tall on the world stage. Its semiconductor, automobile, shipbuilding, steel making, and IT industries are on the leading edge in global markets. It hosted the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup. More recently, Korean dramas, movies, and music are attracting many audiences in Asian countries and beyond, creating what is being called the "Korean Wave." Korea's new standing in the international community was highlighted in 2010 with the nation becoming the first Asian country to chair the G20 and host the G20 Seoul Summit.
Country Name: Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Capital City: Seoul (10.4 million, 2010)
National Flag: Taegeukgi
National Flower: Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon)
Language: Korean (Writing system: Hangeul)
Taegeukgi Mugunghwa Hangeul
 Korean Wave
The Korean wave refers to the phenomenon of Korean entertainment and popular culture rolling over the world with pop music, TV dramas, and movies. Also known as "Hallyu" in Korean, the term was first coined by the Chinese press in the late 1990s to describe the growing popularity of Korean pop culture in China.
K-pop, television dramas, and movies have gained phenomenal popularity, becoming the newest engine for expanding the country's cultural exports and an integral part of Korea's national image. The enthusiasm has often led to Hallyu fans craving other Korean cultural content and Korean language education. The booming presence and enjoyment of Korean popular culture has also transformed into preference for other Korean products and lifestyles alike, leading to an increase in Korean product sales overseas. The growing interest in Korean culture has further triggered a rise in inbound foreign tourists.  
Korean TV Drama
drama drama drama
(Jewel in the Palace)
Winter Sonata Temptation of Wife
Korean Pop Music, or K-pop as it is commonly known, is currently Asia's hottest music industry. Fans all over the world have been captivated by K-pop stars' good looks, amazing dance moves, and catchy tunes. Current K-pop sensations include, Rain, TVXQ, Big Bang, and the Wonder Girls. VisitKorea has prepared a guide to some of these music superstars. You can read about their road to success, find out.
Population: 48.87 million (South Korea, 2010)
Economically Active Population: 24.5 million, 2010
Population Increase Rate: 0.26%, 2010
Life Expectancy: Male, 77 years; female, 83.8 years, 2009
Religion: Buddhists 42.96%, Protestants 34.51%, Catholics comprise 20.61%, and other various religions
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