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Korea, often referred to as the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’, is today a modern, bustling hub of East Asia. It is a peninsula jutting off of China, and Japan is only two hours away. Despite this close physical proximity to the neighboring countries, Korea has a distinctive culture of its own, which has developed during its 5,000 years of history. Visitors can expect to meet a lively population with its own language, writing system, architecture, cuisine, and many other manifestations of a unique cultural heritage.

Korea has a population of 51.03 million (2013) and a total land of 100,188 (2012). Years of rapid economic development propelled the country into becoming the world‘s 8th largest trading partner (2012). Korea‘s industrial base shifted from agriculture to manufacturing and is now shifting to services. Through the global force in a number of significant industries including automobiles, petrochemicals, electronics, shipbuilding, textiles, and steel, Korea‘s GDP expanded by 3.0 % in 2012. GDP in 2012 totaled US$11,292 billion, making the country ranked as the 14th largest economy

  Capital City-Seoul

Seoul is the capital city of Korea with over 600 years of history. It is the heart of Korea‘s culture and education as well as politics and economics. Seoul is home to many old historic sites like Gyeongbok and Changdeok Palaces, and places of traditional culture like Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, and Namdaemun Market. The shopping and entertainment districts of Myeongdong and Apgujeong, and Asia‘s largest underground shopping center COEX Mall also draw a large number of tourists every year. The Han River, which runs through the center of the city, is also a distinctive landscape of Seoul that offers a myriad of resting areas for citizens.


Korea‘s climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short, summer is hot and humid, and winter is cold and dry with abundant snowfall. Temperatures differ widely from region to region within Korea, with the average being between 6 (43 ) and 16 (61 ). The average temperature in August, the hottest period of the year, ranges from 19 (66 ) to 27 (81 ).

Monthly Temperature
  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
High 4 7 12.6 19.2 24.1 27.5 29 29.8 26.4 20.9 13.3 6.4
Low -5.4 -3.5 1 7 12.6 17.9 21.8 22.2 17.1 9.4 2.5 -3.4