South Korea is geographically mountainous with a range called T’aebaek-sanmaek that forms a chain due east parallel to the coast. Flat lands are concentrated on the west side of the country but don’t amount to very much area. The coastlines are known to be wild having very high tides. Many long rivers flow throughout. South Korea has dry, very cold winters with temperatures from 19 F to 33 F; the summer season is hot and rainy with temperatures from 71 F to 83 F. Rain falls heavy in the months from June to September characterized by typhoon speed wind velocity. South Korea has been swept into being an industrialized nation at a tremendous rate. Known as one of the poorest countries recovering after the devastation of the Korean War to becoming one of the most productive economically in a span of approximately 40 years. Government has multi-levels with a president and a prime minister in charge of a cabinet. Presidents are elected every five years. Despite some recent struggles within government factions the country has prospered.
Ethnically Koreans are very homogeneous with the largest minority being Chinese. The population is estimated at 48 million people. The currency is the won which is approximately 1300 to 1 US dollar. Korean people are outdoor enthusiasts having the natural inclination toward climbing mountains.
Seoul has a large population of approximately 10 million people and having survived invasions from both Japan and North Korea the architecture is thoroughly modern. There are still some intriguing areas hidden away that have the dynastic old temples and beautiful gardens. It is recommended to join in on the bustling market scene by day. A night out must include dining on an array of dishes washed down by beer and of course going to a noraebang (singing room) to sing like a pop star.Other attractions to investigate are the Seoul Grand Park which is a zoo set amongst hills, trees and has a river running through it, Seoul Museum of Art showcasing the most modern collection of works and the N’ SeoulTower with sweeping views and a revolving restaurant.
The port city of Busan is a good place to explore while in South Korea; it is the site of the largest spa in Asia a good place to contemplate while soaking in a tub or having a massage. If night life is of interest Youth Street is lined with many bars becoming a good place to meet and watch people. Water sports are easy to access and the beaches are good places to relax.
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