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Welcome to Korea (English)

Welcome to Korea (English)

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A quick reference guide to Korea


Korean Culture and Information Service(KOIS) - www.korea.net
A quick reference guide to Korea


Korean Culture and Information Service(KOIS) - www.korea.net

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Published by: Republic of Korea (Korea.net) on Oct 14, 2009
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Jan. 1New Years Day
Jan. 1 Seollal: Lunar New Year’s Day 
(Lunar calendar) 
The days immediately before and after Seollal also make up this 3-day holiday 
March 1Independence Movement Day
April 8Buddhas Birthda
(Lunar calendar) 
May 5Childrens DayJune 6Memorial DayAug. 15Liberation DayA
ug. 15Chuseok: Korean Thanksgiving Da
(Lunar calendar) 
TThe days immediately before and after Chuseok also make up this 3-day holiday 
Oct. 3National Foundation DayDec. 25Christmas
Holidays
Korea
Welcome to
Holidays
 
National Flag
The Korean flag is called Taegeukgi. Its designsymbolizes the principles of yin and yang in Asian philosophy. The circle inthe center of the flag is divided into two equal parts. The upper red sectionrepresents the proactive “yang” cosmic forces. Conversely, the lower bluesection represents the responsive “yin” cosmic forces. The two forcesembody the concepts of continual movement, balance, and harmony thatcharacterize the sphere of infinity. The circle is surrounded by fourtrigrams, one in each corner. Each trigram symbolizes one of the fouruniversal elements: heaven, earth, fire and water.
The national flower of Korea isthe Mugunghwa or Rose of Sharon
Official Name
Republic of Korea (commonlyreferred to as South Korea)
Location
The Korean Peninsula(the northeastern region of theAsian continent)
Area
Korean Peninsula: 223,170 km
2
South Korea: 100,032 km
2
Capital City
Seoul
Population (2008)
48.61 million
Political system
Presidential system
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President Lee Myung-bak(since 2008)
Economic status (2008)
GDP: US$928.7 billionPer capita GNI: US$19,231GDP Growth Rate: 2.2%
Monetary Unit
Won (US$1=1,257.5 won)
ƒU
Exchange rate at the end of 2008
Language
Korean (Writing system: Hangeul)
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