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South Korea Flag South Korea, formally the Republic of Korea (ROK) is a country in East Asia. It is one of two states located in the Korean Peninsula, the other being North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), which South Korea borders to the North. Both countries claim sovereignty over the entire peninsula, and, although there is a ceasefire, are formally still at war ( tension bubbles up from time to time, and there are occasional military incidents, but open warfare between the two ended in 1953).

South Korea is surrounded by seas on three sides. To the West is the Yellow Sea, across while lies the People's Republic of China. To the East is the Sea of Japan, across which lies Japan. To the South, is the East China Sea. The East China Sea and Sea of Japan are joined by the Korea Strait, which is the narrowest gap between Korea and Japan - just 120 miles (200 kilometers).

As of 2007, South Korea had an estimated population of 49,024,737. Almost half the country's population, perhaps as many as 23 million people, live in the metropolitan area of Seoul, which is the country's capital and largest city.

Map of South Korea

Republic of Korea Country Details


Country Name South Korea

Also Known As

The Republic of Korea
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Northeastern Asia
Flag Republic of Korea Flag
Principal Language Korean
Capital Seoul
Major Towns/Cities
  • Chonju
  • Gwangju
  • Inch'on
  • Kangnung
  • Masan
  • Mokp'o
  • P'ohang
  • Pusan
  • Seoul (Capital)
  • Suwon
  • Taegu
  • Taejon
  • Ulsan
  • Wonju
  • Yosu


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    Books about the Republic of Korea


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    Insight Guides South Korea
    By Insight Guides

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    One of the world's most exciting and cutting-edge countries, South Korea is a fascinating East Asian powerhouse, where ancient temples rub up alongside dazzling technology. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide South Korea, a comprehensive full-colour guide to all that's weird and wonderful about the country.

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    Highlights of the country's top attractions, including captivating former capital Gyeongju, the Unesco World Heritage Site of Haein-sa Temple and the still-relevant DMZ in our Best of South Korea.
    Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country, from pulsating Seoul to the remote islands of the Jeolla Provinces.
    Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip.

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    South Korea (Insight Guides)
    By Ray Bartlett

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    Insight Guide South Korea is an indispensable travel guide to a land of haunting natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, full of stunning travel photography. Be inspired by our Best of South Korea section highlighting unmissable sights and experiences and lavish Photo Features on festivals, street food, hiking and national parks, and mountain temples.
    With a longer and more in-depth history and culture section than its competitors, this travel guide provides an essential introduction to South Korea’s early kingdoms and dynasties, its recovery from the devastation of the Korean War, and contemporary politics and business culture. The informative text, written by regional experts, is a pleasure to read.
    A detailed Places section, with full-color maps, guides you around the regions that make up this beautiful yet off-the-beaten-track country, from the megalopolis of Seoul to the forested mountains of Seoraksan, and the Ten Thousand Islands off the southwest coast.
    A comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the travel advice you need to plan your trip. The selective listings for hotels and restaurants are the personal recommendations of a regional specialist.
    GREATER THAN A TOURIST - SEOUL SOUTH KOREA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
    By Yvonne Sewell

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    GREATER THAN A TOURIST - SEOUL SOUTH KOREA: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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    BOOK DESCRIPTION Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. Greater Than A Tourist – Seoul, South Korea by Yvonne Sewell offers the inside scope on Seoul. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series this book will give you tips and a bunch of ideas from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater than a tourist is a series of travel books written by locals. Travel like a local. Get the inside scope. Slow down, stay in one place, take your time, get to know the people and the culture of a place. Try some things off the beaten path with guidance. Patronize local business and vendors when you travel. Be willing to try something new and have the travel experience of a lifetime. By the time you finish this book, you will be excited to travel to your next destination. So grab YOUR copy today. You'll be glad you did. Ten cents of each book purchased is donated to teaching and learning.
    South Korea: What I want to tell you about my trips to South Korea
    By Garcia V. Ammons

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    South Korea: What I want to tell you about my trips to South Korea
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    Explore the Historic and Fascinating Korean Peninsula!



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