South Korea By: Clinton Loll
Attractions • Demilitarized Zone (DZ) • Namsan Park • Changdeokgung Palace • Everland • Korean Folk Village • Lotte World • National Museum of Korea
Culture • Music-Jeongak and Minsogak • Religion-Buddhism and Confucianism • Alcohol-Jiju or Cheongji (most popular) • Government Type-Republic • Capital City-Seoul
Economic Information • Currency-South Korean Won • GDP-17,700 • Industries-electronics, communications, automobile production • Imports-Oil, steel, plastics, machinery • Exports-Motor vehicles, computers, steel, ships
Holidays • Hansik • Sambok • Dongji • Yudu • Dano • Chilseok • Chuseok
Oriental Astrology • Oriental Astrology has twelve animals assigned to each year. (Western Astrology has twelve animals for each month)
Demilitarized Zone • DMZ is a geographical icon of the dispute between North Korea and South Korea.
Taekwondo • South Korea’s martial art is Taekwondo. It not only emphasizes physical attributes but also mind attributes. It is now in the Olympic Games.
Clothing • The ruling class has clothes more ornate and expensive than the lower class. Certain types of clothing and colors are reserved for the royal family.
Village Guardians • In rural areas there are guardians to protect the village people from evil spirits and to pray for a good crop each year.
Korean Independence • Korea gained independence from Japan in 1945 at the end of WWII. Ideally split by the US and Soviet Union they were expected to unite one day.