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About Seoul, Korea



Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is the southern part of the Korean Peninsula surrounded by water on three sides. It is located at a geographically important position in Northeast Asia, neighboring Japan to the east and China to the west. Korea’s land space is 100,329km2 with a population of 50 million, a relatively high population density. Mountains cover 70% of Korea's land mass, making it one of the most mountainous regions in the world.


Weather



Korea has four distinct seasons and offers a varied natural beauty. Colorful flowers embroider the country in spring and mountains, and seas are lively during summer. Autumn is decorated with fall foliage, and winter sports are offered on white snow. Any season is the best season for your trip. For more details regarding weather, please visit here.  Quick Linked

Culture

Korea's Traditional Costume, Hanbok
Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. Worn daily up until just 100 years ago, these days it is only worn on festive occasions or special anniversaries. It is a formal dress and most Koreans keep a hanbok for special times in their life. While the traditional hanbok was beautiful in its own right, the design has changed slowly but surely over the generations. The core of hanbok is its graceful shape and vibrant colors, which have had a major impact on the modern fashion industry. It is hard to think of hanbok as everyday wear but it is slowly being revolutionized through the changing of fabrics, colors and features, reflecting the public's desires. Many aspiring hanbok designers have altered hanbok for everyday wear with traditional elements at the basis of the garment but having a distinct modern feel.
Traditional Korean Foods, Hansik
Hansik refers to traditional Korean food, centered around rice, served alongside a bowl of soup and a variety of side dishes. Most foods use meat and vegetables as the main ingredients, and are soaked in a brine or water rather than fried in oil, making hansik wonderful for one’s health. More than anything else, hansik’s most outstanding feature is the amount of fermented foods, which are beneficial in improving digestion, as well as preventing cancer. The most well-known fermented foods are kimchi (fermented cabbage), ganjang (soy sauce), doenjang (soybean paste), and gochujang (Korean chili paste).
Traditional Korean Houses, Hanok
A traditional Korean house is called Hanok. Hanok’s charm is twofold: scientific excellence and environmental friendliness. Its scientific excellence is demonstrated by a heating system called “Ondol”. Ondol helps residents endure the cold of winter by heating the home floors. The natural elements for building Hanok is a great example of environmental friendliness; the earth, stone, wood and paper which make up Hanok are obtained directly from natural sources.

Korean Wave

The Korean Wave, also known as Hallyu, refers to the Korean pop culture phenomenon that is gaining great popularity around the world. It began with Korean dramas and movies garnering popularity in Asia, but in recent years, Korean pop music has become popular around the World. If in Korea, be sure to visit filming locations or fantastic cultural performances and experience diverse aspects of the Korean pop culture.

UNESCO World Heritage



UNESCO World Heritage refers to both cultural and natural heritage sites registered on the World Heritage List. Korea's Cultural Heritage conveys a genuine sentiment of simplicity and peacefulness. The historical background of the heritage is diverse, encompassing the history of Korea from ancient times (Dolmen sites) to the Joseon Dynasty. UNESCO also chooses to-be World Natural Heritage Sites based on an objective evaluation of historic and academic worth, and then assists in ensuring their preservation. As of July 2015, Korea has eleven cultural heritage sites and one natural heritage site.  Quick Linked
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