South Korea is a very exciting country that offers ancient ruins and fantastic nature experiences with beautiful landscapes. This country also has modern cities where those who come to visit can experience different culture and tradition in total comfort. Unlike neighboring North Korea, this is a democratic country with very good economic development. The capital is called Seoul and is the world’s tenth largest city where ancient temples stand side by side with modern skyscrapers. Formally, the country is called the Republic of Korea and it is located in East Asia on the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. In the north you have a border with North Korea and via the water you also border Japan and China.
With 50 million inhabitants, South Korea is a very densely populated country. The vast majority live in cities where there are better opportunities for jobs and education.
South Korea – one of four tigers
When talking about South Korea, it is usually mentioned that this country is one of the four tigers. The other tigers are Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. What makes these countries (Hong Kong is now part of China) called tigers is that they are all behind fast-growing markets. Rapidly growing economy has also got its own tiger expression, namely tiger economy. Tiger economy has begun to be used for other countries that have a rapidly growing economy, such as Ireland in the early 2000s.
Geography and climate
South Korea occupies 45% of the Korean Peninsula and in total the country has an area of 99,313 km². To the south is the Korean Strait, to the west is the Yellow Sea and to the east is the Sea of Japan which is part of the Pacific Ocean. The southwest coast has plenty of islands, bays and headlands, while the east coast has a more straight formation. In South Korea there are plenty of mountains and highlands and the highest mountain peak is a volcano called Halla-san whose peak is at 1950 meters. This mountain is located on the island of Jeju, which is South Korea’s largest island and is located about 100 km from the mainland.
South Korea has many islands, but out of 3,500 islands, only 600 are inhabited. According to BRIDGAT.COM, the country is characterized by an inland climate with long, dry and cold winters and humid and hot summers. It has four different seasons and it is the air masses that come in from Asia that have the greatest impact on the weather. In Seoul, the winter temperatures are a few degrees below zero, while the summer gives warm daytime temperatures of around 25 ° C. The Cheju islands have a milder weather than the rest of the country and here they rarely end up in minus degrees during the winter. In South Korea, typhoons are more sensitive than in Japan and Taiwan, the east coast of China or the Philippines. Typhoons come in over the country in late summer and bring heavy rain. Due to the rains, heavy flooding can sometimes occur.