a country visited by approximately ten million international travelers every year. With its long history in culture and tradition, the country has a lot to offer to travelers. Continue reading to learn general information about Korea before visiting.
The Korean peninsula, roughly 1,030 km long and 175 km wide at its narrowest point, is located in Northeast Asia. With Seoul as its capital city, Korea's total land area is 100,033㎢. Korea's neighbors include Japan to the east, China to the west, and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) across the northern border.
The total population of Korea is approximately 51,635,256 (as of September 2018), with most of the population residing in the Seoul metropolitan area. Outside of Seoul, other large and economically advanced cities such as Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju and Ulsan also have higher population densities than other cities in Korea.
Korea's climate is typically temperate with four distinct seasons. August is one of the hottes months in Seoul, along with July. The average temperatures are in the hot 22.2°C (72°F) to 29.4°C (84.9°F) range. Korea has many summer festivals and events held in summer, especially in August.
The won (symbol: ￦ or code: KRW) is the currency of Korea. 50,000/10,000/5,000/1,000 won notes are most frequently used in everyday life.
Best Attractions of Korea
|The Gyeongbokgung PalaceThe Gyeongbokgung Palace was constructed as the Joseon Dynasty's main royal palace by King Taejo (Yi Seong-gye) in 1395.|
|The Changdokgung Palace (UNESCO World Heritage)The Changdokgung Palace was constructed as a secondary palace in 1405 after the Gyeongbokgung Palace and is also called as 'Donggwal.|
|Bukchon Hanok Village Bukchon Hanok Village is our traditional residential area which has shared the 600 years of Seoul's history.|
|Dongdaemun Design Plaza Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) has a meaning of Dream, Design, and Play. It holds various exhibitions, fashion shows, forums, conferences, and other domestic and international events.|
|Myeongdong Shopping Street It is a place where lots of big and small stores are packed into one place. Shoes, clothes, and accessories are sold at reasonable prices.|
|Lotte World Tower Lotte World Tower was designed with a conceptual design drawing inspiration from Korean ceramics and Korean writing brushes. With 123 floors total, the tower is the fifth tallest building in the world, standing at 555m (1,824ft). It is one of the best spots to appreciate the breathtaking view of Seoul's vibrant city lights.|
|Insa-dong Insa-dong is a precious space at the heart of the city where you can find old and valuable traditional articles.|
|Hongdae The streets around Hongik University has its unique personality where youth, romance, arts, and underground enjoys can be seen.|
|Cheonggyecheon Located at the heart of the city, Cheonggyecheon is now the world famous location which is used as a place of relaxation and cultural space.|
|DMZ The DMZ(Demilitarized Zone), one of the last evidences of the Cold War, became the symbol of peace and culture of Korea. Foreign tourists can visit Panmunjeom, which is known for April 2018 inter-Korean summit.|
* The information above sourced by Korea Tourism Organization