Region: North & Central Asia
Religion: Confucian tradition has dominated Korean thought, along with contributions by Buddhism, Taoism, and Korean Shamanism. Since the middle of the 20th century, however, Christianity has competed with Buddhism in South Korea, while religious practice has been suppressed in North Korea. Throughout Korean history and culture, regardless of separation; the influence of traditional beliefs of Korean Shamanism, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism have remained an underlying religion of the Korean people as well as a vital aspect of their culture; all these traditions have coexisted peacefully for hundreds of years up to today despite strong Westernisation from Christian missionary conversions in the South or the pressure from Communism's Juche government in the North.] According to 2005 statistics compiled by the South Korean government, about 46% of citizens profess to follow no particular religion. Christians account for 29.2% of the population (of which are Protestants 18.3% and Catholics 10.9%) and Buddhists 22.8%.
Language: Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea, and (along with Mandarin) of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Manchuria area of China. Worldwide, there are up to 80 million speakers of the Korean language. South Korea has around 50 million speakers while North Korea around 23 million. Other large groups of Korean speakers are found in China (around 1.8 million speakers), the United States (around 900,000 speakers), the former Soviet Union (around 350,000), Japan (around 700,000), Canada (100,000), Malaysia (70,000) and Australia (150,000).
Area (sq. km):
98,480 square meters
Cheongju International Airport
Daegu International Airport
Gimpo International Airport
Incheon International Airport
Jeju International Airport
Muan International Airport
Gimhae International Airport
Yangyang International Airport
Electricity: The Type F electrical outlet (two cylinder pins) is most likely to be found in most destinations around South Korea. The voltage is 220v.
Food: Korean cuisine is largely based upon rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi is served often, sometimes at every meal. Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and gochujang (fermented red chili paste).
Transport: We travel by road mostly and the roads are in great condition and very modern.
Shopping: Although Korea is reputed to be an expensive countries there are some good bargains out there. As well as all the electronic gadgetry available in Korea, there is a wide range of arts and crafts to choose from. If you want quality you will have to spend. The big department stores vary heavily in price as you are sometime subject to paying extras such as high level service, location and interior décor.
Visa: Several countries do not require Visas to visit South Korea. We kindly ask that you consult with the website of the closest South Korean Embassy to you