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South Korea

Welcome to South Korea, a traditional yet modern country in eastern Asia that is home to forests, mountains, and more. Once mainly a farming society, South Korea has become an industrial giant, famous for manufacturing cars and electronics.

What do you know about the Republic of Korea? Learn all about its land, products and cultures.

 

Official name: Republic of Korea

 

Size: 38,023 square miles (a little bigger than Indiana)

 

Population: 48,598,175 as of 2004

 

Population Under Age 14: 20.4%

 

Capital: Seoul

 

Official Language: Korean

 

Currency: South Korean won

 

Religion: 46% No affiliation, 26% Buddhist, 26% Christian, 2% other

 

Literacy: 98.1%

 

Climate: Usually mild, with a short rainy season called jangma (jong-mah). Winters can be very cold.

 

Food Products: Rice, cattle, fruit, vegetables, fish, eggs

 

Industry: Electronics, cars, shipbuilding, steel, sneakers, chemicals, clothing

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