Saturday, 24 January 2015

South Korea: The Kingdom of Goryeo

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea and commonly referred to as Korea, is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from the Kingdom of Goryeo, also spelled as KoryƏ. It shares land borders with North Korea to the north, and oversea borders with Japan to the east and China to the west. Roughly half of the country's 50 million people reside in the metropolitan area surrounding its capital, the Seoul Capital Area, which is the second largest in the world with over 25 million resident. Currency is South Korean Won (KRW).

Some interesting facts are:
1. South Koreans love sweet potato flavoured delicacies to such an extent that there is every possible dish flavoured with sweet potato. To name a few, there are main courses, desserts, chips, latte, bread and salads.

2. When you are born in South Korea, you are considered a year old. This means that you age faster by a year if you are a South Korean compared to a westerner.

3. This country is one that permits drinking in public and the act is considered perfectly legal. People can carry alcoholic containers in public and can take a drink or two.

4. Writing a person’s name in red ink indicates that the person is about to die or is already dead and gone.

5. South Koreans also believe that leaving an electric fan on overnight would kill the person sleeping directly below it. It is called the ‘Fan Death’ concept.

6. The taxis in South Korea are colour coded according to the level of service offered.
(If you hire a grey or white taxi, your tax would be a basic car with a fully qualified but not so experienced driver. Whereas if you hire a black cab, you will get a luxury car with a more experienced driver)

7. All Korean roofs are curved at the ends giving an appearance of a smile.

Some beautiful places are:

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