Meet South Korea
South Korea is a country in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital is Seoul. South Korea lies in a temperate climate region with a predominantly mountainous terrain. Its territory covers a total area of 38,375 square miles and has a population of 50 million people. Confucianism, shamanism (traditional spirit worship), Christianity, Buddhism and Chondokyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) are the religions followed in South Korea. Despite the initial plan of a unified Korea in the 1943 Cairo Declaration, escalating Cold War antagonism between the Soviet Union and the United States eventually led to the establishment of separate governments, each with its own ideology, leading to Korea's division into two political entities in 1948: North Korea and South Korea.
Korean barbecue, or gogi gui, refers to the Korean method of grilling beef, pork, chicken, or other types of meat. The most typical form of Korean barbecue is galbi, made from marinated beef short ribs. Such dishes are often prepared at the diner's table on gas or charcoal grills that are built into the center of the table itself.
Korean teenagers in secondary school must devote a lot of time to studying for competitive university entrance exams and therefore don’t have much time for recreation and entertainment activities. However, team sports like basketball and soccer are becoming more and more common amongst teenagers. Watching movies and listening to music are also popular activities. Since the internet is widespread throughout the country, surfing and chatting online are quite commonplace in Korean households.
Meet our current students
- South Korea has the world's highest estimated national average IQ, with leading rankings in mathematics, science, problem solving and reading.
- Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog, was created at Seoul National University in South Korea.
- Taekwondo is South Korea's national sport.
- South Korea is also known as "Hermit Kingdom" and "Land of the Morning Calm."
- In many cases, South Korea's family register can trace a family's history, through male ancestors, for over 500 years.