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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. Korea divided into two political entities in 1948: North Korea and South Korea.


Capital

Seoul

Government

Presidential Constitutional Republic

Language

Korean

Currency

Won (KRW)


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"Opening our American life to our Korean daughter brought our whole family closer together. We gained a new family member for life."

— The Baker family, California

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JuYeon from South Korea made this video to help her host family get to know more about her.

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Kimchi
Ingredients
2 large Chinese (Napa) Cabbages
8.5 oz rock salt
Water
Kimchi Sauce:
10 tbsp.fish sauce
10 tbsp. of red pepper powder
1 onion
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 Asian pear
1 tbsp of salt
1/2 tbsp of sugar
Pinch of ginger
4 spring onions
Directions
 

Cut the cabbage into chunks, then soak in plenty of water with about 6.5 oz of salt. Leave this to soak for about 4-5 hours.

To create the sauce put all the ingredients in a blender except the spring onions, blend until quite fine. Slice the spring onions into chunks then add to the mixture.

After the cabbage has soaked, drain the water. Rinse the cabbage in cold water, then drain again. Add the Kimchi sauce and mix by hand.

Add additional salt to taste and store the Kimchi in jars. You can eat it straight away, but kept in the fridge the taste will improve as it ferments. The Kimchi will keep for at least 6 months.

Fun Facts
  • South Korea has around 50.2 million people, about as many as California and Illinois combined
  • South Korea is 38,691 sq. miles, about the same size as Indian
  • Watermelons are a luxury item and cost around $30
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • South Korea is the only nation that is completely broadband connected, at 100Mb.
Hello

Ahn yong ha se yo
How are you?

Dangsin-i eolmana
I AM EXCITED TO MEET MY KOREAN EXCHANGE STUDENT!

Nae hangug-eo gyohwan hagsaeng-eul mannal heungbun!
PLEASE PASS THE KIMCHI!

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