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South Korea

South Korea officially the Republic of Korea (Korean: 대한민국; Hanja: 大韓民國; Daehan Minguk ; lit. "The Great Republic of Han"), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the Middle Ages. It shares land borders with North Korea to the north, and oversea borders with China to the west and Japan to the east. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. It comprises an estimated 50 million residents distributed over 99392 km2. The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 10 million.

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In South Korea the taxis are color coded. Every color besides black is a standard taxi, but every black taxi will be of higher luxury and have a more experienced driver.

Contributed by Douglas Westphal

Blood types in South Korea don't only effect what kind of blood a person may receive, it is also believed they factor into a persons personality. There are positive and negative characteristics of each blood type and it can easily effect who a person chooses to marry. Type A personalities are thought of as being very competitive and conventional, while being obsessive and introverted. Type B personalities are thought of as creative and laid back, but also impulsive and procrastinators. This idea may have originated in Japan, but it is quite common in Korea as well to this day.

Contributed by Douglas Westphal

In Korea there are two valentines days. The first one is still called valentines day and is on February the fourteenth, but only the women are allowed to give presents to the men. On white day, March fourteenth, men are supposed to give the presents to the women.

Contributed by Douglas Westphal

The number four is bad luck in Korea like how 13 is unlucky in the USA.

Contributed by Jessica Mallard

On Chuseok, a holiday similar to America's Thanksgiving, Koreans make a sweet food called songpyeon from a doughy rice cake known as tteok. They say that if you make an ugly songpyeon, you will have ugly children.

Contributed by Jessica Mallard

Gyeongbokgung Palace

In the middle of Seoul is one of Korea's ancient palaces. This one is close to the statue of King Sejong and the American embassy.

Contributed by Jessica Mallard

In Korea the idea of age is different than most other cultures. it is typically thought that when a baby is born he or she is automatically one years old. People even age differently, a persons ages one year every new years, no matter the birthday, so everyone kind of has the same birthday.

Contributed by Douglas Westphal

On day I want to visit Seoul, South Korea. Iv always dreamed of going there

Contributed by Jessica Kieft

I thought we needed a picture for an awesome country!

Contributed by Amanda Fink

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