General Information

Korea has four distinct seasons, with each offering unique and beautiful landscapes. In the spring, forsythia, cherry blossom, azalea and many other flowers are in full bloom; in the summer, people travel in numbers to the coasts to enjoy their vacation on the beach; in the fall, the mountains put on a fascinating coat of crimson leaves; and in the winter, the land is covered with snow.

The Korean economy is driven by the manufacturing and exports including ships, automobiles, mobile phones, PCs, TVs, and other electronics to countries all around the world. Korea has enjoyed rapid economic growth thanks in large part to its export-focused strategy. In 2016, Korea’s GDP was USD$1.49 trillion based on IMF statistics. Today, the nation boasts the 15th largest economy in the world. Recently, Korean dramas and movies are also widely exported thanks to the popularity of Korean pop culture. K-pop stars are also active on the world stage.

The Korean population reached 51.7 million as of May 2016 (based on the statistics of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety), with a large proportion living in major metropolitan areas. 



Handy Facts

Official Name Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Capital City Seoul
Location 33°~43° N latitude & 124°~131° E longitude (Entire Korean Peninsula)
Territory 100,188 km2 (South Korea)
Population 51.7 million (2016)

Continental and monsoonal climate characterized by four distinct seasons
Spring : March ~ May / Summer : June ~ August / Autumn : September ~ November / Winter : November ~ February



Economic Status GDP Per Capital USD $29,115 (2016)
Time Zone 1 hour faster than Malaysia (GMT+9)
Monetary Unit Korean Won (₩)
Exchange Rate RM1 = ₩263, U$1 = 1.125 (as of Aug 2017)
Units of Measure Metric system
Electricity 220V
Driving On the right
Leading Companies Samsung Electronics, Hyundai-Kia Motors, POSCO, LG Electronics, etc.
Holidays(2016)  - New Year’s Day : 1 Jan
 - Seollal  : 8-10 Feb
 - Samiljeol (Independence Movement Day) : 1 Mar 
 - Children’s Day : 5 May 
 - Buddha’s Birthday (8 April of the lunar calendar) : 14 May 
 - Hyeonchungil (Memorial Day) : 6 Jun
 - Gwangbokjeol (National Liberation Day) : 15 Aug
 - Chuseok, Autumn Harvest Day (15 Aug. of the lunar calendar) : 14-16 Sep 
 - Gaecheonjeol (National Foundation Day) : 3 Oct
 - Hangeullal (Korean Alphabet Day) : 9 Oct
 - Christmas : 25 Dec





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