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    KR Travel Co., Ltd.
    Jongno-gu, Dongsoonra-gil 60-7
    Yeji Bldg 402-ho, Seoul city
    SOUTH KOREA

    Tel: +82-(0)2-744-7696
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    SOUTH KOREA FACTSHEET

    Often referred to as the “Land of the Morning Calm”, South Korea has a population of 48 million (2006) and a total land area of 99,678 ㎢ (2006). Located at a major crossroads of Northeast Asia, it has also achieved the “Miracle of the Han River ”. As early as the 1960s, when the country's five-year economic development plan was first implemented, the Korean economy has relentlessly shown signs of exponential growth. Years of rapid economic development propelled the country to becoming the world's 12th largest trading partner. The capital city is Seoul, which is the political, cultural, commercial and financial center of South Korea. Other major cities are Busan, Daegu, Incheong, Gwangju, Daejeon and Ulsan.

    Geographical make-up

    Mountains cover 70% of Korea's land mass, making it one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The lifting and folding of Korea’s granite and limestone base creates breathtaking landscapes of scenic hills and valleys. The mountain range that stretches the length of the east coast falls steeply into the East Sea, while along the southern and western coasts, the mountains descend gradually to the coastal plains that produce the bulk of Korea’s agricultural crops, especially rice.

    ▶ Geographic position - Between 33˚ and 43˚ north latitude, and 124˚ and 131˚ east longitude (including North Korea)

    ▶ Highest mountains in S. Korea - Hallasan on Jeju Island, 1,950 meters (6400 ft); Jirisan, 1,915 meters (6,283 ft); and Seoraksan, 1,708 meters (5,604 ft)

    ▶ Rivers - Nakdonggang, 522 km (324 miles); Hangang, 494 km (307 miles); Geumgang, 396 km (246 miles)

    Climate

    South Korea has four distinct seasons but it is possible to travel through South Korea all year round, depending on the whish of your customers. Most regular tours in South Korea are operated between March and November. During winter months tours are slowing down, but we still find it perfectly possible to travel Korea during winter.  

    Spring (Late March through May)

    Periods of cool weather can be expected in the beginning of the season, but moderate temperatures prevail. The famous cherry blossoms bloom in the first weeks of April, marking this period as a very attractive period to visit the country. In May major festivals are being organized, such as the Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul, the Danojae Festival in Gangneung or the Green Tea Festival in Boseong. 

    Summer (June through early September)

    Hot weather can be expected at the end of June until August, with an increase in rainfall. It’s Korea’s most popular Korean vacation season where Koreans enjoy their precious free days with picnics and outdoor activities with family and friends. Summer is the season when outdoor swimming pools in hotels are open and beach life is at their best. Some local festivals are being organized such as the Celadon Cultural Festival in Gangjin of the Ginseng Festival in Geumsan.

    Autumn (September through November)

    Mild days and clear weather make the fall months very pleasant to travel. The temperatures varies greatly between day and night. Autumn has traditionally been the time of plenty, since the rice is being harvest in this period. It’s the time when major festivals take place, such as the Mask Dance Festival in Andong and the Baekjae Festival in Gongju. Great autumn colors in the mountains can be enjoyed towards the end of October through November.

    Winter (December through March)

    Cold and dry with a typical cycle of three cold days followed by four warmer days. Koreans enjoy the winter months very much, since it’s sunny, dry and stable weather. Snow covered palaces, Buddhist temples and mountains give the winter months spectacular images of Korea. Heavy snow in the north and east makes for great skiing conditions.

    Language

    Korean is a unique language with a unique alphabeth called “Hangeul”. This alphabeth has been invented during the reign of King Sejong during the mid-15th Century. Due to its simple structure and only 24 different characters “Hangeul” is easy to learn. Korea’s Hangeul vocabulary is formed by the selective combination of vowels and consonants to create words.

    Religion

    Korea’s traditional religions – Shamanism, Buddhism and Confucianism – have all plyed an integral role in the country’s socio-cultural development. There are also various minor religions based on various combinations of elements from these traditional religions. Christianity has developed a large following since its introduction in the 18th century.  

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