Facts About South Korea

South Korea Basic Facts

  • The capital of South Korea is Seoul.
  • The official name is the Republic of Korea in English, 대한민국 (Daehan Minguk) in Korean writing (Hangeul).
  • Moon Jae-in is the current President of South Korea.
  • South Korea is located in East Asia.
  • The country is bordered by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to the north.
  • Korean is the official and national language of South Korea. The Hanguk dialect is spoken in South Korea.
  • The currency in South Korea is the South Korean won = 1200 South Korean won ~ $1 USD
  • Korea has 4 distinct seasons.
  • Some of the common religions are: Protestant Christianity (19.7%), Korean Buddhism (15.5%) Catholic Christianity (7.9%)
  • The main industries include textile, steel, car manufacturing, shipbuilding and electronics. South Korea is the world’s largest producer of semiconductors.

South Korea Fun Facts

  • You are one year old as soon as you are born in Korea.
  • The YouTube video of Gangnam Style was the most-watched YouTube video ever. BTS has had more views in 24-hours than any other video in the history of videos. The all-girl band Blackpink just broke a record for the most simultaneous views of a video, when 1,650,000+ people watched “How You Like That.”
  • Korean culture highly values family, ancestors, and respecting elders.
  • On average, Koreans work a 55-hour week, 15-hours longer than what is standard in the US.
  • People who live in Seoul sleep an average of less than six hours per night.

History & Geography Videos About South Korea

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Map of South Korea

Color in South Korea on this map of Asia!

South Korea Flag Activity

The South Korean flag has three parts: a white background, a red and blue Taegeuk in the middle and four black trigrams facing each corner.

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Flag from HERE

HERE is a fun printable South Korea flag coloring sheet!

Famous South Korean Landmarks

Featured Important South Korean Person: Seo Taji and Boys

K-Pop music is famous for combining different styles of pop music with other musical elements from around the world. This mixing happened at least as early as 1885 when a Pennsylvanian Protestant missionary taught Korean lyrics with English folk songs. More popularly, Seo Taiji & Boys performed some English lyrics and hip hop dance moves to Korean tunes on a Korean talent show in 1992. This moment started Hallyu, or the modern “Korean culture wave,” in which so many other parts of the world have grown to love Korean culture.

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