South Korea Travel Overview
Korea, Republic of
At a glance
Official language: Korean
Currency: Won 1KRW = 0.00EUR
Continent: East Asia
Land at the 38th parallel – the phoenix from the ashes
After the Korean War in the 1960s, South Korea rose from the ashes like the Phoenix and is now developing at high speed towards…
According to Countryaah, South Korea is a state in Southeast Asia. It is located on the Korean Peninsula and shares the only land border with North Korea. Due to its location between China and Japan, the country has received a lot of influence from the two countries over the centuries.
Information South Korea
The country has one of the most fascinating and varied cuisines in Southeast Asia. However, only a few tourists come there to experience this. What is typical for the country is that everything has to be done quickly. The country is developing at an incredibly rapid pace in a direction that is not visible to outsiders. Most residents of South Korea live in cities, in some 80%.
Destinations South Korea
Seoul, the capital of the country, has a lot to offer right after landing at the international airport. In the 600 year old capital city life pulsates day and night. In addition to the old royal palace, the parks are a welcome balance in the midst of the hectic hustle and bustle.
If you go out into the country, you will soon have difficulty communicating with English. The best thing to do is to go through a few villages until you have found what you are looking for. You can find peace in South Korea’s landscape just as easily as hectic city life in the centers of Seoul, Gyeongju, Busan and Gangneug.
South Korea has countless picturesque valleys, mountains, rivers and beaches. All over the country there are ancient temples and shrines, royal palaces, sculptures, pagodas, sites of archaeological excavations, fortresses, museums and folklore villages.
Alternative name: South Korea
Official language: Korean
ISO 4217 code
KRW / 410
Geo coordinates: N 43 ° 13 ‘9.2 ” E 76 ° 57’ 6.5″
Highest mountain: Halla-san (1,950 m)
Total area: 98,480 km²
Mainland: 98,190 km²
National border: 238 km
Coastline: 2,413 km
Dependency: Japan until 1945
UN member since: 1991
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Export goods: Iron ore, coal
BSP: $ 796,488,000,000
GDP: $ 802,467,300,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 1,032,000,000,000
Economic growth: 4.2%
GDP share of agriculture: 3.1%
GDP share of industry: 41.2%
GDP share of services: 55.7%
Inflation rate: 2.4%
State budget revenue: $ 4294967295
State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295
National debt: 18.6%
Export: $ 318.6 billion
Import: $ 289 billion
Foreign debt: $ 158.7 billion
Gold and currency reserves: $ 223.8 billion
Electricity consumption: 352,000 million KWh
Oil consumption: 2,076,000 million m³
Cultivation area: 18.44%
Bovine: 1,788,000 pieces
Pigs: 9,184,000 pieces
Fishing: 2,460,000 t
Residents in cities: 39,023,000
Average age: 35.2 years
0-14 years: 18.9%
15-64 years: 71.9%
> 65 years: 9.2%
Birth rate: 10 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 5.85 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 1.01
Fertility: 1.27 children / woman
Infant mortality: 6.16 ‰
Life expectancy men: 73.61 years
Life expectancy women: 80.75 years
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: KR
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: COR
ISO 3166 numeric: 410
Top Level Domain: kr
IOC country code: COR
UN / LOCODE: KR
Telephone connections: 23,096,000
Cell Phones: 34,737,000
Internet users: 33,140,000
Railway lines: 3,621 km
Paved roads: 79,334 km
of which expressways: 1,996 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 669
Number of doctors: 90.030
Daily food intake: 3,090 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 15,400
Foundation: 2333 BC Chr.
Last sovereign since: -1948 BC Chr.
Main religious group: Buddhists
Prison inmates: 58,500
Armed forces (troop strength): 692,000
Main battle tank: 2,150
Defense Spending: $ 22,474,000,000
Arriving by plane
The national airlines are Korean Air (KE) (Internet: www.koreanair.com) and Asiana Airlines (OZ) (Internet: http://us.flyasiana.com).
Korean Air (KE) flies direct to Seoul from Frankfurt and Munich, among others.
From Frankfurt Lufthansa (LH) (Internet: www.lufthansa.com) and Korean Air fly direct to Seoul,
from Zurich Korean Air directly,
from Vienna Austrian Airlines (OS) (Internet: www.aua.com ) and Finnair (AY) via Helsinki.
Lufthansaand Air France (AF) (Internet: www.airfrance.com) fly via Frankfurt, Prague or Paris.
Lufthansa (LH) flies from Frankfurt via Seoul to Pusan.
Finnair (AY) flies from Helsinki to Seoul. Connections to Helsinki consist of Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Munich and Berlin.
Arrival by car
Organized bus tours to the Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains through North Korea start at the Reunification Observatory near Goseong in South Korea. Further information is available from the Korean National Tourist Board (see addresses).
Arriving by train
There are currently no regular train connections to the Republic of Korea. However, in May 2007 rail traffic (Internet: www.korail.go.kr) was resumed on a trial basis for the first time in 56 years.
Note on arriving by train
The Korean-Japanese Through ticket allows trains and ferries to be used in the Republic of Korea and Japan.
Arrival by ship
International ports are Busan in the southeast, Mokpo in the southwest, Incheon in the northwest and Donghae in the northeast.
The main passenger lines connecting South Korea with Japan are Buguan / Pukwan Ferry, Korea Ferry, Korea Marine Express.
The following ferries operate between South Korea and China: Weidong Ferry and Jinchon Ferry. Dong Chun Ferry (Internet: www.dongchunferry.co.kr)
ferries connect South Korea with Russia. Princess Cruises (Internet: www.princess.com), and Silversea Cruises (Internet:
www.silversea.com) call at Pusan on cruises.
A special agreement between North and South Korea allows tourists to enter Changjon in North Korea as part of a group tour on the Seolbong cruise ship from Tonghae in South Korea. Further information is available from the Korean National Tourist Board (see addresses).