South Korea Travel Overview

South Korea Travel Overview

Korea, Republic of

At a glance

Capital: Seoul

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…

Location

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.

Important facts

Alternative name: South Korea

Capital: Seoul

Official language: Korean

Currency

Currency (sub-unit)

won

ISO 4217 code

KRW / 410

Geography

Continent: Asia

Region: east

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

Politics

Dependency: Japan until 1945

UN member since: 1991

Form of government: Presidential Republic

Economy

South Korea GDP - gross domestic product

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%

Unemployment: 3.9%

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

Demographic data

Residents: 48,846,900

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%

Population
growth: 0.42%

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

Country codes

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

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Communication

Telephone connections: 23,096,000

Cell Phones: 34,737,000

Radios: 50,200,000

TV: 18,250,000

Computer: 30,090,000

Internet users: 33,140,000

Transportation

Railway lines: 3,621 km

Paved roads: 79,334 km

of which expressways: 1,996 km

Cars: 13,921,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 669

Pipelines: 2,260

Health

Number of doctors: 90.030

Daily food intake: 3,090 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 15,400

Education

Illiteracy: 2%

History

Foundation: 2333 BC Chr.

Last sovereign since: -1948 BC Chr.

Religion

Main religious group: Buddhists

Crime

Prison inmates: 58,500

Military

Armed forces (troop strength): 692,000

Main battle tank: 2,150

Battleships: 16

Submarines: 20th

Warplanes: 480

Helicopter: 55

Defense Spending: $ 22,474,000,000

GETTING THERE

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.

Departure fee

No.

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).