40 Interesting South Korea Facts

With its booming economy, fantastic shopping spots, lush nature, ancient culture, and progressively outstanding existence on the world stage, South Korea rapidly becomes one of the most talked-about countries on the globe. Let’s have a look at some interesting, funny and unusual South Korea Facts.

1. South Korea is located in the easternmost part of Asia.

2. The total land area of South Korea is 100,363 km2.

3. The current population of South Korea is 51,329,760.  

As of 2017, the total population is 51 million people.
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4. The capital of South Korea is Seoul and it is also the country’s biggest city.

5. The official name of South Korea is the Republic of Korea.

6. The National Liberation Day of Korea is a holiday celebrated annually on August 15 in both North and South Korea.

15 August is celebrated as Liberation Day
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7. Traditional South Korean culture uses red to write the names of the dead.

8. Yoido Full Gospel Church of South Korea is known as the largest megachurch in the world.

9. The national flower of South Korea is Hibiscus syriacus.

Hibiscus syriacus.
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10. The national animal of South Korea is the Siberian tiger.

11. Red, white, blue and black is the national color of South Korea.

12. Mount Hallasan on Jeju Island is the tallest mountain in the country, standing at 6,400 feet above sea level in elevation.

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13. Group blind dating in South Korea is called “Meeting” or “So-getting” and is a very popular way for young university students to meet over dinner and drinks.

14. The economy of South Korea is the 4th largest in Asia and the 11th largest in the world.

15. Jeju has a humid subtropical climate, making it warmer than that of the rest of South Korea.

Jeju Island
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16. The main trading partners of South Korea are Japan, China, Germany, and the USA.

17. The Korean alphabet has 24 letters and it does not follow a word order.

18. The tallest building in South Korea is The Lotte World Tower.

The Lotte World Tower
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19. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea.

20. The official currency of South Korea is the Korean Republic won.

21. One of the Largest Man made Lake in South Korea is Chungju Lake.

Chungjuho Lake.
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22. The GDP of South Korea is $1.378 trillion.

23. You must be of 19 years to smoke, drink, or vote in South Korea.

24. The first female president of South Korea is Park Geun-Hye.

Park Geun-Hye.
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25. South Korea is known as the Plastic Surgery Capital of the World.

26. Adultery is legalized in 2015 in South Korea.

27. The average alcohol consumption per capita in South Korea is 12.3 liters per year.

The average alcohol consumption
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28. The number 4 is a symbol of bad luck in South Korea.

29. Noryangjin Fish Market is one of the most popular places in Seoul to try sannakji.

30. South Korea retains 1st place for fastest average internet speed in 2017.

fastest internet speeds across the globe.
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31. Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul.

32. The most popular type of alcohol in South Korea is Soju.

33. Cybersports are a very well-liked sport in South Korea.

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34. Teaching is a high status and well-paid job in South Korea.

35. In South Korea, online banking and shopping must be done through Internet Explorer. This is a law in South Korea.

36. Cheomseongdae Observatory, located in South Korea is known as the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia.

Cheomseongdae Observatory – the first astronomical lab of the world is located in South Korea.
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37. Above 20% of South Koreans have the last name, Kim.

38. In South Korea, Haesindang Park is home to almost 300 erect phallic statues – allegedly built to keep the ghost of a virgin bride.

39. In South Korea, there is no law prohibiting drinking in a public space.

South Korea Facts
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40. The South Korea-based electronic company was a primary producer of iPhone chips until 2013.

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