10 Things about South Korea

10 Things About

  1. Republic of Korea (also more commonly known as South Korea) is a sovereign state located south of the 38th Parallel in East Asia.
  2. Seoul, official known as Seoul Special City, is also the capital and largest metropolis of  South Korea and has a population of over 10 million.
  3. Hangeul, the native script of Koreans, was invented in the 15th century by King Sejong in an attempt to propagate literacy to the common folk since the existing system then was based on Chinese characters.
  4. South Korea maintains compulsory military conscript for all men. A cease-fire instead of a peace treaty was signed between the two Koreas, so in actuality, the Korean War has not ended.
  5. The 5 most common surnames in South Korea are Kim, Park, Lee, Choi and Jung, with more than one million official registrants per surname.
  6. As of 2016, South Korea is home to 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  7. South Korea is purported to have the fasted internet connection speed in the world.
  8. Yahoo exited South Korea in 2012 because it could not rival the country’s own web portal cum search engine Naver. Google isn’t doing too well, either.
  9. The export of South Korean entertainment including drama, entertainment shows and music collectively known as Hallyu is estimated to have an economic impact of 12.6 trillion Korean Won in 2014.
  10. The top three universities in South Korea, often referred to as ‘SKY’ are Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University.

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