South Korea

This category covers questions about South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea. South Korea is located in Eastern Asia and is near the People's Republic of China and below the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

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South Korea

Where do most south Koreans live?

In Western South Korea

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What is South Korea's literacy rate?

97.9%
This figure does not include Hanja.
South Korea has a literacy rate of 97.9%, which contrasts with North Korea's 100%. In the country of South Korea, people are able to read and write at the age of 15.

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History of Korea

What types of government do North and South Korea have?

Currently, Korea is split into two countries: North Korea and South Korea.

North Korea
North Korea is a unique type of state, properly classified as a DYNASTIC COMMUNIST STATE. This means that the country is a Communist State, but has succession in leadership passing along a dynastic line like a monarchy. Some consider Dynastic Communism to be part of the Absolute Monarchy category, because of the similarities, while others argue that since the leader of a Dynastic Communist State does not use royal titles that the state is not a proper monarchy.

It is important also to notice the vast differences between North Korea and other Communist regimes. It has a dynastic rulership as opposed to a Politburo like the USSR or PR China. It has a strong statist religion (Juche) in place of a pure absence of religion, making it resemble a theocracy more than an atheist secularist regime. The military in North Korea also has a more direct role in governance than even the People's Liberation Army in PR China and this is more representative of Caudillo-states like Ghadhafi's Libya or Franco's Spain.

South Korea
South Korea is a PRESIDENTIAL REPUBLIC, which is a form of indirect democracy. This means that there is an elected President who serves as the head of state and the head of the government. The President has a large number of powers, but those powers are checked by the Constitutional Court and the National Assembly. The National Assembly, the unicameral legislature, is responsible for passing bills to be reviewed by the President. (The United States is also a Presidential Republic, which is why the system might look familiar to Americans.)

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Currency Trading
Currency Conversions

How much is 1000 South Korean Won worth in US Dollars?

KRW1,000 is worth a little under 1 US Dollar

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Movies
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South Korea

Who are the top ten richest men in South Korea?

1. LEE KUN-HEE

NET WORTH :$3.9 billion, AGE :67

Resigned as Samsung Group chairman last year after being charged with tax evasion and breach of trust; latter charges dismissed. Paid $140 million in overdue taxes in May 2008; sentenced to 3-year suspended jail term, fined $80 million. Ruling is being appealed. Stakes in Samsung Life, Samsung Electronics revealed to be greater than previously disclosed, bumping up fortune by $1.2 billion.

2. CHUNG MONG-KOO

NET WORTH : $1.85 billion, AGE : 71

Good year for Hyundai Motor chairman and his company. Presidential pardon in August 2008 put fraud conviction behind him. World's fifth-largest automaker faring well in U.S.; Genesis model won North American Car of the Year award. U.S. sales up 0.5% in first-quarter 2009, thanks in part to program that lets people who lose jobs return newly purchased cars. Building steelmaking plant to be completed by 2011. 3. CHUNG MONG-JOON NET WORTH: $1.3 billion, AGE: 57 Still Korea's richest politician despite fortune falling by $1.7 billion. Assemblyman is biggest individual shareholder in Hyundai Heavy Industries, which he ran until 1988 when he entered politics; stock slipped 42% in past year. Brother of Chung Mong-Koo is said to have close ties to nation's president, a former Hyundai executive. Vice president of FIFA, world governing body for soccer. 4. LEE MYUNG-HEENET WORTH : $1.2 billion , AGE : 65 Sister of Lee Kun-Hee (No. 1) heads retailer Shinsegae, once part of Samsung Group. Expanding in China; says it hopes to become one of world's top 10 retailers within 4 years. Upped her stake in Shinsegae last fall; holds 17% stake.

5. SHIN DONG-BIN NET WORTH: $1 billion,AGE : 54

Vice chairman of Lotte Group in Korea, with interests in retail, food, petrochemicals, construction, theme parks. Chairman is father, Shin Kyuk-Ho (No. 38). Opened its first Lotte Department Store in Beijing in August 2008. Lotte Confectionery snagged Belgian chocolate maker Guylian for $160 million last year. Once worked at Nomura Securities. 6. SHIN DONG-JOO NET WORTH: $940 million, AGE: 55

Eldest son of Shin Kyuk-Ho is vice president of Lotte in Japan and lives in Tokyo. Sits on boards of Lotte Chilsung Beverage, Lotte Hotel, Lotte Aluminum.

7. JAY Y-LEE

NET WORTH :$880 million, AGE: 40

Stepped down as Samsung Electronics' chief customer officer in April 2008, same month his father (No. 1) resigned. Now a senior vice president developing Samsung's global business, particularly in key emerging markets like China. Court ruled last year that he had not acquired shares in Samsung Everland at below-market rates; prosecutors appealed and await Supreme Court verdict. Got divorced in February.

8. CHANG PYUNG-SOON

NET WORTH: $860 million, AGE :58

Climbs from No. 22 thanks to boost in sales and net assets of his Kyowon Group, one of nation's biggest educational companies. It also has interests in water purifiers, bidets, cosmetics, underwear; plans to expand into hotels. Spent $100 million on new headquarters in Seoul last year. Changed its logo for first time in its 23-year history. He got start as insurance salesman, sold books door-to-door.

9. KON BON-MOO

NET WORTH :$770 million, AGE: 64

Chairman of LG Group, with 51 affiliates in electronics, home appliances, chemicals, telecom. In New Year's Day speech, announced plans to become more aggressive in hiring, fostering talent in tough times. Owns small cave at an LG resort in which he can store 50,000 bottles of wine. Son died in an accident in 1990s. Adopted brother's son in 2004.

10. SHIN CHANG-JAE

NET WORTH :$680 million, AGE: 55

Chairman of Kyobo Life Insurance, which his father founded. Took over daily operations of its asset-management group last year after unit reportedly lost money because of Lehman Brothers collapse. Company still profitable in 2008. Educated as a medical doctor; also a former professor.

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North Korea
South Korea
Demographics

What is the population of North Korea and of South Korea?

There are 25 million people in North Korea.

And there are 50 million people in South Korea.

In total there are 75 million people.

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Music
Online Music
North Korea
South Korea

Where can you download free Korean music?

www.yesasia.com

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South Korea

What is Korea's most valuable resource?

coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead

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Mobile Phones
Korean War
South Korea

Are LG appliances manufactured in North Korea?

Well, from what I know (or seen for that matter), the internal components are built there, but the overall outer structure are built in S. Korea and Mexico. It is done in order to cut down on production costs (electronic components are the most expensive to manufacture in an electronic device), increase trade between the countries, and cut down tensions between the countries (which isn't going as according to plan).

So, Yes and No, but LG probably tries to be very discrete in where its electronic components are made due to political pressures so probably little or no markings on their internal components regarding their origins. If you don't believe so, you can also tell by the price at which they sell at, which is lower than even that of GE'S appliances (which are built in china and designed in USA).

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South Korea

What country name means capital in its native tongue?

South Korea

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South Korea
Seoul

What is the country abbreviation for Seoul Korea?

It depends :

ROK (Republic of Korea)

KOR (Korea, used in the Olypmics and such)

KR (Korea, is the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 2-letter code for Korea)

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Korean War
War and Military History
Cold War
South Korea

Is north Korea going to bomb south Korea?

I don't think so, not when the US is on South Korea's side with the largest amount of nukes in the world.

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Providence
Seoul

Does South Korea have states or providence's?

Yes.

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Countries, States, and Cities
North Korea
South Korea

Is Korea the only divided country in the world?

Korea is the not only country in the world that is divided. The Korean peninsula consists of North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea). Vietnam was divided til 1975. The Island of Cyprus is also divided due to the "Cyprus Dispute" between the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot-controlled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Only Turkey recognizes/acknowledges the Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Furthermore, the nation of India was partitioned along religion into two states, India and Pakistan.

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North Korea
South Korea

Do North Korea and South Korea speak the same language?

Yes, however with isolation, the Korean language has developed two distinct dialects, and they are drifting further and further apart with each passing year.

North Korean refugees who escape to South Korea find that they cannot understand everything.

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South Korea

How do South Korean dress for special occasions?

The Hanbok has been acceptable dress for special occasions since the Three Kingdoms period in Korean history. It is still worn today, but mostly for traditional holidays. The majority of Koreans who wear it are older, because of the younger generations reluctance to wear this outfit.

For woman, a one piece wrap-around dress, or skirt, is worn. Over it is a half jacket. Men wear loose pants and a full jacket.

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South Korea

Why cant people in North Korea leave North Korea?

North Korea has a Juche government. And this type of government tends to have absolute control over it's citizens. Though the fact that they are not allowed to leave the country does not mean it has not seen it's share of attempts to cross south of the border.

Being a Juche government, They are told what they can and can not do, say or even wear! So it's a given that they are told they can not leave their country. After Kim Jong-il took over North Korea, he stated that he was never listened to or treated right in that country, so he said that he would treat the People of North Korea the way they treated him. And telling the country that they are unable to leave,gives him somewhat justice I suppose.

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What was life like for the South Koreans when North Korea invaded South Korea?

South Koreans had little weapons and military because the Korean war took place soon after WWII. WWII ended in 1945 and the Korean war started in 1950. So South Korea was still "recovering" from the second world war. Many South Korean cities were bombed or heavily damaged as the North Koreans invaded. It was also hard because the homes were distroyed and children were separated from there parents and wound up left in the street. It was a very hard time for South Korea. The North Koreans were at first unchecked in their invasion of the South, however, once the United Nations cited North Korea as the aggressors and authorized UN members to stop the invasion the situation changed. UN forces, led by the US military pushed the invaders back into the North. It was then that North Korean civilians were victims of collateral damages. When Communist China aided the North Korean communists, the situation for the latter two nations improved.

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Who is yu-na kim's boyfriend?

she doesn't have one for the moment.

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How many soldiers does North Korea have?

Around 1.5 million...a shat ton. However morale is low, and they're using old weapons.

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Languages and Cultures
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South Korea

What languages are spoken in Korea?

It's Korean. The spoken language is unique to Korea. It is NOT similar to Japanese (the language spoken in Japan.) Unlike Western European languages with a Latin base, the written Chinese shared by many countries in Asia, has the same meaning, but not the same pronunciation! The Korea peninsula is unique in having almost no ethnic minorities, 99.98% ethnic Korean. Hello in Korean is "Annyonhaseyo."

Total Korean language speakers 87 million. L1 is Korean. 87-89 million Koreans speak. L2 is English, Japanese, Chinese. Korean alphabet is used 80 percent. Chinese characters is used 20 percent.

Korean.

Some do some don't, but I believe the percentage is quite low. Maybe below 10%.
Koreans speak the Korean language, a language isolate (so it isn't directly descended from another language as far as people have been able to tell) that has some relation to Japanese thanks to a very long and conflicted association with Japan.
"Koreans" speak Korean.
Korean.

(Hangul)

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Seoul

I was stationed in South Korea and had a alcoholic drink called Oscar It came in fruit flavors strawberry peach and grape It seemed like it was not a mix but out of the bottle Anyone know of it?

Drank it many years ago. Haven't seen it lately

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Cold War
China in WW2
South Korea

Who won the Korean War and did South Korea become communist?

The US won the Korean War and South Korea is a republic similar to ours. The US did not win the Korean war. See "Who actually won the Korean War?" Better answer. South Korea won the Korean War With the Help of Britain, Autralia and USA Neither side won the Korean War, although at first it seems like North Korea was winning and then the South was. It was a tie because there was a stalemate for two years between the two sides.

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Translations
South Korea
English to Korean

What is I'm in love with you in Korean?

Sarang heyo

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Malaysia
South Korea

Cantik dalam bahasa Korea apa?

cantik bahasa Korea nya apa?

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