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Dongdaemun, East Gate, Seoul
Dongdaemun, East Gate, Seoul, © CanStock Photo - anizza

South Korea is often referred to simply as Korea and  has a population of more than 50 million.  It is on the Korea peninsula and is bordered only by North Korea.  This area has a history dating back 4,000 years.  Seoul is the capital and largest city.  North and South Korean became separate countries in 1948, with the Soviets and China backing North Korea while the United States backed South Korea.  The Korean War was fought in the early 1950s and there is a demilitarized zone between the countries that still prevents the flow of people and ideas.  Since the 1960s South Korea has constantly and significantly expanded its economy and its standard of living.


Although surrounded by the Sea of Japan and the South China Sea, Korea experiences a very warm summer.  Expect average highs around 85 F (28 C).  In the winter months from December to February, average highs are a few degrees above freezing and night time lows are below freezing. Korea experiences the East Asia monsoon season in June and July.  The winter months are relatively dry.  Spring or fall are likely the best times to visit Korea if weather is a deciding factor.


Most visitors are exempt from a visa requirement for travel under 90 days.  More information can be found at Imagine Your Korea or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.


The currency of South Korea is the Won (KRW).

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