South Korea Facts for Kids

South Korea is famous for its technological advancement, its companies like LG, Samsung, and BTS (read K-pop). However, it has much more to offer to the world. Read more about this wonderful country in our article on South Korea facts!

South Korea Facts: 1-11

1. South Korea is in Eastern Asia, on the Korean peninsula’s southern half. South Korea’s only land borders are with North Korea, which shares the Korean peninsula with South Korea.

2. The term “Korean” or “South Korean” refers to a native or resident of South Korea.

3. South Korea’s official name is the Republic of Korea.

4. Seoul is South Korea’s capital city.

5. South Korea boasts universal healthcare and is the world’s second-best health system.

6. According to 2019 projections, South Korea’s population was 51,709,098.

7. South Korea has a coastline that stretches for approximately 2413 kilometers/ 1500 miles. 

8. South Korea is around the size of England or Portugal and approximately one-third the size of Germany. South Korea is somewhat larger than the state of Pennsylvania in the United States of America or seven times smaller the size of Texas!

9. South Korea is a hilly country, with hills and mountains covering around 70% of the territory. Nam-san, or Nam Mountain, provides a panoramic view of the capital city of Seoul.

10. With a height of 1950 m/6400 ft, South Korea’s highest peak is Halla-san, also known as Mount Halla. Halla-san is a shield volcano and one of the peninsula’s three volcanic mountains.

11. South Korea is located on the ‘Ring of Fire,’ which is a zone prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Although Halla-san is an active volcano, it has not erupted in several centuries. On the island of Jeju, the mountain is located.

South Korea Facts: 12-23

12. The Nakdong River is South Korea’s longest river. It is 510 kilometers (320 miles) in length. The river flows through the cities of Busan and Daegu in the country’s southern region.

13. Jeju is South Korea’s largest island, located south of the peninsula. It boasts a moderate temperature and is a popular vacation spot. There are over 3000 islands in South Korea, mostly off the southern and western coasts.

14. Chungju Lake is South Korea’s largest lake. This lake in central South Korea is not a natural lake; it was constructed when the valleys were flooded following the construction of the Chungju dam.

15. According to Akamai, the content delivery network (CDN) is responsible for handling between 15% and 30% of all web traffic, the country has the world’s fastest internet connection speed for the 12th consecutive quarter last year.

16. Jejudo is one of 12 Unesco World Heritage Sites in the country. Royal palaces, tombs, temples, and well-preserved hanok villages are among these national treasures.

17. South Korea ranked 14th on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) list of nations with the highest GDP (PPP) in 2019.

18. Seoul, South Korea, is ranked as a global city and ranks fourth on the list of metropolitan regions with the highest GDP.

19. South Korea is the tenth-largest country in terms of land area.

20. Hallasan Mountain, at 6,388 feet, is South Korea’s highest point.

21. South Korea’s government is a constitutional unitary presidential republic.

22. South Korea’s national anthem is named “Aegukga” or “Love Country Song,” and is frequently referred to as “The Patriotic Song.”

23. South Korea’s slogan is “Hongik Ingan,” which translates as “To Benefit Humanity/Dedication to Human Welfare.”

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