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korea at a glance

The Korean peninsula is situated northeast of China, southeast of Russia, west of Japan, and north of Taiwan. Surrounded by the East Sea on its east, the Yellow Sea on its west, and the East China Sea on its south, the Korean peninsula stretches approximately 1,000 kilometers from north to south, and 216 kilometers from west to east, covering an area of 221,000 square kilometers. Beautiful mountain ranges and fine landscapes characterize the eastern side of the peninsula, while main rivers and fertile plains dominate the west. Seventy percent of the land in Korea is mountainous, providing a breathtaking view with countless different colors of foliage that grace the land. The shores in the southwestern region of Korea are dotted with over 3,400 lovely islets. The main island off its southern coast is Jeju-do, a picturesque island that has become a popular vacation site.

the four seasons

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Spring is mostly clear and sunny but remains quite cold and windy even past March. For the most part, spring is very beautiful with cherry blossoms, azalea, and magnolia trees blooming everywhere. Temperature in the spring ranges from 6℃ (43˚F) ~ 16℃ (61˚F). Summer is hot and humid with a monsoon season that lasts several weeks from the end of June until late July. Temperature in the summer ranges from 19℃ (66˚F) ~ 37℃ (99˚F). Fall brings cool breezes and clear, dry water. Fall temperatures from 0℃ (32˚F) ~ 25℃ (77˚F). Winter is cold and very dry with temperatures ranging from -8℃ (17˚F) ~ 7℃(43˚F). The weather feels cold and drier on campus since it is surrounded by the Gwanak Mountain.

the korean language

The Koreans are descendents of several Mongol tribes who came down to the Korean peninsula via Central Asia, Manchuria, and Siberia. They have preserved a unique language and traditional culture throughout their five-thousand-year history. At present, the population of South Korea is estimated at 48.2 million, with North Korea's population estimated to be 24.2 million.

the korean language

All Koreans speak the same language, which has been a decisive factor in forging their strong national identity. The Koreans have developed several different dialects in addition to the standard spoken in Seoul. However, the dialects, except for that of Jeju-do province, are similar enough for all native speakers to make themselves understood without difficulties. Linguistic and etymological studies have classified the Korean language into the Ural-Altaic language group, along with Finnish, Mongolian, Turkish, and Japanese.
Hangul, the Korean alphabet, was invented by a group of scholars under "King Sejong the Great" who ruled during the 15th century. The Korean language is simple, yet systematic and comprehensive. Hangul, which consists of 10 vowels and 14 consonants, can be combined to form numerous syllabic groupings. It is considered to be one of the most scientific writing systems ever created. Korea owes its high literary rate and advanced publication to the creation of Hangul.

Find more information of Korean Culture and people on the following websites.