|About South Korea|
South Korea is located in East Asia between China and Japan as shown on the map above.
The Republic of Korea, as it is officially known, is a peninsula like Italy.
Eastern, western, and southern borders of South Korea are all covered with water.
The northern border is shared with North Korea, the only country South Korea is connected to.
(The line that separates North Korea from South Korea, which is clearly visible on the map, is called the 38th parallel.)
But because of high tensions between the two countries since the Korean War, South Korea is more of an island than a peninsula.
It is about the size of the State of Indiana.
50 million people live in South Korea, which is basically the number of people living in New York, Florida, and Ohio, combined.
South Koreans eat kimchi, drink soju, listen to K-pop, and export numerous goods such as smartphones and automobiles.
The most well-known people who were born in South Korea include Kim Yuna, Psy (Park Jae-sang), Ban Ki-moon, Park Ji-sung, and John Cho (Harold in Harold & Kumar).
Margaret Cho and Ken Jeong were born in the United States with parents of Korean immigrants.