Country of the Week: South Korea

Well known for its influence of K-pop and K-drama, South Korea is one Asian travel destination that has exploded in recent times. With emphasis on the modern age while still retaining its traditional roots and practices, learn more about the charming facts you can discover from this media darling of a country.
Other title(s): Republic of Korea, Taehan Min’guk
Continent: Asia
Capital: Seoul
Most populous city:Seoul
Current political leader: President: Moon Jae-In, assisted by Prime Minister: Lee Nak-Yon
Currency: (South Korean) Won (W)
Language(s): Korean
Major Religion(s): Christianity (Roman Catholic)
National Costume: Hanbok
Famous landmarks: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Myeong-dong, Bukcheon Hanok Village, Gwanghwamun Square, Changdeokgung, N Seoul Tower, Namdaemun Market, Lotte World, Jogyesa Temple
National Symbol: Coat of arms: taeguk symbol on top of a five-petal flower bordered with the name of the country in Hangul alphabet; flower: Hibiscus syriacus
Movies filmed in South Korea: Okja, The Bourne Legacy, Colossal, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Trek: Beyond, The Host, Train to Busan
Famous people: Steven Yeun, Park Chanyeol, Im Yoon-ah, Ken Jeong, Bong joon-ho
Climate: South Korea has four distinct seasons and has temperate climates, similar to many of the countries within its proximity. This means that it is truly important to know about the current season before taking a trip to this popular tourist country so you can pack accordingly. Summers are humid and humid but short. Winters are a lot longer and are very cold and dry. Spring and autumn are short but are very pleasant (perfect times to visit). Although they vary from year to year, precipitation is controlled and never usually stormy.
Popular festivals: Jeju Fire Festival, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, Gwangju World Culture Kimchi Festival, Ulta Korea, Boryeong Mud Festival, Jinji Lantern Festival, Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, Seongsan Sunrise Festival

Spotlight: Grand Palaces of South Korea