Information about Republic of South Korea – A Destination Guide

Republic of South Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, and sometimes referred to simply as Korea, is a state in East Asia, located on the Southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. The Korean peninsula extends southward from the Eastern end of the Asian continent. It is roughly 1,000 kms long and 216 kms wide at its narrowest point. Mountains cover 70{fa8a669d1aa61050722eb7bdbeba031f0b2c918d512bcc867d67641e31f4bfb2} of the land mass, making Korea one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The mountain range stretches along the East coast and falls steeply into the East Sea, while along the South and West coasts, the mountains descend gradually to the coastal plains that produce the bulk of Korea’s agricultural produce. The Republic of Korea consists of 8 provinces, one special self- governing city of Seoul, the capital city, and 6 metropolitan cities. These cities are Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju, Daej eon and Ulsan. The administrative regions of Korea also include the special self-governing province of Jeju, which is a World Natural Heritage.Located at the major crossroads of North East Asia, Korea is often referred to as the ‘Land of the Morning Calm As early as the 1960s, when the country’s 5-year economic development plan was first implemented, the Korean economy has relentlessly shown signs of exponential growth. Years of rapid economic development propelled the country into becoming the world’s 12th largest trading partner. Korea’s industrial base shifted from agriculture to manufacturing and is now shifting to services. A global force in a number of significant industries, including automobiles, petrochemicals, electronics, shipbuilding, textiles, and steel, Korea is a business destination on its own might.south-korea
As a tourist destination, Korea is full of attractions, ranging from natural sites, culture and heritage, palaces and museums, fairs and festivals, etc. Korea is the only destination in South East Asia where one can witness all the seasons – summer, autumn, spring and winter. Korea’s spring from March to May, coinciding with Indian summer, makes it the best place to travel to. Seoul, the capital city, is a bustling metropolis, and is a political, economic, social and cultural hub. The Hangang River, which runs through the centre of the city, divides Seoul into the culture and history-oriented Northern region, and the business-oriented Southern region. Seoul and its outskirts are full of natural and man-made attractions, like palaces, temples, traditional villages, monuments, and amusement parks. Gyeongbokgung Palace of Joseon Dynasty, built in 1395, is the most comprehensive and grandest of the 5 palaces of the period. An imposing main gate – Gwanghwamun Gate – built out of granite is the entry to the Palace.

The Eastern coastal area of Korea is a scenic wonder, which is connected by Yeongdong Expressway. The combination of mountains and beaches makes the Eastern side an ideal vacation spot. Historical sites and vibrant colours of life can be seen in the small coastal towns as well as in the deeply forested mountains. The provincial capital of Gangwon-do, Chuncheon is a famous tourist city. The Central Area of Korea encompasses Daejeon, Chungcheonbuk-do and Chungcheongnam-do provinces. The area is rich in cultural heritage and natural tourist attractions. The South Eastern part of Korea is again rich in natural and heritage attractions. Busan, the 2nd largest city in Korea, plays a major role in international trade and cultural exchanges. international port city, Busan is the gatewat to the Hallyeo Maritime National Park. Temple stay in and around South Eastern area, which is popular for its Buddhist culture, is quite popular as well. South Western provinces are known as the granary of Korea, where a variety of Korean dishes and seafood can be enjoyed. Gwangju, the provincial capital, is famous for its annual Kimchi Festival.

Jejudo island, is a self-governing province of Korea, and is a popular tourist destination. Blessed with spectacles of nature created by volcanic activities, the entire island and its lava tubes were designated as Biosphere Reserve, World Natural Heritage and Global Geoparks by UNESCO. The island has an international airport and can be reached in an hour from Seoul. A tourist paradise, the island is known for its natural beauty, culture, folklore, etc. The island hosts quite a number of popular festivals spread around the year. The island also boasts of an international convention centre, ICC Jeju, which can facilitate large conventions and conferences of up to 4,500 people. ICC Jeju is part of Jungmun Resort Complex.

MICE Focus
Korea, because of its progressive industrial status, has emerged as a hot destination for MICE. Korea, today, as a country ranks 8th and Seoul ranks 5th in the world for hosting international conferences. The country has hosted world-class conferences in the past, including the G-20 Summit in 2010. Korea was the first Asian country to host a G-20 summit. While Seoul is modern and polished, other regions of Korea offer nature and tradition. All the regions have their own convention facilities to hold conventions and exhibitions of any capacity These include COEX (Seoul); Songdo (Incheon); KINTEX (Goyang); EXCO (Daegu); BEXCO (Busan); DCC (Daejeon); Kimdaejung Convention Center (Gwangju); ICC (Jeju), etc.

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