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South Korea

South Korea is located in Eastern Asia in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.

Climate: Temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter.

Population: 48,636,068 (July 2010 est.)

Currency: South Korean won (KRW)

Exchange Rates: South Korean won (KRW) per US dollar - 1,153.77 (2010), 1,276.93 (2009), 1,101.7 (2008)

Time Zone: Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)

Languages: Korean, English widely taught in junior high and high school.

Visitors Web site: www.english.visitkorea.or.kr

Other Information

  • Long, esteemed history of excellence in science and technology
  • South Korea's science education ranks third best in the world