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: english.visitkorea.or.kr
- Long, esteemed history of excellence in science and technology
- South Korea's science education ranks third best in the world