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Tiffany Yeh

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Korea is split into both North and South.
Facts about Korea
Today, Korea is an industrial nation standing tall on the world stage. Its semiconductor, automobile, steel making and IT industries are on the leading edge in global markets.

50.95 million in 2012- South Korea
24.76 million in 2012- North Korea

South Korea is a well-developed country, whereas North Korea is a developing country.
National Cuisine
Some of Korea's staple foods include:

-Seasoned Vegetables
Main dishes:

-Stew/ Soups- also known as tang.
Omija Tea: a tea that is made with berries, honey, and bean powder.
-Barley Tea
-Banana Milk- a sugary drink well known in Korea
Snacks or Desserts:
-Nokcha Cake- otherwise known as a Green Tea Cake
-Candied Ginger
-Rice Cakes
Food Customs
In Korea, many of their meals consists of rice, soup, a source of meat and many side dishes such as seasoned vegetables, bean sprouts, a salad, or tofu.
Personal Connections
I chose Korea because I find interest in both the country and its culture. Some Korean dishes I tried include, rice cakes, Korean pancakes and the ever so popular Korean BBQ. You are able to try these dishes at Gang Nam Korean Restaurant or Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine and many other restaurantsin the lower mainland.
North Korea:
North Korea occupies an area slightly smaller than Pennsylvania- it is a 600 mile peninsula jutting out from Manchuria and China.

This part of Korea is mainly composed of a series of north-south mountain ranges separated by narrow valleys.

When drought or heavy rain hits, agricultural land is stressed and leads to regular food shortages.

The general climate is cool and continental. The winter is long and cold ranging between -7 Celsius to -23 Celsius. Summers are warm, it is mainly 20 degrees Celsius in most places.
South Korea
South Korea is located in East Asia, on the Southern half of the Korean Peninsula, jutting out from the far east of the Asian land mass.

It is mostly surrounded by water and has 2,413 km of coastline along 3 seas: The Yellow Sea, East China Sea and in the Sea of Japan
In South Korea, Winters are usually dry, long and cold whereas Summers are short, hot, and humid. Spring and Autumn are pleasant but short in duration.

The temperature in January ranges in between -5 degrees Celsius to -2.5 degrees Celsius and in July, it ranges in between 22.5 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius.
Symbolic Foods:
One of Korea's most celebrated holidays is the Lunar New Year. During this celebration, many families spend time together by making meals together. Their meal consists of a rice cake soup (main dish), braised short ribs, noodles with sauteed vegetables, Korean pancakes, many sweets and cookies, as well as a dozen of side dishes that are made with fresh vegetables, meat and fish.

Etiquette is very important to the Koreans.

Before the meal:
It is polite to say that you are looking forward to the meal.
You are to have the oldest person at the table sit down and lift their chopsticks first before any of the others may start eating.
During the meal:
You should not hold the bowl of soup or rice (as you might do in other Asian countries) and since many Korean meals have communal dishes, make sure you aren't touching other people's food.
Try to eat at the same pace as others at your table.
Etiquette Around the Table
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By Tiffany Yeh
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