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Transcript of South Korea
The Republic Of Korea is located at the far eastern
edge of Asia, just to the west of Japan. It's capital
is Seoul with a population of 10.2 million people. The
total population of South Korea is 50.92 million people.
The country is slightly larger than Indiana and has
a mountainous east ("Facts About Korea").
During winter, especially in the north, the temperature is almost always under 0 degrees Celsius. The cold weather is due to the Siberian Wind that blows from Siberia. The temperature will usually be between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius during the spring. Summers are hot, humid, and rainy. There is a rainy and typhoon period within Summer. Autumn is short with temperatures usually above 15 degrees Celsius ("Korean Weather").
Kimchi is fermented Chinese cabbage
with red pepper powder, and it is usually
served as a side dish ("South Korean Dishes").
The noodles are made of buckwheat and sweet potatoes and are laid in cold beef broth. On top are sliced daikon radishes, cucumbers, and a boiled egg. Vinegar and spicy mustard are usually added for taste ("South Korean Dishes").
Kalbi means "ribs" in Korean. They are marinated beef or pork ribs and are roasted on a barbeque. They are served with leafy vegetables ("South Korean Dishes").
Kimbap is seaweed wrapped rice, vegetables, and eggs. It is served in bite-size slices ("South Korean Dishes").
Patbingsu is shaved ice topped with condensed milk, fruit, and red bean paste. It is a common dessert in Korea ("Patbingsu").
Bibimbap literally means "mixed rice". It is a bowl full of rice topped with multiple different vegetables and beef seasoned with gochujang (red pepper paste). A fried or raw egg is sometimes added on top (Ro).
Lunar New Years is usually around February. On this day, the family wears the traditional hanbok and spends the day together. People buy meat, fish, fruit, and vegetable to preform ancestral rites. The food for the ancestors must taste and look good. Koreans believe the spirits of the ancestors return to enjoy the holiday food set out for them (Holloway).
Lunar New Years
Chuseok is another holiday in which Koreans pay respect to their ancestors. In the morning, the family holds a memorial service. The family sometimes visits the ancestors' graves. During the visit, the family removes the weeds that have grown around the grave (Holloway).
Valentines, White, and Black Day
Valentines Day is when the girl gives a gift to her boyfriend. White Day is when the boy gives his girlfriend a gift. Black Day is a day for singles. On Black Day, the singles usually eat jjangjangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce). These holidays are popular with the younger generations and are advertised with many candies and flowers (Holloway).
Children's Day is almost like a christmas for children. On May 5th, parents take their children to amusement parks, movies, parks, and zoos. The children also receive candy and presents (Holloway).
The flag has a ying yang sign that is surrounded by four trigrams in each corner. The trigrams symbolize heaven, earth, fire, and water ("Facts About Korea").
The language used in South Korea is Korean or Hangul. The alphabet consists of 24 consonants and vowels. Letters are written in blocks. Chinese symbols are sometimes used as well ("Korean").
South Korea has a wide variety of religions. The most popular religions are Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism, and Confucianism ("Religion").
Buchaechum is a traditional Korean dance usually performed by women. The choreography is made to represent birds, butterflies, and flowers ("Traditional Korean Performance, Buchaechum").
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Ogomu is another dance performed by women. The players spin, jump, and bend as they hit the drums. Also, the performers wear the traditional dress known as hanbok (Oh).
South Korean entertainment is similar to our own. Going to the cinema is a popular activity and so is karaoke. Nightclubs are also popular ("Entertainment").
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Jangguchum translates to "hourglass shaped drum". The performers are also female. One hand beats on the drum while the other makes gestures ("Namwon National Gukak Centre performs at Korean Cultural Centre India » Final Perfomance of Folk dance recietal “Jangguchum”)").
South Korea was established on August 15th, 1948. After World War 11, South Korea agreed to make its border with North Korea at the 38th parallel north. The United States and the Soviets could not agree on the use of Joint Trusteeship over Korea. This led to the establishment of two governments (Szczepanski).
North Korean forces invaded South Korea in 1950 and started the Korean War. Since South Korea was supported by the UN, many countries were willing to help South Korea fight. The United States helped them the most by supplying almost 400,000 soldiers. There was no peace treaty, and North Korea claims to have won the war ("Korean War").
Now South Korea is one the wealthiest nations and has become a very modernized nation.
(Climate and Weather)
(Lotte World Seoul)
(Flag of South Korea)
(The Korean Alphabet)
(Lotus Lantern Festival)
Korea stills holds onto old traditions despite being modernized. Respecting those who are older than you through your actions and through honorifics in the language is a very important part of their culture. Rural areas still hold onto older traditions and even still have traditional housing. Around South Korea, you can still see the old temples surrounded by modern buildings (Holloway).
Baeyoonunsaram, . South Korea location map topography with taebaek mountains marked. 2010. Photograph. Wikimediacommons.comWeb. 12 Feb 2014.
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Here is the traditional hanbok dress
This picture shows the types of food the family sets out for their ancestors.
These are gift baskets for White Day.
A popular amusement park is Lotte World.