South Korea

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1. Compare North Korea to South Korea.

South Korea is full of bright colours, technology, vehicles, big buildings, parties, happiness and a democracy. North Korea have only just started introducing mobile phones, and only a few have them. There are buses in North Korea, but no traffic jams. Kim Jong II brainwashes North Koreans at a young age so they believe that he is always right, no matter what, and must do what he says. Getting in and out of North Korea is difficult – you can-not leave with out a good reason and some have been reported escaping, but being ‘brain-washed’ makes them believe there is no better place in the world to be. They have pretty much blocked themselves off for the rest of the world. South Korea is pretty much the opposite.

2. Describe the borderline between North Korea and South Korea.

It is two miles long, full of ditches and barbed wire. No-one lives there, it’s a ‘no-man’s-land’. There is a possibility that soldiers line the border, so it is very difficult to get in there.

3. Why do you believe the bridge in the borderline is called the “Bridge of No Return”? Explain why you think this.

I believe the bridge is called ‘the Bridge of No Return’ because once you cross it, it is very hard to return to the other side unless you very stealthily and sneakily escape which is bound to be difficult.

4. Discuss the right reason why the bridge on the borderline is called “The Bridge of No Return”.

The bridge was used for prisoner exchanges at the end of the Korean War in 1953. There were many Korean prisoners captured by the United States during that time. The prisoners were brought to the bridge and asked if they wanted to return to North Korea, their country of captivity, but sadly their home, or to cross the bridge and go to South Korea, where they could be free. But if they crossed the bridge, they would never be allowed to return.

5. Identify South Korea’s population issues.

There are issues that South Korea is getting ‘too old’. Korea has the lowest fertility rate among the 30 OCED (most developed) nations. Late Marriage has become a recent trend and many women end up not married. As they grow older, the amount of younger people shrinks, and as South Koreans end up dying of old age, there will not be many younger generations to take their place.

6. Explain how the government is trying to solve these issues?

The government is trying to solve these issues by encouraging people to marry at a younger age. Instead of family planning they need to start planning families.

7. Contrast South Korea’s population issues with China’s population issues. (this is not found on the website)

South Korea hasn’t got a one-child policy, but not many people are having kids.

8. Examine how many languages are spoken in South Korea?

3, Korean, English and Japanese

9. Identify how many people live in South Korea?

As of July 2009, the population is 48,508,972.

10. Explain the climate of South Korea.

Cold winters and hot, wet summers.

11. What is the average January and August temperature in Seoul?

January, -2.5 degrees Celsius. August, 29.5 degrees Celsius.

12. Examine the topography of South Korea.

Mostly mountainous and forested

13. Discuss South Korea’s economy.

Very high tech and industrialized.

14. Identify 3 major exporting companies in South Korea.

Samsung, LG and Hyundai

15. Quantify the religious groups in South Korea.

Some Koreans are Buddhist and Christian, but many South Korean don’t have a religion.

16. Explain South Korea’s government.

South Korea’s government is a republic with a single legislative body, which is comprised of the National Assembly or Kukhoe.

17. Discuss South Korean Family values.

  • The family is the most important part of Korean life.
  • In Confucian tradition, the father is the head of the family and it is his responsibility to provide food, clothing and shelter, and to approve the marriages of family members.
  • The eldest son has special duties: first to his parents, then to his brothers from older to younger, then to his sons, then to his wife, and lastly to his daughters.
  • Family welfare is much more important than the needs of the individual.
  • Members of the family are tied to each other because the actions of one family member reflect on the rest of the family.
  • In many cases the family register can trace a family's history, through male ancestors, for over 500 years.

18. Explain how you can be a South Korean ancestor.

You must be on the male side of the family.

19. What are the five most important table manners followed by South Korean families? Explain why you believe these are important.

1) Wait to be told where to sit. There is often a strict protocol to be followed.

2) The oldest or most senior person is the one who starts the eating process.

3) Never point your chopsticks.

4) Do not pierce your food with chopsticks.

5) Finish everything on your plate.

I believe these are the most important because it is part of their culture and if you break the rules it would be very disrespectful towards them.

20. What are the religions followed in South Korea and what percentage of the population follows them?

No affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, other 1%

21. Identify the location of South Korea.

Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the East Sea and the Yellow Sea. (click on the flag for question 22)

22. Identify the black symbols of the South Korean flag and what they mean.

Justice, fruition, wisdom and vitality.

23. Identify the three most populated Metropolitan Cities and their populations.

Busan (3,635,389), Daegu (2,512,604) and Incheon (2,628,000)

24. Outline what Korean art been highly influenced by?

Buddhism and Confucianism

25. Define the main event that happened in South Korea in the year 1988.

Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics.

26. Identify the major event that happened in the year 1285.

The Buddhist monk Ilyon writes Samguk Yusa, a classic piece of Korean literature.

27. In between what years did the Japanese military ruler Hideyoshi Toyotomi leads invasions of Korea.

1592 and 1598.

28. Read a day in the life of Hye-Seung Hyun and answer the following questions.

a) Define Namsan.

South Mountain.

b) What two subjects did Hye-Seung Hyun have for the day?

English and Art.

c) What did she do in Art?

Learn about ceramics, playing with clay.

d) What time did Hye-Seung Hyun finish school? What time does she usually finish?

Today she finished at 1.50pm but she usually finishes at 3.00pm.

e) On what day does Hye-Seung Hyun has a Tae Kwon Do class?


29. Identify what South Korea celebrate on August 15?

The independence from Japan in 1945.

30. What do they complain about on Black Day?

About how come they are single.

31. Identify the Dano celebration.

It is a Spring Festival.

Based on ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY

32. How many views does ‘Gangnam Style’ by officialpsy have on YouTube?

More than 648,528,335

33. Define Gangnam?

It is a town close to Seoul, it is known for great nightclubs and amazing parties.

34. Identify the translation of the third verse (before the first chorus) of Gangnam Style.

Beautiful, loveable

Yes you, hey, yes you, hey

Beautiful, loveable

Yes you, hey, yes you, hey

Now let’s go until the end

35. Evaluate how many Korean Won (KRW) are in 1 Australian dollar (AUD).

Approx 1131.5 KRW

36. What is the latitude and longitude in Seoul, Busan and Mokpo?

Seoul: 37° 33' N, 126° 58' E

Busan: 35° 10' N, 129° 4' E

Mokpo: 34° 48' N, 126° 23' E