South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea (ROK) is a peninsula in Southeast Asia. The country vibrates with a high-tech economy and ranks first among the world’s most innovative countries according to the Bloomberg Innovation Index. Not many people know that it has the fastest internet speed in the world and also the largest smart phone property. It ranks first even in the development of ICT, e-Government, and 4G LTE coverage.
However, the country has much to offer the avid traveler, from its enchanting mountainous countryside interspersed with cherry trees, emerald rice paddies, and ancient Buddhist temples, to its countless green tropical islands and picturesque coastal fishing villages. South Korea also has 20 national parks and other natural places. You can enjoy hiking up the rugged mountain tops and, in winter, you can choose from gentle ski slopes.
Covering an area of 100,032 square kilometers, the country is cradled by the Yellow Sea to the west, the Sea of Japan to the east, while to the south are the East China Sea and the Strait of Korea.
South Korea can be divided into four geographical regions. The eastern region is marked by high mountain ranges and narrow coastal plains; the western region is distinguished by its wide coastal plains, river basins, and rolling hills; While the southwest region features mountains and valleys, the southeast region is dominated by the vast Nakdong River basin.
About three thousand islands, generally uninhabited, lie off the western and southern coasts. Among them, Jeju-do is the biggest island in the nation (at 1,850 square kilometers), and it is additionally home to Hallasan, a terminated well of lava, at 6,398 feet above ocean level, which is the highest point in South Korea. There are also some islands to the east and south of the country.
South Korea, notwithstanding its turbulent history, is today at the bleeding edge of the worldwide economy and innovation and is a shocking illustration of what a nation and its kin can accomplish. It has also largely preserved its traditions and customs that make its culture very distinctive, making it a great attraction for tourists to this land of miraculous people.