Country: South Korea

Population: 49,044,790

Capital: Seoul

Time Zone: UTC+9

Currency Name: South Korean won (KRW)

Government Type: republic

Languages: Korean, English widely taught in junior high and high school

Ethnic Breakdown: homogeneous (except for about 20,000 Chinese)

Religion: Christian 26.3% (Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%), Buddhist 23.2%, other or unknown 1.3%, none 49.3%

Major Cities: Seoul, Taegu, Inchon

Phone Country Code: 82

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://english.tour2korea.com/index.asp

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Korean New Year, March 1 (Independence Movement Day), May 5 (Children's Day), Buddha Day, June 6 (Memorial Day), July 17 (Constitution Day), August 15 (Liberation Day), Harvest Festival, October 3 (National Foundation Day), December 25 (Christmas)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: There is a Starbucks in Myungdung, South Korea that is five stories tall.