Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia. Half of the country’s population of over 51 million people live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the world. South Korea shares its traditional culture with North Korea, but the two Koreas have developed distinct contemporary forms of culture since the peninsula was divided in 1945.
Popular tourist destinations outside of Seoul include the major coastal city of Busan (map), the Seorak-san national park (map), the historic city of *Gyeongju (map) and subtropical *Jeju Island. *Andong (map) — historically rich in Confucius traditions and home of living folk village. *Yeosu (map) — one of the country’s most picturesque port cities especially at night. Famous for its seafood and beaches, you can visit some of the islands in *Hallyeo Ocean Park.