our top ten interesting facts about South Korea
Here's our top ten interesting facts about South Korea.
Did you know that Korean taxis are color coded?
Or that Korean food is the latest super food?
Or maybe you want to know what South Korean people do in their free time?
Answer...Shop Shop Shop...South Koreans love to shop!
If you love to shop.
...go to South Korea.
We thought we'd seen big shops in London. And Paris.
Then we went to South Korea. Shopping in Seoul is on a different scale!
Some Seoul shopping centres are literally like small towns.
Filled to bursting with beautiful people buying beautiful things.
South Korean food is Super Food
The South Korean diet is perfect for good health and staying slim.
Meals include lots of delicious vegetables and herbs. With rice, and spices. And a small amount of meat or fish.
The result is delicious.
And perfectly balanced for good health. And it makes you feel great!
interesting facts about South Korea - the taxis are colour coded
It's a neat system. Hail a grey or white taxi. And you get a basic car. With a less experienced but still fully qualified driver.
Choose a black cab. And you get a bit more luxury and a more experienced driver. But it costs you a few more Won.
Whichever way you go the driver will probably be watching the TV in the cab. At the same time as driving you!
Soju can get you drunk Fast!
Soju is South Korea's rice wine. It tastes good. But it's pretty strong! At least 20% alcohol content.
It's traditionally served in small shot glasses. And on the shout of 'Gumbay!' It's the custom to drink the whole glass full in one go.
Then when your glass is empty. Your host will quickly refill it. And it's not really polite to refuse....
So you can see it's quite easy to get pretty drunk. Pretty quickly!
Another way to drink Soju is as a Korean Bomb. Where a shot of Soju is added to a beer. No we didn't try it...
South Korea has very advanced industry and technology
One of the interesting facts about South Korea. Is that after the Korean war. Governments invested heavily in education.
And the result has been huge progress in industry and technology.
Technology giants like LG and Samsung are Korean. As are the car makers Hyundai and Kia.
Seoul has DMB. Which is Digital Multi-Media Broadcasting. So South Koreans can watch TV in the car. Or on a mobile phone!
a traditional Korean roof curves up with a smile
If you see a picture of a traditional Asian building.
And the roof curves up at the corners. Then you know it's Korean.
We saw some stunning traditional buildings in South Korea.
Like this gorgeous one at WaWoo temple. Inside is the golden bell of re-union.
The bell symbolizes the wish that North and South Korea will re-unite one day.
Korean street art is great!
Every Korean town we visited had great street art.
It ranged from chunky, curved statues of female forms.
To pairs of jeans stuffed with flowers. To a huge cup pouring tubes of steel water.
It was quirky. And great fun.
For us Korean Street art really enhances South Korean towns.
taekwondo is South Korea's national sport
Of course this is a taekwondo site.
So we had to include this one!
Taekwondo is a fantastic martial art.
Known especially for its spectacular kicks.
Taekwondo is everywhere in Korea. There is a school in every town.
One of the interesting facts about South Korea is that many Korean kids learn taekwondo as a routine part of their education.
Taekwondo is the most popular martial art in the world. Something Korea is quite rightly very proud of.
Seoul is a city of apartments
One of the interesting facts about South Korea. Is that many, many people live in high-rise, high-tech apartments.
Some have robots to do the housework. And the heating can be controlled by a call on the mobile phone.
Of course to pay for all this. South Koreans work hard!
South Korea might as well be an island
Although South Korea is joined by land to China.
It might as well be an island.
And that's because the only way to get from South Korea to the rest of Asia by land.
Is by traveling through North Korea. And at the moment the border into North Korea is closed.
So one of the interesting facts about South Korea is that.
Everything comes in and out of South Korea by boat or plane.
South Koreans dream of a rail link to Asia. And on into Europe. This picture is a poster at Dorasan Station near the border.
The caption reads 'not the last station from the South, but the first station towards the North'.