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The surprising geography of South Korea

If the country still isn't very touristic, the destination has many attractive features for which you should think about going to discover it. See what you're going to find if you go on a trip to South Korea.

Geography

With a surface area of just under 100 000 square kilometres, you will discover over the course of your visit to South Korea a country which has dimensions similar to those of Portugal. With its capital Seoul populated by over 10 million inhabitants, South Korea shares its northern frontier with the well named North Korea over a little under 240 kilometres. The rest of the country is almost a large island, more so a peninsula, and the coastline is opposite the Yellow Sea to the west, the South Sea to the south and to finish the East Sea or Sea of Japan to the east. The highest summit in South Korea is the volcano mount Hallasan which reaches a height of 1950 metres. Equally worth knowing is that most of the countryside that you find in South Korea is mountainous. The country is in fact 70% covered by mountains.

In South Korea

Fauna and flora

With 19 national parks over lands with a modest surface area, it's safe to say that South Korea considers the environment as something very important. Regarding the fauna, South Korea sheltered the famous Siberian Tiger for a quite a while. It has now completely disappeared from the land. Currently you can always see very typical animals from the country, such as the mandarin vole, the Tristam green woodpecker and the black bear.

The flora has an unequaled richness with over 33 000 species of plants. Amongst the villages in South Korea you will find large trees such as oak-trees, birches, beech trees or cedar trees. There is also a lot of heather, azaleas, camellias and ginger. It's up to you now, tourists, to make South Korea less unknown. It's definitely deserved.

David Debrincat
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Updated 17 November 2015

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