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Korea Portal
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Korea is a civilization and geographical area situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia, bordering China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast, with Japan situated to the southeast across the Korea Strait. It is often called the "Land of the Morning Calm".

One of the world's oldest civilizations, Korea has a recorded history dating back approximately 2,333 B.C.E. It enjoyed long periods of relative peace throughout its history. In 1910, Korea was annexed by Imperial Japan, becoming a colony until 1945. Following World War II, the Soviet Union and United States played a role in dividing the peninsula into two political entities, North Korea and South Korea.

North Korea is a communist state that is sometimes described as Stalinist and isolationist. South Korea is a capitalist liberal democracy, and its world economic ranking is 10th (based on GDP).

Korea is populated by a relatively homogeneous ethnic group, the Koreans, who speak a distinct language called Korean and use the unique, scientific script hangul.

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Gyeongju is a city (see Administrative divisions of South Korea) and prominent tourist destination in eastern South Korea. It lies in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province, on the coast of the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Nearby cities include the industrial centers Ulsan and Pohang. Numerous low mountains, outliers of the Taebaek range, are scattered throughout the city.

Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, a fact to which it owes its present-day prominence. The Silla kingdom arose at the turn of the 1st millennium, and ruled most of the Korean Peninsula from the 7th to the 9th centuries. A vast number of sites from this period remain in the city today. After the kingdom fell, the city gradually declined in importance.

Today Gyeongju is a typical medium-sized city, having shared in the economic, demographic, and social trends that have shaped modern South Korea. However, amidst these trends the city has retained a distinctive identity. In tourism, it is one of South Korea's best-known destinations. In manufacturing, it profits from its proximity to major industrial centers such as Ulsan. Gyeongju is connected to nationwide rail and expressway networks, which facilitate both industrial and tourist traffic. (more...)

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Taepyeongmu (태평무), a Korean dance wishing a great peace for Korea. Its origin is unknown but the late Han Seungjun (한성준 韓成俊 1875-1941), a known dancer and drummer, rearranged it in the early 20th century. It is assumed to have been a court dance occasionally performed by kings during the Joseon dynasty of Korea. Therefore, the costumes used for dancers are almost similar to a king and queen's gwanbok (관복, official clothing). Taepyeongmu is designated as one of the Important Intangible Cultural Properties of South Korea.

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  • Kyungdong Presbyterian Church (designed by Kim Swoo Geun), create 2008-04-30
  • Lee Hyun-se (ko:이현세), top-rated manhwa artist, create 2008-05-01
  • Chunhyangjeon (ko:춘향전), create 2008-05-01
  • Sindansu (신단수; 神檀樹, "Divine Betula"), create 2008-05-01
  • Sport in Korea, create 2008-05-16
  • Korea Sports Council (대한체육회 大韓體育會), create 2008-05-16
  • Misu (미수, 米水) - a grain tea made from several grains such as rice, barley, beans, glutinous rice, brown rice, Job's tears, etc., which are roasted and then ground to be added to water, create 2008-06-14
  • Onmyeon (온면, , buckwheat guksu warm noodle soup in beef broth), create 2008-06-18 (some information already at Korean royal court cuisine)
  • Dak bokkeumtang (hot and spicy chicken dish; also called dakdoritang), create 2008-06-19
  • Yeongchun - site of apparent U.S. killing of Korean civilians during the Korean War[1]
  • Sanseong-dong - site of apparent U.S. killing of Korean civilians during the Korean War[2]
  • Korean Patriotic Association (ko:한인애국단)
  • Munhwaeo or Munhwa language (ko:문화어, literally "culture language"), standard language of North Korea based on Pyongyang dialect.[3]
  • Korea National Arboretum (ko:국립수목원), previously called "Gwangneung Arboretum" (광릉수목원)[4][5][6]
  • Han Dae-soo, Korean folk singer [7]
  • Yeongsan Hoesang - composition in the jeongak genre
  • Daehanin-dongjihwe
  • Bangpaeyeon - kite
  • Ahn Sook-seon - pansori singer
  • Kim Deok-soo - Samulnori artist
  • Yurimjang Confucian funeral ceremony
  • Kwangbopsa North Korean Buddhist temple constructed in Goguryeo era, located in Pyongyang
  • Korean units of measurement - traditional units of weights and measure used in Korea (pre SI/metric; like the pyeong)
  • British - South Korean relations - the bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea
  • North Korean famine - overhaul and improvement of whole article; special focus on introduction, estimated deaths, and Wikipedia formatting by qualified persons.
  • Yanggwan - Create, 2011-09-16. Ceremonial hat or crown of some sort, not entirely sure. I would do the article myself but I feel I don't have enough information. I did find these[8][9] two pages on it though.

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Ban Ki-moon (born June 13, 1944 in Eumseong, North Chungcheong, Korea) is a South Korean diplomat and the current Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. He entered diplomatic service the year he graduated college, accepting his first post in New Delhi. In the foreign ministry he established a reputation for modesty and competence. (more...)

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Did you know...

...that the first contact between Russia and Korea occurred when Joseon Dynasty forces under Shin Ryu defeated a Russian expedition in the 1650s?

...that South Korea was the first country in the world to provide high-speed internet access to every primary, junior, and high school?

...that Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, would be the tallest hotel in the world, if completed?

...that Jikji (Baekun Hwasang Chorok Buljo Jikji Simche yojeol, printed 1377) is the world's oldest extant metal-type printed book?

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South Korea: buildings and structures - cities - communications - conservation - culture - economy - education - geography - government - healthcare - history - law enforcement - media - military - organizations - people - politics - religion - science and technology - society - sports - subdivisions - tourism - transportation

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