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South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in
East Asia, constituting the southern part of the
Korean Peninsula, and sharing a
land border with
North Korea. About 25 million people, around half of the
country's population of 51 million, live in the
Seoul Capital Area.
The Korean Peninsula was inhabited as early as the
Lower Paleolithic period. Its
first kingdom was noted in Chinese records in the early 7th century BCE. Following the unification of the
Three Kingdoms of Korea into
Balhae in the late 7th century, Korea was ruled by the
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392) and the
Joseon dynasty (1392–1897). The succeeding
Korean Empire was
annexed into the
Empire of Japan in 1910. After
World War II, Korea was
divided into two zones; a
northern zone occupied by the
Soviet Union and a
southern zone occupied by the
United States. After negotiations on
reunification failed, the latter became the Republic of Korea in August 1948 while the former became North Korea.
In 1950, a
North Korean invasion began the
Korean War, which saw extensive
U.N. intervention in support of the South, while the North received support
from the Soviet Union. After
the war's end in 1953, the country's economy
began to soar, recording the
fastest rise in average GDP per capita in the world between 1980 and 1990. The
June Struggle led to the
end of authoritarian rule in 1987 and the country is now considered among the
most advanced democracies in Asia, with the highest level of
press freedom. However,
political scandals remain serious problems; all four living former South Korean
presidents have been sentenced to prison for various crimes ranging from abuse of authority to
embezzlement; with two still currently serving their sentences. (
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Busan (Korean pronunciation:
[pusan]), formerly romanized as Pusan and now officially known as Busan Metropolitan City, is
second-most populous city after
Seoul, with a population of over 3.4 million inhabitants. It is the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern South Korea, with its port—Korea's busiest and the sixth-busiest in the world. The surrounding "Southeast Economic Zone" (including
South Gyeongsang) is South Korea's largest industrial area.
Busan is divided into 15 major administrative districts and a single county, together housing a population of approximately 3.6 million. The full metropolitan area, the
Southeastern Maritime Industrial Region, has a population of approximately 8 million. The most densely built-up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between the
Nakdong and the Suyeong Rivers, with mountains separating most of the districts. The Nakdong is
Korea's longest river and Busan's
Haeundae Beach is also the country's largest.
Busan is a center for international conventions, hosting
in 2005. It is also a center for sports tournaments in Korea, having hosted the
2002 Asian Games
FIFA World Cup
. It is home to the world's largest
. Busan was added to the
UNESCO Creative Cities Network
as a "City of Film" in December 2014. (
South Korea is located in
East Asia, on the southern half of the
Korean Peninsula jutting out from the far east of the Asian land mass. The only country with a land border to South Korea is
North Korea, lying to the north with 238 kilometres (148 mi) of border running along the
Korean Demilitarized Zone. South Korea is mostly surrounded by water and has 2,413 kilometres (1,499 mi) of coast line along three seas; to the west is the
Yellow Sea, to the south is the
East China Sea, and to the east is the East Sea. Geographically, South Korea's land mass is approximately 100,032 square kilometres (38,623 sq mi). 290 square kilometres (110 sq mi) of South Korea are occupied by water. The approximate coordinates are 37° North, 127° 30 East. Notable islands include
Jeju Island (Jejudo),
Ulleung Island (Ulleungdo), and
Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo).
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Lion Heart is the fifth
studio album and the eighth overall by South Korean girl group
Girls' Generation. It marked their first record as an eight-member group since the departure of member
Jessica in September 2014. Produced by
Lee Soo-man, Lion Heart musically encompasses styles of
bubblegum pop. It was released in two parts throughout August 18 and August 19, 2015 by
S.M. Entertainment; another version with a different cover titled You Think was distributed on August 26, 2015. This is the group's first Korean studio album without former member Jessica who left the group on September 30, 2014.
The album spawned three
. Its lead single, "
", was released on July 7, 2015, and peaked atop the
Gaon Digital Chart
, further reaching number ten on the
Japan Hot 100
. It was followed up by "
" and "
" in August 2015, charting at number four and thirty on the Gaon Digital Chart, respectively. In order to promote the record, Girls' Generation appeared on several South Korean music programs, such as
Show! Music Core
, where they performed material from the album. The group additionally embarked on a concert tour named
Girls' Generation's Phantasia
, which commenced on November 21, 2015 in
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In the news
- 14 June 2021 –
COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea
South Korea eases COVID-19-related restrictions at large concerts and sports events, with up to 4,000 people allowed to attend
K-pop concerts and other cultural shows, as well as allowing sport
stadiums to operate at 30% to 50% capacity depending on the district as the country continues its
- 9 June 2021 –
- Nine people are killed and eight more wounded as a five-storey building being demolished in
Gwangju, South Korea, collapses onto a bus. Authorities are concerned that people may have been buried in the demolition site or on the nearby pavement.
- 8 June 2021 –
Iraqi Radioactive Sources Regulatory Authority announces that Iraq is seeking to build eight
nuclear reactors capable of producing 11 gigawatts combined to address increasing electricity demand, which is predicted to rise 50% from roughly 28GW today to 42GW by 2030. Average electrical power output currently stands at about 18.4GW, of which 1.2GW is imported. The Authority says that they are in discussions with
French officials on how to implement the plan.
- 8 June 2021 –
COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea,
COVID-19 vaccination in South Korea
- South Korea reports a new single-day record of 857,000 doses of the
COVID-19 vaccine administered.