South Korea Brief Information
Tours to South Korea have been deservedly popular with tourists from Russia for more than a year.
The country is rightfully proud of its super-modern megacities and advanced technologies; small picturesque villages where traditional hanok houses are surrounded by green gardens; carefully protected nature and many historical sights; modern and traditional medicine; luxury hotels and restaurants; revered today by ancient traditions and youth culture.
It is also worth mentioning shopping in South Korea, the attractiveness of which for tourists sometimes turns out to be one of the main reasons for visiting the country. In many huge shopping centers you can buy equipment from Korean manufacturers, cosmetics, clothes, shoes from both international brands and from the collections of Korean designers. And a walk along the narrow cozy shopping streets of Seoul will give, in addition to interesting purchases, an unforgettable pleasure, and may well be considered a separate excursion.
Of considerable interest is the famous Korean cuisine, which we definitely recommend to every tourist to try.
The Land of Morning Calm is waiting for you!
The area of the Republic of Korea is 99,500 sq. km,
population – 48 million 607 thousand people (according to 2008). The capital of the Republic of Korea is Seoul,
the 6 largest cities are Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju, Taejeon and Ulsan.
The country is made up of 9 provinces (do), 77 cities (si), and 88 districts (gun).
Time difference: In summer, the difference between Seoul and Moscow time is 5 hours
The Korean Peninsula is located in the eastern part of the Asian continent, stretching from south to north. It is approximately 1,030 km long and 175 km wide at its narrowest point.
Mountains cover almost 70% of Korea, making this region one of the most mountainous in the world.
Rise and bizarre heaps of granite and limestone form breathtaking views of mountains and valleys.
According to bridgat.com, the climate of Korea is monsoonal and continental in terms of temperature. The seasons are divided into four seasons:
Spring in Korea is warm and lasts from late March to May. At this time of the year, many different flowers adorn the mountain slopes and plains of the country.
From June to early September it is summer in Korea. This is the hottest and wettest time of the year.
Autumn lasts from September to November, and is characterized by invigorating weather with sunny days. This is the best time of the year to visit Korea.
Winter in Korea starts in December and ends in mid-March. The weather at this time of the year can be very harsh due to the cold air from Siberia. Abundant snows in the northern and eastern parts of the country provide excellent conditions for skiing
Officially, Korea recognizes and operates the Gregorian calendar, although some holidays are based on the lunar calendar. During official weekends and holidays, banks and various government offices are closed, but museums, palaces, most restaurants, department stores and places of entertainment remain open.
The most important traditional holidays in Korea are Seollal (Lunar New Year) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day). At this time, millions of people return to their hometowns to celebrate these holidays with their families.
Solar New Year (January 1)
Seollal Lunar New Year (2011: February 2-4)
Independence Movement Day (March 1)
Buddha’s Birthday (2011: May 10)
Children’s Day (May 5)
Fallen Soldiers Memorial Day (June 6)
Korea Liberation Day (August 15)
National Foundation Day (October 3)
Chuseok – Korean Thanksgiving Day (2011: September 11-13)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Labor Day (1 May)