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Tourism in Korea - In Depth Country Review

Choose a country that you have not lived in, nor spent more than a week in. Find at least three book sources and at least seven sources in all and begin reading about the culture of this country. You may choose a specific ethnic group in the country or discuss the country as a whole.

Research what a person would need to know in order to visit your country successfully. In your search, look for topics such as family, status of children, role of women, role of the aged, customs, taboos, superstitions, values, language, body language, gestures, prejudices, foods, clothing, work ethic, death and mourning rituals, marriage rituals, education, religion, traditions, holidays, and ways of celebrating. Also look for important events in history or politics that have shaped the culture.

Identify places that are a "must-see" for visitors to the country. This paper, when completed, will be a guide for the visitor to the country.

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Republic of South Korea

Welcome to the Republic of Korea (Korea), one of the most unique countries in Asia. For tourists, Korea offers so many wonderful experiences and adventures. In advance of traveling there, one should get to know the country and its people better to have a full understanding of their customs and culture. This research will help guide you and share valuable information about the Korean way of life.

Korean culture is rich in tradition and history which makes it very interesting to explore. For many, Korea is considered a magical place full of Zen and offering peace and harmony to all who visit there. However, like most countries, Korea also has had its share of wars and tragedy over the years as well. It is this combination of rich history mixed with strong traditions that make Korean culture an amazing thing.

The geography of Korea places this small country on the far East side of Asia. Korea is a small peninsula between Japan and China and is connected to mainland Asia in its northern region. The Tuman and Yalu rivers separate Korea from Russia and China. Between Korea and Japan lies the East Sea and to the West between China and Korea lies the Yellow Sea. The entire country of Korea is about 1,000 kilometers in length (Shin, 2013).

When visiting Korea, the predominant language you will hear spoken is the Hangul, the "Korean Language". Hangul is spoken in both North and South Korea as a part of the Altaic language family. Although there are many different dialects, Hangul is generally understood among all Korean people with over 70 million people being fluent in the language, 50 million of which are located in South Korea. Among historians, the Korean language of Hangul is considered to be among the most well established and well planned languages to occur throughout history. Hangul was established in 1446 by King Sejong who developed the very easy alphabet for others to learn. This ease of learning associated with Hangul language gives Korea one of the highest literacy rates among all developed countries in the world (Cheon, 2012).

For tourists, you will find it comforting to learn that a vast majority of Koreans study and speak English as a second language as it is required learning in their schools from an early age. So, when driving around a city in Korea or taking a train or visiting shops and other attractions, it is common to see signs in both the Korean and English languages. Therefore, the fear of not understanding the Korean language should not stop one from traveling to the region as you will quickly learn what you need to know or you will find friendly Koreans who speak some English that are willing to help you (Cheon, 2012).

Some of the basic facts to know about the Korean people as compared to other Asian countries. Koreans are generally known for being very pleasant and nice as long as they are treated with respect. One of the things to learn is that in Korea, there are many western customs that are accepted that would be considered rude to a Korean person. For example, pointing at someone or waving your hand in a backward fashion for them to come toward you would be considered very rude where as ...

Solution Summary

This research is an in depth guide to the country of South Korea and its people, culture, and customs. It is presented in a manner of a tour guide presentation to a traveler and has over 2000 words of text to help define Korea culture.