South Korea is one of the most densely populated countries both in Asia and in the world. The population is over forty million people, roughly twice that of North Korea. Over ten million people - nearly a quarter of the total population - live in Seoul, the capital and South Korea's largest city.

The Korean people are one of the world's most ethnically homogeneous nationalities. This means that almost all the people in the country are of the same ethnicity. They are almost exclusively descendents of the Han, a people believed to be related to the Mongols of Central Asia. There are no numerically significant ethnic minorities in South Korea.

Visa: HKSAR and BNO Passport holders enjoy 30 days visa-free access
Time Differences: GMT +9 (Seoul is 1 hour ahead of Hong Kong)
Language: Korean
Currency: ₩ (KRW)
Voltage: 220 volts, two round holes
Weather: The best times to visit Seoul are from March to May and from September to November.
Spring and autumn are uniformly pleasant
Summer is sweltering and muggy
Winters is nasty and chilly
Typhoons are a possibility from late June to September.


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