25 Interesting Facts About South Korea

Are you familiar with South Korea? If you’re not, you should be. Occupying an area of just 100,000 square kilometers (39,000 square miles), South Korea might be a small country, but as you will see, it is a wonderful and surprisingly diverse place that boasts a number of impressive achievements. You might have heard about their highly efficient economy, super modern technologies and influential pop culture but in fact, South Korea is so much more than just Samsung and Gangam Style. Located on a tiny piece of land on East Asia surrounded by three of the world´s superpowers: China, Russia and Japan, who have even made several attempts to subjugate them, South Korea managed to defend themselves and break through, receiving worldwide acclaim in many different fields. If you want to learn more about this extraordinary country (and we are sure you do), keep on reading because this post might just open your eyes to a South Korea you might not be aware of. From their obsession with cosmetics to their problem with number 4 and electric fans, these are 25 Interesting Facts About South Korea.

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South Korean men are literally obsessed with cosmetics. They spend a ton of money on cosmetics products (particularly make-up) in order to improve their appearance. In fact, South Korean men are the world's top per-capita consumers of skincare products, with four times the purchases of runner-up Denmark.

cosmeticsSource: money.cnn.com, image: pixabay.com

Talking about appearance and beauty, South Korea also has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita in the world. The United States, for example, comes fourth after Brazil and Thailand.

korean womanSource: asianplasticsurgeryguide.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org


South Koreans have a very unusual approach to age. Every South Korean child is considered to be one year old when it is born, and it will turn two on the next Lunar New Year. Furthermore, 100 days after the birth, a huge celebration is held for the baby.

korean babySource: korea4expats.com, image: pixabay.com

South Korea is one of the world´s most urbanized and densely populated countries, but it also boasts astonishing natural beauties. Declared a World Heritage Site, the Jeju Island, for example, is home to stunning rock formations and breathtaking flora.

Jeju islandSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com


South Korea is the world leader in internet connectivity, having by far the world's fastest average internet connection speed. About 92.4% of the population are internet users.

pc roomSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

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