The 8th Asian Youth Forum


South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea and sometimes referred to simply as Korea, is a state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north. Its capital is  Seoul.South Korea lies in a temperate climate region with a predominantly mountainous terrain. Its territory covers a total area of 99,392 square kilometersand has a population of 50 million.

Archaeological findings show that the Korean Peninsula was occupied by the Lower Paleolithic period. Korean history begins with the founding of  Gojoseon in 2333 BC by the legendary Dan-gun. Following the unification of the Three Kingdoms of Korea under Silla in 668 AD, Korea went through the Goryeo Dynasty and Joseon Dynasty in 1910, when Korea was annexed by Japan. After liberation and occupation by the Soviet and U.S. forces at the end of World War II, the nation was divided into North and South Korea. The latter was established in 1948 as a democracy.

After the invasion of South Korea by forces from the North on 25 June 1950, the resulting war between the two Koreas ended in an uneasy cease-fire, and the border between the two nations is currently the most heavily fortified in the world. After the war, the South Korean economy  grew significantly and the country was transformed into a major economy, a full democracy and a regional powerin East Asia.

South Korea is a presidential republic consisting of sixteen administrative divisions and is a developed country with a very high standard of living . It is Asia's fourth largest economy and world's 15th (nominal) or 12th (purchasing power parity) largest economy. The economy is export-driven, with production focusing on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics. South Korea is a member of the United Nations, WTO, OECD and G-20 major economies. It is also a founding member of APEC and the East Asia Summit.



English                              한국어 (Korean)

Hello                                         안녕하세요 annyeonghasseyo - frm, 안녕 annyeong (inf)

                                                여보세요 yeobosseyo- on phone

Welcome                                   환영합니다 hwangyong-hamnida

How are you                             어떻게지내세요? eotteohke jinaeseyo?

                                                안녕하셨습니까?  an nyeong ha siut seum ni ka?

I'm fine, thanks!                        잘지내요 jaljinaeyo

Long time no see                      오랜만이다 orenmanida

What's your name?                   당신의이름은무엇입니까? dangsinui ireumeun mueosip nikka?
                                                성함이어떻게되십니까?  sungham ee uttoke daesipnika?
My name is                               제이름은 ... 입니다 je ireum-eun… imnida
Pleased to meet you                  만나서반갑습니다 mannaseo bangapseumnida

                                                 만나서반가워요 mannaseo bangawoyo (inf) 
Good morning/
afternoon/evening                      안녕하십니까 annyeong hashimnikka