The Republic of Korea, or South Korea is located in the southern half of the Korean peninsula. The Republic of Korea in Korean means "The Great Nation of the Korean People" and is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Morning Calm". South Korea has become a major global industrial power and is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter
South Korean won (KRW)
Ethnic groups: Korean; small Chinese minority
New Year's Day January 1
Lunar New Year's Day 1st mth & 1st day of lunar calendar
Independence Movement Day March 1
Children's Day May 5
Buddha's Birthday 8th day & 4th mth of lunar calendar
Memorial Day June 6
Constitution Day July 17
Independence Day August 15
Thanksgiving Day 8th mth,15th day of lunar calendar
National Foundation Day October 3
Christmas December 25
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