South Korea: Random Facts  
South Korea: Random Facts
  • Something that surprises the eye of the tourist when they visit Seoul is that it is a city of contrasts: the most avant-garde skyscrapers coexist in the same space with the most traditional oriental palaces.
  • South Korea is one of the world's most-wired nations: out of a population of some 50 million, 31 million smartphone users and nearly 20 million users of either Facebook or Twitter.
  • Seoul is the second most populated city in the world.
  • The reason why Seoul has to grow either upwards or downwards is because it is surrounded by mountains. This peculiarity has led to the subterranean markets that are so popular in Seoul.
  • Marrying foreigners has become a trend among South Koreans. It is mostly South Korean women the ones who marry foreigners.
  • South American soap operas are very popular in South Korea.
  • The average age to marry has increased in the past few years.
  • Everything –shops, restaurants- are open and running 24/7, unlike Europe.
  • Tae Kwando is originally from Korea. In the last Olympic games, Korea has won with gold medal.
  • South Korean education system is one of the most effective at a global level.
  • Just like that famous U2 song from the 80s, Seoul's streets have no name. Perhaps the city served the band as an inspiration for one of the best songs ever written.
  • Lotte World is one of the most emblematic shopping centres in Seoul. This major recreation complex consists of the world's largest indoor theme park (a Guinness World Record), an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island”, an artificial island inside a lake linked by monorail, ice rink, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movies theatres. Lotte World receives over 8 million visitors yearly and is considered one of the most prominent theme parks in Asia.
  • The N Seoul Tower marks the highest point in the city.
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