The Korean Peninsula is divided between north and south, making Korea one of the only divided countries in the world. The following information is about the Republic of Korea.

Korea has four distinct seasons, each with their own stunning scenes. In the spring, forsythia, cherry blossoms, azaleas and many other flowers are in full bloom; in the summer, vacationers head to the coasts to enjoy time at the beach; autumn brings crimson colors to mountain foliage, and in the winter, land is covered with a blanket of white snow.

The country’s population reached 51.20 million in April 2014 (Ministry of Security and Public Administration), with a large proportion living in major metropolitan areas. To address congestion in the Seoul and its satellite cities where around half the country’s population resides, the Korean government is relocating many government organizations to locations outside of the capital city, with the process set to be completed in 2014.

The most notable Korean figures in 2013 were Park Geun-hye, Korea’s first female president, Psy, who became a worldwide celebrity thanks to his song “Gangnam Style”, and Kim Yuna, who won gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2013 World Figure Skating Championships with her unrivaled figure skating skills.

Also, the recent Hallyu (Korean Wave or the popularity of Korean pop culture) boom has helped popularize K-Pop stars such as Girls’ Generation, and SHINee, and actors like Kim Su-hyeon, and Song Joong-ki, but these are just a few of the many Korean celebrities who are gaining immense popularity around the world.

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