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, Korean Hanguk or Choson, region and historic country (85,049 sq mi/220,277 sq km), E Asia. A peninsula, 600 mi (966 km) long, Korea separates the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea by Koreans) on the east from the Yellow Sea (and Korea Bay [or West Korea
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Korea, South

Official name: Republic of Korea

Capital city: Seoul

Internet country code: .kr

Flag description: White with a red (top) and blue yin-yang symbol in the center; there is a different black trigram from the ancient I Ching (Book of Changes) in each corner of the white field

National anthem: “Aegukga” (Love the Country)

National flower: Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syriacus L.)

Geographical description: Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea

Total area: 38,022 sq. mi. (98,477 sq. km.)

Climate: Temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter

Nationality: noun: Korean(s); adjective: Korean

Population: 49,044,790 (July 2007 CIA est.)

Ethnic groups: Korean; small Chinese minority

Languages spoken: Korean, English

Religions: Christian 26.3% (Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%), Buddhist 23.2%, other or unknown 1.3%, none 49.3%

Legal Holidays:

Assumption DayAug 28
Children's DayMay 5
Independence Movement DayMar 1
Liberation DayAug 15
Memorial DayJun 6
National Foundation DayOct 3
New Year's DayJan 1
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South Korea

a republic in NE Asia: established as a republic in 1948; invaded by North Korea and Chinese Communists in 1950 but division remained unchanged at the end of the war (1953); includes over 3000 islands; rapid industrialization. Language: Korean. Religions: Buddhist, Confucianist, Shamanist, and Chondokyo. Currency: won. Capital: Seoul. Pop.: 47 950 000 (2004 est.). Area: 98 477 sq. km (38 022 sq. miles)
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"Han'guk ui ch'ogi kukka hyongsong ui songgyok kwa kujo, 1945-1948" [Structure and characteristics of early state formation in Korea, 1945-1948].
(12.) For more detailed discussion of Kwanghaegun's diplomatic policies, see Han Myonggi, "Han'guk yoktae haeoe p'abyong sarye yon'gu--1619 nyon Simha chont'u ch'amjon ul chungsimuiro" [A Case Study of Dispatching Troops Overseas in Korean History--Focus on the Sarhu Battle in 1619], Kunsasa yon gu ch'ongso 1 (2001): 1-37: idem, Imjin waeran kwa hanjung kwangye [The Imjim War and Choson's Relations with China], (Seoul, 1999), 224-64; and Kye, "In the Shadow of the Father," 172-79.
Han'guk Chongsin Munhwa Yon'guwon (Academy of Korean Studies) (ed.) (no publication date), Haenam Yun-ssi komunso (Archival Documents for the Haenam Yun Clan), library microfilm no.
Han'guk kyohoe songryong-undong-ui hyonsang-kwa kujo [`The Phenomenon and Structure of Holy-Spirit Movement of Christian Churches in Korea'].
(50.) Min Kyong-bae, "Ilche malgi Han'guk kyohoe-ui saengt'ae" ("Korean Churches in the Last Phase of Japanese Imperialism"), Kidokkyo sasang (Christian Thought) (August 1974): 52-65.
"Toshi chaegabal saop kwa toshi pin'gon ch'ung ui chiptan haengdong" [Urban Redevelopment Projects and the Collective Protests of Urban Poor], Han'guk Saheo Pokchihak 9 (July): 124-134.
Pulgyo hakhoe (Seoul: Minjoksa, 1986), 273-360, and Yi Chin-wol, "11 segi Han'guk pulgyogye ui Sonjong sanghwang kwa t'ukching," Pulgyo hakpo 56 (2010): 93-95.
For a more detailed study on the Choson military organization, see Ch'a Munsop, Choson sidae kunje yon'gu [A study on Choson military institutions] (Seoul, 1973); Yukkun Sagwan Hakkyo Han'guk Kunsa Yon'gusil, ed., Han'guk kunjesa [A history of Korean military institutions], Vol.
(8.) See Yi, Won-kyu, Han'guk Kyohoe ui Hyonsil-kwa Chonmang (The Presence and Prospect of the Korean Church), Seoul, Songso Yongu Sa (Bible Study Press), 1994, pp.