What's new in Korea Do you know who is the president of South Korea currently?

The most influencial person now in South Korea is the 10th President of Korea Myung-Bak Lee since 2008.

The first president of modern korean history starting in 1948, President Syng-Man Rhee

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Since Korean War on 1950, The Korean Peninsula is divided into two different governments. Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in ruled by communist party and it's leader. It's been called North Korea simply because it is north part of Korea

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Korean IT
In the 1980s Korea's basic telecommunications infrastructure grew faster than that of virtually any other country in the world. South Korea is one of the foremost running country in Information Technology industry. Source book: The telecommunications Revolution in Korea by James F. Larson.

Traditional Korean music : is originally based on Buddhist and native shamanistic dancing and drum, are extant, as is a melodic, dance music called sinawi. Traditional Korean music can be divided into at least five types: courtly, aristocratic, scholarly, folk and religious.

Korean folk music is varied and complex, but all forms maintain a set of rhythms (called Jangdan) and a loosely defined set of melodic modes. Pansori, Korean Traditional singing

The traditional Korean dress called Hanbok (한복)

Korean Custome

Custom-made of various materials and colors according to the age & occasion. Hanbok are mad of silk brocade or satin for winter and lighter silks for warmer seasons. The out fit is not complete without accessories. Traditional clothing is now usually reserved for special occasions such as weddings, New Year, or a 60th year birthday party. Nowadays, more people are wearing modified hanbok which are lose, comfortable and easy to take care.

Korean Education System

t was in the 1880s, with the opening of Korea to the out side world, that the first modern schools were established, many of them by Western Christian missionaries. However, the development of a modern education system was soon interrupted by Japan's colonial rule (1910-45) and the Korean War (1590-53). The educational system and opprtunities have expaned with remarkable speed since then.
Today Korea boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the world, and its well-educated people are regarded as the primary resource for the impressive national development achieved in recent years.

Koreans Generally attach reat importance to education This was true for many centuries when the state exampination was the main venue for recruiting goverment officals. Success in the exampination was the most honorable and surest road to success. In modern Korea, education is still considered to be of prime importance because it produces the manpower needed for economic and technological adnvacement.

Traditional learning which involves in learning HanJa (Chinese Words) still important in education in Korea since it's profound & core culture based on Chinese & Buddistic cultures. Vocational Education is another venue just like any other nations in the world.


South Korean Education

Korean society historically has prized learning and the well educated, yet education was not widely available to all until after the Korean War. As late as 1945, less than 20 percent of Koreans had received formal education of any kind. The modern education system is based on a 1968 charter that identifies education as an important aspect of citizenship and defines the government’s role in providing all Korean children with access to education. South Korea has compulsory education through the ninth grade, with 95 percent of school-age children attending high school. Approximately 25 percent of all high-school students attend one of 350 public and private postsecondary institutions, the most prestigious of which are Seoul National, Yonsei, Koryo, and Ewha universities. Many observers regard students as the “national conscience” of South Korea, especially given their important role in democratic reform movements since 1960. The literacy rate is 98 percent.

North Korean Education

Education in North Korea is free, compulsory, and universal for 11 years, from ages four to 15, in state-run schools. The national literacy rate for citizens 15 years of age and older is 99 percent. According to North Korean-supplied figures provided in 2000, there were 1.5 million children in 27,017 nursery schools, 748,416 children in 14,167 kindergartens, 1.6 million students in 4,886 four-year primary schools, and 2.1 million students in 4,772 six-year secondary schools. Nearly 1.9 million students attended more than 300 colleges and universities. Data on teachers are much older. In 1988 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported 35,000 pre-primary, 59,000 primary, 111,000 secondary, 23,000 college and university, and 4,000 other postsecondary teachers in North Korea.

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