About South Korea
The Korean Peninsula juts out into three seas: the Yellow Sea to the west facing China, the East China Sea to the south, and the Sea of Japan to the east facing Japan. The peninsula itself is divided into North Korea and South Korea. With four seasons, the country has something to unique to offer throughout the year.
The dynamic economic growth of South Korea in the past few decades makes many of its manufacturing and electronics giants global household names famous for cars, mobile phones, appliances, PCs, and more. Its leading corporations include Samsung, Hyundai, LG Electronic and many more.
The success of its hard working people sector has transformed the country into a dynamic nation with high quality infrastructure, state of the art inter-connectivity, thriving entertainment industry, restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines from around the world, and endless events from sightseeing to night markets to outdoor activities.
Anchored by its capital city, Seoul, with a population of more than 10 million people, is a city that never sleeps. Exploring the city is easy by using its fast and affordable metro system. The city boasts five Joseon Dynasty Palaces. The top tourist attraction and largest of the five palaces is Gyeongbokgung Palace is a majestic building that houses the National Folk Museum and the National Museum of Korea. It is an excellent place to start your exploration of Seoul and learn about the country’s rich, long history as well as its culture and traditions.
Ready to combine shopping, food, and culture? Head to Myeongdong shopping district and pick up a map at the Tourist Information Office to help navigate your way through the street and shops with everything from affordable souvenirs to Korean ceramics to Asian antiques. Shopping for clothes ranges from inexpensive T shirts to couture fashions from Korea’s top designers as well as internationally known brand names.
Want to take a short break from the city? Go hiking in Bukhansan National Park located a metro ride away north of the city. Stretch your legs and admire the view from the top of the mountain. Walking paths as well as hiking trails offer opportunities to relax in nature. Bukhansanseong Fortress is located in the park and worth a visit. If you want to explore nature closer to Seoul, on a clear day go to Namsan Park and head to the top of the N Seoul Namsan Tower. The tower is 1,574 feet (480 meters) high and offers a spectacular view of the city.
Busan is South Korea’s second city and an easy day trip from Seoul. Slip away to the city by the sea to enjoy its numerous attractions such as the Gamcheon Culture Village. This brightly painted and decorated village provides a walk through the city while you sample history, culture, food, shopping and the beautiful mountains along the sea.
Jeju Island is a popular holiday destination for Koreans, Japanese, and other visitors to South Korea. Explore the mountains, beaches, caves and natural beauty of the island or enjoy the fresh seafood, shops filled with Korean art, and other lovely objects and clothing to make the perfect souvenirs for your visit to South Korea.
Healthcare in South Korea
South Korea has a technologically sophisticated, innovative health care system with some of the world’s best trained doctors, providing superior clinical care at reasonable prices.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare operates South Korea’s national healthcare system providing high quality services to almost 100 percent of the population whose life expectancy is almost 90 years! Hospitals are nationally accredited yet more than thirty hospitals serving medical travelers have achieved international accreditation. Many of the doctors at the major hospitals and private clinics are US trained. The quality of medical education in Korea is excellent and Korean-trained physicians are well respected internationally.
The Korean healthcare services system is a blend of state-of-the art Western medicine and traditional Korean and other Asian treatments. The healthcare system provides comprehensive services from preventive programs to complex medical care, from complementary medicine to wellness services. The technological efficiency of the system controls costs while offering state-of-the-art technology. No wait times promise quick access to quality care.
Of course, Korea is famous for its high quality cosmetic surgery, popularized by the K-Pop craze. Korean plastic surgeons deliver more procedures per year than any other country. Women and men from Japan, China, European countries and other nations flock to the country for reshaping and rejuvenation at the hands of talented surgeons.
Offering Western clinical care at an international standard mixed with Korean complimentary medicine as well as an extensive array of cosmetic procedures, Korea’s competitive prices attractive medical travelers from around the world. Contact us for more information about the services on offer from Korean healthcare providers.
South Korea snapshot
|Languages||Korean; English is widely spoken by healthcare professionals|
|Form of Government||Democratic republic with an elected president|
|Country Dialing Code||+82|
|Global Peace Index 2016||High|