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Korea's geography influences its history and culture.

Republic of Korea
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Korea is a rugged peninsula lying between China on the west and north and Japan to the east. The whole Korean peninsula is about 85,500 square miles, about the size of Utah. South Korea is only 99,000 square miles -- roughly similar to Oregon -- and its population is close to 50 million (Compared to Oergon's 3 million). Mountains and hills make up about 70 percent of the country.

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Sunset on Cheju Island
Sunset on Cheju Island

Farming and Fishing:

Until modern times, Koreans lived in small farming communities that were mainly concentrated in the few good arable parts of the peninsula. Although Located at the same latitude as both St. Louis and San Francisco, mountains and frigid arctic winds from the north give Korea cold winters. Preserved and pickled foods, prepared In Anticipation of the cold winters, are characteristics of Korean cooking.

Cold weather and farm work make for hearty food. Unlike neighboring Japan or China, a Korean breakfast, for instance, might be a big bowl of Tripe Soup or Beef Rib Soup with lots of rice. Its Peninsular Location gives Koreans three different seas from which to gather fish- the Yellow Sea, the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan), and the unique micro environment where the two seas come together at the south end of the peninsula. Seafood is a feature of Korean life and no table is ever without a bowl of tiny dried and salted fish, even for breakfast.

For more information on Geography:

http://www.joins.com/kwin/index.html
www.Korea.insights.co.kr