Annyeonghashipnikka - Hello in Korean
Annyeonghashipnikka is a common greeting in Korean. We present to you some interesting information about Korea.
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Korean is an East Asian language spoken by about 77 million people, mainly Korean, as of 2010. It is the official and national language of both North Korea and South Korea.
Here we will disclose some cool facts about the Korean language and Korea especially South Korea:
Most linguists classify Korean as a language isolate as it doesn’t share the same language family with other Asian languages like Japanese or Mandarin. It might have one living relative: the Jeju language, spoken in South Korea’s Jeju province. Jeju is sometimes considered a dialect. However, it is quite distinct and not mutually intelligible with the Koreans of the mainland.
The Korean language uses special nouns and verb endings to indicate formality. If your business has Korean audiences, you need a skilled translator for Korean translation.
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Currently, people started recognizing South Korea mostly due to K-Pop especially BTS, Black Pink; K-Drama, Korean Cinema, K-beauty but the international popularity starts with “Gagnam Style,” the song by the musician Psy, that was the first song to hit one billion views on YouTube. You may not know that the song is about the Gangnam District, an affluent district in Seoul, South Korea.
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Seoul is a vibrant and exciting city, one that deftly combines ancient history with ultra-modern design and technology and got a lot of tourist attractions. You can visit Seoul Tower or the world’s 5th tallest building, the Lotte World Tower skyscraper, for a dramatic 360-degree city view; For a taste of Korean traditional culture and architecture, head over to the Bukchon Hanok Village: Seoul Museum of Art is excellent for the art-enthusiasts; Dongdaemun Design Plaza is perfect for shopaholics, or you can visit Cheonggyecheon, a natural creek that flows through central Seoul was covered over by highways, there you can also do hiking, walking and biking trails in the creek-side.
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South Korea is a popular destination for medical tourism, specifically cosmetic surgery. People come from all across the globe to have their looks enhanced during a short trip to South Korea.
South Korea has a strong drinking culture compared to its neighboring countries in Asia. This can be rooted in their tradition and culture, where most holidays are celebrated with alcohol.
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Korean food is delicious, full of flavor, and a little bit spicy. There are hundreds of different types of kimchi, one of the popular dishes of Korea. The most popular sauce in Korea is gochujang, a red pepper paste that can be used with soups, most meats, vegetables, and rice dishes, like bibimbap. Korean desserts generally are fresh-cut fruit, teas, cookies, or rice cakes but Koreans love Belgian waffles with ice cream, so they made a traditional variation of waffles, bungeoppang, a fish-shaped pastry filled with red bean paste. Koreans also believe food is medicine — if you eat well, your mind and body will both benefit, thus, medicinal herbs, such as ginseng, reishi, and wolfberry are often used in their cooking.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about South Korea, let us all know!
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