15 Fun Facts About The Koreas

The Korean Peninsula is in the news quite a bit nowadays with the leaders of North Korea and the United States not getting along well with each other. However, that doesn’t diminish the long history that’s worth learning about, no matter what part of the world you’re from. Don’t know much about the history of the Korean Peninsula? Look not further!

Here are 15 fun facts about the area:
  1. Humans began living in the Korean Peninsula for the last 10,000 years
  2. Europeans first reached the Korean Peninsula in the 1650s, and Korean ports banned them until the 19th century
  3. The Korean War began in 1950 and the fighting stopped in 1953, when North Korea and South Korea split into two separate countries
  4. The Korean War never officially ended
  5. Korea split into 3 countries in 108 B.C. and again in 901 A.D.
  6. Korea became unified in 660 A.D. and again in 936 A.D.
  7. North Korea is known for being one of the harshest dictatorships in the world
  8. South Korea is home to the highest plastic surgery rate in the world
  9. South Korea is home to the fastest internet speed, and between 92-96% of South Korean citizens have internet access
  10. The South Korean musician Psy – famously known for the song “Gangnam Style” – had the first song to reach 1 billion views on YouTube (“Gangnam Style” refers to the rich, lavish spending in the luxurious lifestyle of the Gangnam district in Seoul, South Korea)
  11. Kim Il Sung – the first leader of North Korea – had a philosophy of Juche, which caused widespread famine and economic issues since the country accepts little to no aid from other countries
  12. Three generations of the same family ruled over North Korea as harsh dictators
  13. The border between North Korea & South Korea is heavily militarized border, known officially as the Korean Demilitarized Zone
  14. Much of North Korea’s income comes from exporting natural resources
  15. North Korea’s citizens are heavily monitored to ensure that they comply with strict laws, and the media is made up of heavily edited propaganda pieces

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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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  1. So interesting! My daughter wants to go to Korea because I think there’s a hello kitty store there or something. Otherwise my boss went once and had a lovely time!

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