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Paper Topic:

Korea

Korea

I . Introduction

Korea is divided country of eastern Asia . It occupies a peninsula about 450 miles (725 km ) in length , between the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea . China and a tip of the Soviet Union b Korea on the north . The nearest Japanese islands are about 30 miles (48 km ) away , in the Korea Strait

Since 1945 , Korea has been divided into two political units - the Democratic people 's Republic of Korea (North Korea ) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea . They are separated by a demilitarized zone

, about 2 ? miles (4km ) in width , along the armistice line established in 1953 at the close of the Korean War

The miles (20 , 538 km2 ) and South Korea 38 ,025 square miles (98 , 484 km2

This intents to (1 ) know the physical geography of Korea (2 understand the culture and customs of the country (3 ) be acquainted on how basic human needs are met (types of careers , vocations , jobs average yearly (4 ) be aware of their language , religion , education and types of food in their diets (5 ) know about their television newss , and other media and (6 ) know its cultural differences related to the expected roles of men women

II . Background

A . Physical Geography

In terms of land , the Korean Peninsula has rugged , mountainous terrain with barely one-fifth of its surface in lowlands or plains . Few of the mountains are high compared to those of some other Asian countries , but they are so extensive that there are few places in Korea where mountains cannot be seen

Rivers are generally short , winding , and fast-flowing . A few streams drain northward into the Yalu or Tumen rivers . Among the larger rivers are the Taedong , the Han , and the Kum

With some exceptions , the climate resembles that of the eastern seaboard of the United States from Maine to the Carolinas . There are sharp contrasts between the seasons , with cold winters and warm , humid summers . The climate is strongly affected by seasonal monsoons . In winter , cold dry air flows out of Siberia , dropping average temperatures over most of the peninsula (McCann , 2000

III . Discussion

A . Culture , Customs and Holidays of Korea

Distinct styles of living have emerged over the centuries and in much of Korea remain unchanged . The typical house in rural Korea is a two- to four- room structure with walls of clay or pounded earth and a thatched roof . Windows are small and may be of semi-transparent rather than glass . There is a crude outhouse but no bathing facilities . Water is obtained from a well often a village well . Most rural dwellings do not have electricity . Houses of the urban middle class and of well-to-do Koreans have walls of stucco , often with red and blue painted designs and perhaps a stone or cement foundation . Windows are of glass sometimes set in fancy wooden frames , and roofs are tiled . Toilet facilities may be inside , but Western-style plumbing is rare . There may be a running outlet in the courtyard , but seldom inside...

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