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The Korean peninsula extends southward from the eastern end of the Asian continent. The lifting and
folding of Korea's granite and limestone base has created breathtaking landscapes of scenic hills
and valleys. The Korean peninsula is divided just slightly north of the 38th parallel. The democratic
Republic of Korea in the south and communist North Korea are separated by a demilitarized zone.

Korea, lying in the northeastern part of the Asian continent, is a country of a unique and h
omogeneous culture with a 5,000 year heritage. With its unique cultural and historical heritage,
the nation boasts a fascinating blend of the old and new. Numerous ancient temples and shrines,
royal palaces, sculptural images, fortresses, folk villages and museums can be found throughout the

The Republic of Korea achieved what is widely acclaimed as "the Economic Miracle on the Han River"
in the short period of three decades. Korea developed rapidly from the 1960s, fueled by high savings
and investment rates, and a strong emphasis on education. As a result, once a poor agriculture-oriented nation transformed itself into a fast industrializing country.
The nation became the 29th member country of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) in 1996.
Today, dynamic Korea pulsates with life and vitality, embracing both modernity and tradition.
Korea is striving to become a modern and advanced country while preserving thousands of years
of tradition. In the 21st century, Korea is committed to becoming the hub of Northeast Asia.

For more information, please visit the following websites. 
- Map of Korea in English site at http://emap.visitkorea.or.kr/Scripts/EngMap.aspx
- Visit Korea site at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto
- Korea Tourism Organization at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto


Busan popularly known as the Busan Metropolitan City is a principal international port city
as well as the second largest city in the Korean Peninsula with close to 4 million people.
Its deep harbor and gentle tides have allowed it to grow into the largest container
handling port in the country and the third largest in the world, with potential for further growth.

This bustling city is blessed with some of the most spectacular beaches in Korea.
Its unique geographical feature with steep hills and deep blue sea makes it one of the
most beautiful maritime cities in Asia.
Busan is the ultimate destination for all nature lovers and is recently renowned as an
exhibition and convention city. Following the successful hosting major international events
such as the ITU telecom Asia 2004, 2005 APEC Leader's Meeting, Busan was ranked top 8
convention city in Asia.

For more information, please visit the following websites.
- Busan subway map at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busan_Subway
- Busan tourism at http://etour.busan.go.kr/.

  [Haeundae Beach]
  [Gwangan Bridge]