South Korea

Shares history with Korean Peninsula; was part of Chosŏn kingdom, first founded in 12th century BCE; dominated by China from 3rd century BCE; Buddhism arrived 4th century; invaded by Mongols 13th century, by Japanese 16th century; divided from North Korea after WW II; official language is Korean (an Altaic language with Chinese loanwords), though English and Chinese are also spoken.

Quick Facts on South Korea

Go Historic ID
36756
Names
South Korea
Location
Population
51,715,162 (#28 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Korean, English (widely taught in school)
Ethnic Groups
homogeneous Korean
Religions
Protestant 19.7%, Buddhist 15.5%, Catholic 7.9%, none 56.9% note: many people also carry on at least some Confucian traditions and practices (2015 est.)