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S: Rice Lake Middle School

FC: KOREA | by Keira

1: South Korea | *About 38,022 sq ft *A little bigger than Indiana *Is a peninsula that is surrounded by water on 3 sides *70% of SK is mountains *Plains,lowlands,and low hills, cover the western portion and about 30% of the land *Has 4 different seasons *Summers bring monsoons and typhoons *There are 4500 different species of plants *Industries include: clothes, textile, cars, computers, electronics *Maintains a large military due to threats from NK *All SK men between 20-30 must serve in Army from 24-28 months *Teach: Language, music, phy ed *Belief system is Shamanism *Christianity was introduced in 1784 *Also believe in Confucianism and Buddhism *They wear hanboks on special occasions *Learn the hanguel alphabet *Make a type of pottery called celadon, which usually ranges in color from blue to green *Celadon was at first originated in China but the Koreans made it their own *During the Korean War SK was sided with the U.S and UN

2: *160 native trees *Forests cover 2/3 of SK *Their president is Lee Myung-Bak *Eat kimchee and sticky rice at every meal *Kids go to school 5.5 days a week *Sports include Tae Kwon Do and wrestling *Smaller than NK *Take full advantage of their extensive coastal system *Bamboo is a symbol of of strength *It is also a symbol of long life and good health *Ginseng is grown in SK but not commercially *The ginseng is used for food, gum, and energy drinks *Flower in SK include azaleas, rhododendrons, lilies, and lotus blossoms *The Cheju Hanran Orchid and the Halla Songi are only found on Cheju Island *In 1987 SK achieved a true democracy *Have 3 branches of legislature *They are judicial, legislative, and executive *The president serves a 5 year term *6% of SK people are farmers *26% manufacture cement and steel | South Korea

3: North Korea | *Is about 46,609 sq. mi. *Is a little bit smaller than Mississippi *80% is covered by mountains *The other 20% is covered by plains, lowlands, and low hills *The climate is a lot like the climate in the upper Midwest of the U.S *Has very cold winters and hot humid summers * Has 4 different seasons *Forests are very scarce in NK * All forests in existence in NK are in the mountains *The country's flower is the magnolia *Other flowers include azaleas, rhododendrons, chrysanthemums, lilies, and lotus blossoms *The willow tree is very symbolic to the North Koreans *It symbolizes peace and beauty *The government determines what goes out and comes into the country *Learns the hanguel alphabet *Most of their electricity comes from coal burning plants *Has the largest magnesite deposit in the world *THe Soviet Union was sided with NK during the Korean War *NK is a very much a communist country *Is a demilitarized country

4: North Korea | *Government owns everything *30%work as farmers in NK *Fishing is small but very important *has most of the peninsula's mineral resources *30% make goods in factories *Population:23,858,295 *Capitol is Pyongyang *Nampo, Hamhung, and Chongjin are other important cities *Do not let outsiders into the country or any one out of the country *In 2000 they declared a nuclear weapon program *Education is very important to Koreans *Government also controls the religion *They do not celebrate any religious holidays *North Koreans have a very rich religious background *Their current dictator is Kim Jong Il * Kim Jong Il took over when his father, Kim Il Sung died *In 1955, NK established Juche, a policy where you can only use self reliance *In the 1990's there was a famine and 1,000,000 to 3,000,000 died *40% of children are now malnourished * This was ceased in 2007

5: Both | *More than 3,000 islands are south of the Korean Peninsula * The largest one however, is Cheju Island *DMZ which is 2.5 miles wide runs across the entire peninsula *Common Wildlife: deer, wolves, badgers, and water shrews *Unusual wildlife: Amor Goral, Korean lungless crevice salamander, and ponies *Over 400 species of birds: geese, ducks,swans,and herons *Animals in water; sharks, squids, octopus, fish, eels, trout, and shell fish *Currency is won *$1.00 = 917 won *The three kingdoms Period where NE, SW, and SE kingdoms fought *Summers bring monsoons and typhoons *Typhoons occur about twice a year *The Koreans have heated floors called ondals *People prefer to sleep and sit on their floors because they are so warm *Fishing is small but very important to both Koreas *They usually wear modern clothing *Many Koreans had relatives in the other Korea so they are now able to visit each other *Although they can visit, they are limited to how long you are there and what you can see *Before you could not talk to your relative for a very long time

6: Both | *All Kingdoms were powerful and had powerful kings *Silla took over the other 2 kingdoms and control over Korea *When they reunited they called themselves Koreo * Koreo is where the name Korea originated *The general then took over and called his people Choson *The general closed off all parts of Korea *Then Japan forced Korea to open parts to start trading * The Japanese attacked and gained control in 1910 *Japan was defeated in WWII and the Soviets NK and the U.S occupied SK. Soon both left. *In 1950 the leader of NK invaded SK *The Korean War lasted for 3 years *Ended with a cease ire but no peace treaty was signed *DMZ stands for demilitarized Military Zone *Over 2,000,000 soldiers guard the border *Some SK businesses have moved into NK *A railway connects the two countries but it is rarely used *SK can take a tour of NK *The DMZ is 155 miles long * There is a buffer zone in the DMZ *Both wear hanboks on special occasions

7: Questions | What kind of sports have they adopted or have? How much time do kids spend at school? What are their religions? What is the Korean background history? What are the traditional foods in Korea? Do they have a good government? Do they have a good economy? What is their culture? Why did they separate to North and South Korea? How hostile are they to each other? Where did the name Korea originate?

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