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South Korea

The Republic of Korea occupies the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, acting on 1100 kilometers from the Asian mainland.

From the West the Peninsula is washed by the Yellow sea, the East Japan sea and to the South the Korea Strait and the East China sea. The total land area is 274 square kilometers 99. The landscape is mostly mountainous, plains occupy only 30 % of the territory. Off the coast of about 3000 Islands, mostly small and uninhabited. The largest island — Jeju.

Capital: Seoul

Population: 49 million

Language: Korean

Currency: South Korean won

Most of the country lies in the temperate zone, which clearly felt the seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short and warm, mostly Sunny days falls on the period from March to may. The summers are hot and humid, the temperature can reach +35°C. monsoon Season (“carma”) usually begins in late June and lasts until mid or end of July. August — hot and humid. Autumn in late September brings continental winds and clear, dry weather, making it the most pleasant time of the year. Winter is cold (down to -10°C) and dry, with periodic rainfall in the form of snow or rain.

The best time to visit is between late April to October.

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Japanese culture

The Purity in Japanese

The Japanese like cleanliness, and sterile cleanliness.

Morning for the owner of the store begins with washing the sidewalk in front of the entrance to his school.

Cleaners wipe down trash cans.

Razmerchik I dust with Parking lines and return them pristine white.

Employees of the airlines on his knees, manually, clean off sticky tape from carpets tiniest speck of dust.

Purity in Japanese

In every home, even the smallest, in front of the door there is a special place where remove street shoes and wear Slippers. “To enter the house, not razuvshis” – a euphemism unseemly incivility. Before exhibited special toilet Slippers that says “toilet”.

Tub Japanese

The Japanese are simply unable to comprehend how the Europeans can relax in the tub with dirty soapy water. First they lathered, wash away the dirty foam of the stream of the shower and then immersed in a scalding hot bath, which will “soak” to full satisfaction.

The love of purity due to a necessity. Most of the country is on the thirtieth and fortieth latitudes – that is, in climatic zone of California or Crete. So in the summer in Japan is very hot and humid.

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Architecture of North Korea

Typical traditional Korean architecture were two main styles: a Palace-temple which has been formed under the strong influence of Chinese canons, and folk — the building of houses for ordinary people, who had many local varieties. Ancient architects who built palaces and temples, borrowed a system of beams and supports the Chinese. For residential buildings of ordinary people were characterized by thatched roofs and under floor heating system, ondol. Rich people built large houses with elegantly curved tiled roofs ended at the end slightly raised eaves. Great value in architecture was given to the natural landscape. So, many Buddhist monasteries scattered throughout the country, usually built in the mountains, perfectly blending into the surrounding landscape. A place for building only then was considered appropriate, when opened from there the corresponding view of the “mountains and water”.

Architectural symbols of modern North Korea are the Mansudae Theatre, people’s Palace of studies, the Palace of congresses Mansudae, the Palace of pioneers and schoolchildren, the Museum of the Korean revolution and the 105-storey hotel «Rougon” in Pyongyang.

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