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  Welcome to the Korean Cultural Service
Korea is situated on the Korean Peninsula, which spans 1,100 kilometers north to south.
The Korean Peninsula lies on the northeastern section of the Asian continent, where Korean waters are joined by the western-most parts of the Pacific.
Surrounding the peninsula on three sides, the ocean has played an integral role in the life of the Koreans since ancient times, contributing to the early development of shipbuilding and navigational skills.
www.koreanculture.org /06about_korea/geography_people.htm   (732 words)

  
  Korean Peninsula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Korean Peninsula is a peninsula in East Asia.
The northern boundaries for the Korean Peninsula is commonly (and tacitly) taken to coincide with today's political borders between North Korea and her northern neighbours, China (1,416 km) and Russia (19 km).
The peninsula has 8,460 kilometres of coastline, and the south and west coasts are highly irregular in particular; most of the 3,579 islands off the peninsula are found along the south and the west coasts.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Korean_Peninsula   (720 words)

  
 Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Korea (한국, Hanguk, or 조선, Choson) is a civilization and geographical area situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia, bordering China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast, with Japan situated to the southeast across the Korea Strait.
The southern and southwestern coastline of the Korean Peninsula is a well-developed Lias coastline.
The Korean Peninsula is populated almost exclusively by ethnic Koreans, although a significant minority of ethnic Chinese (about 20,000 [1]) exists in South Korea, and small communities of ethnic Chinese and Japanese are said to exist in North Korea ([2]).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Korea   (3359 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Korea Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In Korean, Korea is referred to as "Hanguk" (한국; 韓國) in the south and "Chosŏn;" (조선; 朝鮮) in the north.
The first Korean leader who gathered people and made a nation, part of it in Korean peninsula and the other part in Manchuria, is said to be a man named 'Dan-gun wang-geom'.
In the Korean peninsula, the kingdom of Goryeo was founded in 918 and replaced Silla as the dominant power in Korea in the years 935-936.
www.ipedia.com /korea.html   (1857 words)

  
 Korean
Korean is the language of the Korean Peninsula in northeast Asia.There are many theories about the origin of the Korean Language.
Many small Korean tribal states were established in Manchuria and the Korean peninsula between the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD.
Korean is considered to be a Category III language in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/march/Korean.html   (1325 words)

  
 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Central Korean deciduous forests (PA0413)
The fauna of the lowland regions of the Korean Peninsula is closely related to that of southern Manchuria, central China, and Japan.
Korean ginseng Panax ginseng was once common in the understory of conifer forests throughout the northern part of the Korean Peninsula and Manchuria, and perhaps in the hilly parts of this ecoregion as well.
Thus the remaining Central Korean Deciduous Forest is mostly confined to the mountains and hills that cover an extensive area of the Korean Peninsula.
www.worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/pa/pa0413_full.html   (1051 words)

  
 Korean mythology
To understand more about the character and scope of Korean mythology and folklore, it is necessary to have at least a brief background in the history and geography of the country.
King Sejong's invention of Hangul, the Korean alphabet, in the fifteenth century is an example of the independent spirit of the Korean people.
The earliest political entities on the Korean peninsula were walled city-states that arose during the Bronze Age, not unlike the city-states of Greece.
www.pantheon.org /articles/k/korean_mythology.html   (2718 words)

  
 Ovierview of the Korean War - Korean War Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The North Koreans, however, seem to have taken encouragement from the U.S. policy which left Korea outside the U.S. "defense line" in Asia and from relatively public discussions of the economies placed on U.S. armed forces.
The South Koreans withdrew in disorder, those troops driven out of Seoul forced to abandon most of their equipment because the bridges over the Han River at the south edge of the city were prematurely demolished.
The Chinese XIII Army Group meanwhile appeared to be massing in the west for a push on Seoul, and twelve reconstituted North Korean divisions seemed to be concentrating for an attack in the central region.
www.koreanwar.org /html/overview_of_the_war.html   (9342 words)

  
 Nov. 17 Statement by 2003 U.S. Ecumenical Delegation to Korean Peninsula
Korean Peninsula, November 17, 2003 -- A seven-member delegation of ecumenical leaders from the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) and Church World Service (CWS) who have been meeting with religious and government officials in North and South Korea on the crisis there have issued a call for:
Member denominations of NCC and CWS to encourage their congregations 1) to contemplate how the Gospel's call to be peacemakers applies to their understanding of the Korean situation, 2) be advocates for the peaceful reunification of Korea especially with members of Congress and 3) urge the President to continue with negotiations with North Korea.
The ecumenical community to continue to nurture their ties with the Christian community on the Korean peninsula and to renew its cooperation in common advocacy, information sharing and regular visits, particularly to the isolated Christian family in North Korea.
www.ncccusa.org /news/03nov17koreanstatement.html   (424 words)

  
 Overview of the Korean Language to Help You Learn Korean
Korean is spoken by more than 72 million people living on the Korean peninsula.
Outside of the Korean peninsula, there are about two million people in China who speak Korean as their first language, another two million in the United States, 700,000 in Japan, and 500,000 in the Russian regions of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Korean has many forms of address and reference terms that are sensitive to degrees of social stratification and to the relationship between the speaker and the person being spoken to or spoken about.
www.transparent.com /languagepages/korean/overview.htm   (786 words)

  
 history
It encompassed the predominance of the Korean Peninsula - extending from the Chinese border southward.
The Mongols from China began to invade the Northern outreaches of the Korean Peninsula in 1231.
Korean independence came in 1945, at the end of World War II, when the United States and Allied forces drove the Japanese government from its control over the Korean Peninsula.
www.scottshaw.com /history   (11863 words)

  
 Korean War. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
In 1948 rival governments were established: The Republic of Korea was proclaimed in the South and the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea in the North.
On Oct. 19, the North Korean capital of Pyongyang was captured; by Nov. 24, North Korean forces were driven by the 8th Army, under Gen. Walton Walker, and the X Corp, under Gen. Edward Almond, almost to the Yalu River, which marked the border of Communist China.
After months of heavy fighting, the center of the conflict was returned to the 38th parallel, where it remained for the rest of the war.
www.bartleby.com /65/ko/KoreanWa.html   (622 words)

  
 2000 Report to Congress on the Military Situation on the Korean Peninsula
The Korean Armistice Agreement, which is purely military in character, pertains solely to the belligerents in the Korean conflict.
The Korean Peninsula is still a volatile arena in which two antithetical systems – one democratic and capitalist, the other totalitarian and communist – confront one another.
The peninsula is viewed as an accurate barometer of the security environment in Northeast Asia, and it remains the most destabilizing factor and largest source of regional tension.
www.defenselink.mil /news/Sep2000/korea09122000.html   (8880 words)

  
 Korean Women’s Voice for Peace on the Korean Peninsula Statement by Women Making Peace, February 14, 2005
Korean women, who have been hoping to see Korea become a land of peace, without war and weapons, and who have long worked for the peaceful reunification of Korea, are very concerned about the declaration that North Korea has nuclear weapons.
We should also pay attention to the parts of the DPRK statement that affirm the principles of dialogue and negotiation as the way to solve the issue, and that clarify the ultimate goal to be denucleariz ation of the Korean peninsula.
From the long-term view of peace building and reunification of the Korean peninsula, the South needs to fulfill its duty of comprehensive and substantive economic assistance to the North, and to create the circumstances that will assure the security of North Korea.
www.wagingpeace.org /articles/2005/02/14_women-making-peace_korean-womens-voice.htm   (748 words)

  
 NAPSNet Forum #7 -- Challenges to Peace on the Korean Peninsula
The dilemma of the Korean peninsula is that survival of a viable state in the north appears to be the minimum requirement of keeping peace and stability because 1) its collapse will set off new unknown crises, but 2) a divided peninsula remains intolerable to most Koreans.
The South Korean position is that whether or not they are party to the MAA has no direct bearing on the question of whether they are competent to be the party to an arrangement for securing peace on the Korean Peninsula.
In the case of the Korean Armistice Agreement, it was signed by the commanding general of the UN Command [UNC] (which included South Korean forces under its command) representing the United Nations on the one side and the commanders of the Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteers on the other.
www.nautilus.org /fora/security/7a_Bedeski.html   (11573 words)

  
 KOREA AND THE KOREAN PEOPLE
Korea is a peninsula bordering on Manchuria and Rusia to the north, facing China to the West across the Yellow Sea and Japan to the east and south across the Sea of Japan and the Korea Straits.
Interestingly, the Korean language belongs to the Ural-Altaic group and is related to such agglutinative tongues as Mongolian, Turkish, Hungarian and Finnish The Korean race is homogenous, with a unique culture and civilization, and traits quite distinct from both the Chinese and the Japanese
According to ancient legend, the Korean people are the descendants of an bear-like god who descended from heaven in the northern part of the Korean peninsula This god transformed an earthly bear into a woman and married her.
www.indiana.edu /~easc/resources/korea_slides/korea_and_korean_people/1-1.htm   (509 words)

  
 Veteran revisits Korean peninsula
That's how many veterans of the 1950-53 conflict refer to the Korean War, bitter that their military action to halt Communist aggression on the Korean peninsula has been underplayed in American history.
Korean War veterans are still trying to establish a national museum and library in Springfield, Ill., and the push is on at a state level, Wyoming included, for memorials and monuments.
The vast Korean War Memorial and Museum, the national memorial cemetery and the monuments and public sculpture proudly salute the sacrifice of American and United Nations forces.
www.casperstartribune.net /articles/2006/10/09/news/wyoming/8ff71de0d394c2de8725720100210781.txt   (786 words)

  
 On the Korean peninsula, separation pains endure - The Boston Globe
More than half a century after the Korean peninsula was severed in two, the pain of being a divided nation gnaws at millions of people on both sides of the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea.
Today, more than 10 million Korean families still live divided by an offshoot of the Cold War, and life for them is a series of missed family connections.
The pain of separation is constant in Dandong, an ethnically Korean border town on the Chinese side of the Yalu River that divides China from North Korea.
www.boston.com /news/world/asia/articles/2005/11/06/on_the_korean_peninsula_separation_pains_endure   (773 words)

  
 Welcome to the Korean Cultural Service
The Joseon Dynasty produced Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, which was invented in 1443, during the reign of King Sejong.
In 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies and withdrew from the Korean Peninsula.
The Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950 and fighting ended when an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953.
www.koreanculture.org /06about_korea/history.htm   (478 words)

  
 Korea-Us Aquaculture
Korea is geographically located in a thermal zone with four distinct seasons, thus it abounds in diverse marine organisms surrounding the peninsula.
Crustacean culture in Korean peninsula is primarily of penaeid shrimps and crabs.
Abalones are one of the most common species cultured widely along the all coasts of Korean peninsula.
www.lib.noaa.gov /korea/korean_aquaculture/history.htm   (1070 words)

  
 DMZ War   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The Koreans raised the possibility of withdrawing their troops from Vietnam unless the United States took firm measures to counter North Korean infiltration and subversion.
The reaction of the South Korean population to the propaganda efforts was not what the communists had expected Villagers throughout the country joined home guard militia units to defend their communities.
The battles long the Korean DMZ are for the most part forgotten except by the families of the dead.
www.koreanwar.org /html/dmz_war.html   (4370 words)

  
 POSCO Fellowships: Korean Peninsula
The Korean peninsula has long been one of the world's hot spots.
With the perception of a significantly reduced threat from the north, public opinion in South Korea favors inter-Korean reconciliation, an approach alien to Washington's view of North Korea's programs for weapons of mass destruction as more dangerous after the September 11 terrorist attack.
Whatever the future uncertainties, the present developments present an opportunity for forging a new security framework on the peninsula and enhancing peace and stability in Northeast Asia by engaging North Korea in a serious dialogue aimed at reducing the military threat that Pyongyang poses for its neighbors.
www.eastwestcenter.org /stored/misc/peninsula.htm   (397 words)

  
 Foreign Policy In Focus | Sanctions and War on the Korean Peninsula   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The risk of war on the Korean peninsula remains high, and the U.S. government is raising it higher by opening an economic front.
And, perhaps most critically, because of the increased risk of war in and around the Korean peninsula, the sanctions are not only a blunt instrument but possibly a very dangerous one as well.
While North Korea’s human rights record is deplorable, a war on the Korean peninsula, which would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Koreans in the first months of conflict, would be a human rights disaster of much greater magnitude.
fpif.org /fpiftxt/3913   (2825 words)

  
 zKorean - Korean History Part I
A look back at the 5,000 years of Korean history reveals triumphs and tragedies, successes and struggles -- all of which have been instrumental in shaping the Korea and Koreans of today.
It is unclear as to exactly when human habitation began on the Korean Peninsula, but the Korean foundation myth dates back to 2333 B.C. when Tan-gun, a mythical half-divine, half-human being, supposedly founded the nation from which all Koreans are descended, providing Koreans with a sense of identity as one people.
5000-1000 B.C.) that the nomadic tribes from the continent who were the racial and ethnic ancestors of the modern Korean people came to the Peninsula, although these original tribes intermingled with or were assimilated by other nomadic tribes who were to arrive from the continent later, particularly during the Bronze Age (c.
www.zkorean.com /history.shtml   (244 words)

  
 Korean Peninsula C4I challenges
Almost 50 years after the end of the Korean War, Korea remains one of the world’s flash points — a place where the flames of the Cold War have yet to be fully extinguished.
Effective C4I systems are urgently needed within theater to monitor North Korean movements during the current armistice environment and to command the martial activities of Korean, U.S. and allied forces should hostilities resume on the Korean Peninsula.
Suffice it to say, robust C4I in the Korean Theater is the difference between operational success or failure; life or death; and continued armistice or a resumption of the Korean War.
www.gordon.army.mil /AC/fall01/koreac4i.htm   (2006 words)

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