South Korea is the second leading consumer of Spam. Spam was introduced in Korea during WWII, and it was "godsend" for people in Korea and Japan who were starving as result of the war. Koreans view Spam as a delicacy and it is a popular gift item for the Lunar New Year.โ€ฆ
Tiger is the national animal of South Korea, despite being an extinct species in Korea.โ€ฆ
South Korea put a ban on Japanese cultural imports following WWII and wasn't lifted until 1998. But Nintendo found a way around the ban by partnering with Hyundai and rebranding several of their products including the classic NES, which was sold as 'Hyundai Comboy' in the country.โ€ฆ
Charles Robert Jenkins, a disgruntled US solider, who in 1965 drank 10 cans of beer before abandoning his post in the demilitarized zone dividing the peninsula of South & North Korea - a mistake which led to Jenkins living under the brutal Kim regime for ~40 YEARSโ€ฆ
During the South Korea Olympics in 1988, 2500 white pigeons were released into the air. Some of them flew into the cauldron, and it was subsequently lit, grilling them alive.โ€ฆ
Both South Korea and the Maldives once used the tune of Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" for their anthems. South Korea inherited it from Scottish missionaries. The poet behind the Maldives' anthem, for his part, chose the music after hearing it chiming out of an uncle's novelty clockโ€ฆ
The South Korea airspace closes temporarily at the annual South Korean CSAT day (the '21 test is today) from 13:05 to 14:20 when the English Section begins. It is for preventing loud noises from impairing the students' ability in the Listening Section.โ€ฆ
In South Korea February 14th is Valentine's day where women give men presents. March 14th is White Day where men give women presents. April 14th is Black Day where single people gather together, dress in black, and eat a bunch of food.โ€ฆ
Selling bottled water to south koreans in south korea was illegal until 1994 due to reasons that the act would incite discomfort beteween social classes. Even during the 1988 olympics , bottled water was only allowed for foreigners.โ€ฆ
More than half of the wild water deer population lives in South Korea. Despite the animal being an endangered species globally, you can legally hunt water deer in certain seasons in South Korea.โ€ฆ
President Park Chung Hee was responsible in large part for South Koreaโ€™s โ€œeconomic miracleโ€; the programs he initiated gave his country one of the fastest-growing economies in the world during his 18 year ruleโ€ฆ
Hagfish were being transported to South Korea where they are eaten as a delicacy, but instead covered the car and road in slime. Hagfish slime expands by 10,000 times in a fraction of a second. It is 100,000 times softer than Jell-O. Hagfish produce slime when attacked or stressed.โ€ฆ
In january of 2003 in south korea, a childrens song that praised bin laden circulated among korean school kids. The song was sung in the tune of a popular cartoon. 1750 students in 15 schools were punished singing the song. koreajoongangdaily.joins.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Sampo Generation of women who have eschewed relationships, marriage and children resulting in South Korea having the lowest fertility rate in the world.โ€ฆ
Kim Jong Il once kidnapped the biggest South Korean director and movie star (who were also ex-husband and wife) and brought them to North Korea to make movies for him. They escaped by convincing him to let them go abroad to promote the North Korean film industry.โ€ฆ
As of 2019, K-Pop megastars BTS are purportedly worth more than $4.65 billion to South Korea's economy each year, or 0.3% of the country's GDP. BTS attracted one in every 13 foreign tourists that visited South Korea in 2018.
Dr. Pepper is produced by Keurig in the US, Coca Cola in Europe and South Korea, and Pepsi Co. in Canada and Oceania.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Jรผrgen Hinzpeter, a German journalist who risked his life to document the 1980 Gwanju Uprising in South Korea with the help of a Korean taxi driver. He spent the remainder of his life unable to reconnect with the driver as he had given him a fake name.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the time a 59-year-old Louisiana man was captured by South Koreans after trying to cross the Civilian Control Line into North Korea. When questioned, he claimed he was going to "help resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula." All he packed for his heroic escapade was extra underwear.โ€ฆ
An animation studio in South Korea produced many famous American animated shows, including the first two seasons of The Simpsons exclusively, as well as parts of X-Men, Arthur, Animaniacs, Batman, and The Land Before Timeโ€ฆ
North Korea kidnapped a South Korean director and actor and forced them to make films for them. They eventually claimed asylum at the US embassy and moved to the US.โ€ฆ
Due to laws enacted following the decades-long Japanese occupation of Korea, It is illegal to broadcast Japanese music and television dramas over terrestrial signals in South Korea to this day.โ€ฆ
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea has become a unintentional nature preserve. Several rare and endangered species, including the Amur leopard and Siberian tiger have been spotted there.โ€ฆ
Between North and South Korea lies 155 miles of no manโ€™s land where hundreds of rare animals species thrive.โ€ฆ
Bacchus Ladies are elderly female prostitutes in South Korea. They traditionally sold 'Bacchus' drinks, but the term is now synonymous with elderly prostitution. Ladies (mainly in 60s and 70s) solicit men in public parks. Most earn around $168 to $252 a month.โ€ฆ
During a sailing competition in the 1988 South Korea Olympics, the Singapore teamโ€™s ship capsized and the two-man team was thrown overboard. They were rescued up by Lawrence Lemieux, who went off course to reach them. Lemieux finished 22nd, but was given 2nd place. He later received a medal.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the People's Republic of Korea (1945-1946), the short lived Socialist government of a unified Korea which, based on a network of people's committees, presented a program of radical social change. In the south, the US military government outlawed the PRK on December 12, 1945.โ€ฆ
In mid 18th century Gross National Income per capita (PPP) of countries that today make up third world (Asia, Africa, Latin America) was more than first world (Western Europe, Northern America, Japan, Singapore and South Korea)โ€ฆ
BTS, a seven-member South Korean boy band, brings in more than $3.6 billion to South Korea's economy each year, and were the reason one in every 13 foreign tourists visited the country in 2018.โ€ฆ
South Korea sells "mini studying rooms" for your home.โ€ฆ
In South Korea, in addition to the international age system, a traditional system known as "Korean age" is still widely used. In Korean age, people's age starts at 1 rather than 0 and gains one year at every New Year's Day.โ€ฆ
Every November in South Korea, there's a day where everyone makes silence to help students concentrate for their most important exam of their lives. Planes are grounded, constructions are paused, banks close and even military training ceases. This day is called Suneung.โ€ฆ
Valentineโ€™s Day in South Korea is a little different. Only women give gifts, not men. Women give men chocolates on Valentine's Day as a sign of love and affection.โ€ฆ
Korea was a unified country under the Choson dynasty from 1392 until 1910. In Chinese, the two Koreas are given distinct country names, with Chaoxian for the North, Hanguo for the Southโ€ฆ
The original Duck Tales Theme was kept and translated for almost every international version of the show. The only outlier was South Korea's season one theme.โ€ฆ
The world's largest retail store (by square footage) is Shinsegae Centum City Department Store in Busan, South Korea, with 3.163 million square feet.โ€ฆ
The company Samsung accounts for 15% of South Korea's entire economy, and that South Koreans often live in Samsung owned apartment buildings, can get treatment from Samsung-owned medical centers, go to Samsung universities, and even end up at a Samsung funeral parlor when they die.โ€ฆ
In South Korea, only visually impaired people can be licensed masseurs, dating back over 100 years to a Japanese colonial law that was set up to guarantee the blind a livelihood.โ€ฆ
There is a second Jewish territory in the world in addition to Israel: the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a small part of Russia in the far south-east near Japan/China/North Koreaโ€ฆ
In Taiwan and South Korea, unless there is an emergency, motorcycles are forbidden on the freeways.โ€ฆ
That, in 1969, (South) Korean Air Lines YS-11 was hijacked and made to fly to N. Korea. After 2 months, 39 of the 46 passengers were returned. The fate of the remaining 4 crew members and 7 passengers remains unknown.โ€ฆ
After over 70 years of separation, people in North and South Korea speak in increasingly different ways. South Koreans have incorporated many English words and phrases into their language, while isolated North Korea has eliminated words with foreign origins and created homegrown substitutes.โ€ฆ
Commercial boosting, the act of a low ranked player paying a highly ranked player to place their account in a high rank, is a criminal offense in South Korea. Punishments can be up to 2 years in prison or a fine up to 20 Million Won, or 18,000 USD.โ€ฆ
In 2014, Christians in South Korea put up a giant Christmas tree which was visible from the North Korean border. The North Koreans claimed it was a tool for psychological warfare and demanded it be taken down. The defence ministry claimed the was dismantled for safety concerns.โ€ฆ
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap's list of things to learn about varies based on the regional release. In Australia, it includes Steve Irwin, in South Korea, it has Dance Dance Revolution, etc.โ€ฆ
80 to 90 percent of high school graduates in Singapore are myopic. The same is true in China, Taiwan, Japan and South Koreaโ€” all places where kids now spend far more time hunched over a desk or computer than did previous generations. Half the world could need glasses by 2050โ€ฆ
In South Korea it is illegal to sell phones with unremovable software that is not critical to system operation or maintenance.โ€ฆ
One of North Korea's most popular films is a 62-part series set in Canada that depicts the country positively, with taekwondo everywhere in the country, albeit with South Korean spies roaming freely in the nationโ€ฆ
In 2002, the term for schizophrenia in Japan was changed from "mind-split disease" to "integration disorder" to reduce stigma. In three years, the percentage of people who were informed of the diagnosis of schizophrenia rose from 37 to 70%. A similar change was made in South Korea.โ€ฆ
South Korea has never postponed a general election, not even during the Korean Warโ€ฆ

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