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Drifting House

By Krys Lee

Drifting House
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2012,
    224 pages.
    Paperback: Dec 2012,
    224 pages.

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Seoul, South Korea

map of Seoul, South KoreaLocated on the southern half of the Korean peninsula between the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan, South Korea (or, officially, The Republic of Korea) is a democratic country approximately the size of Indiana. It was created in 1948, after the second World War, following a lengthy period of annexation and occupation by the Japanese. South Korea's capital, Seoul, is believed to have been originally established as Wiryeseong by the Baekje (18 BCE - 660 CE), one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, though it has held other names. The city is now a global metropolis and major financial center consisting of twenty-five gu (districts with their own governments that are divided into neighborhoods).

Gyeongbok PalaceSeoul's population of 10.5 million (like the country as a whole) has one of the world's most homogenous populations: 97% of residents are Korean and two-thirds of the remaining 3% are citizens of China who are ethnically Korean! The main language is Korean, which includes many Chinese characters and ...

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