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Holidays and traditions of South Korea

January 1 (day off) – New year.

March 1 (day-off) – Samil day, Day of the independence movement.

5 April (day off) – Day of the tree dedicated to the restoration of forests in the country.

1 may – labour day.

May 8 – parents Day.

May 5 (day-off) – children’s Day.

June 6 (day off) – Day of memory of victims for the native land.

17 July (day-off) – Constitution Day in honour of the proclamation of the first Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948

August 15 (day off) – the Day of liberation, celebrated in honor of the completion of the Japanese occupation in 1945.

3 October (closing day) – national Foundation Day, celebrated on mount Manisan in Gangwon-do.

October 9 – Hangeul Day (Korean alphabet).

December 25 (day off) – Christmas.

Korea lives by the Gregorian calendar, but the traditional festivals are celebrated according to lunar.

In mid-January – the feast of the snow on mount Halla (Jeju-do). The end of January – beginning of February – feast of Salt (non-working day) is a celebration of the New year according to the lunar calendar. It is one of two major holidays in Korea, celebrated on the first day of the first lunar month. Koreans visit their “Cohen”, all gather with their families, young people ceremoniously congratulates Continue reading

FROM KOREA WITH LOVE

Many of those who visited the neighbouring us, Primorye, South Korea, on a private experience I know that health care in this country is amazing compared to familiar native language, cultural level, attention, care, not to mention the most modern methods of treatment.

Unlike the oligarchs, who could afford any luxury of the world clinic, ordinary Russians are treated in Korea is not worse, but at very affordable prices. Korea now occupies an active position in the global market of medical tourism. And in the vanguard of this process is the international medical center “Chanson” located in a resort area on the shore of a picturesque lake, a 30-minute drive from Seoul.

No wonder it is called international because specializes in treating foreign patients, the total number reaches 30 percent. This is the largest number of hospitals in Korea, for which the centre received a national award. Besides, the indisputable advantages of the center are the latest medical equipment, a combination of Western and Eastern methods of medicine, which gives particularly good results and a well developed network of partners in Korea and abroad. The center is popular among foreigners because there are a number of free services. This visa support and mediation, translation of medical documents, the calculation Continue reading

Useful information about South Korea for travelers

Territory: the Republic of Kazakhstan is located in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, extending in length from North to South about 1000 km, the Republic of Korea in the North it borders with the DPRK and from three sides washed by the sea. The area of the Republic of Kazakhstan — 99.6 thousand square kilometers or 45% of the whole territory of Korea.

The population is about 48 million people. The population density is among the highest in the world (about 470 people per 1 square km). RK is a mono-ethnic country.

Religion: Believers about 50% of them are Buddhists 46%, Protestant and 39% Catholic — 13%. The number of followers of other faiths is not great. A distinctive feature of South Korean society is toleration.

Climate: monsoon. The summers are hot and humid, the air temperature reaches +30° C. Winter is dry and cold, the temperature falls to -15° C. In April–may and September the weather is most comfortable from the point of view of traveling in Korea is warm and dry.

Time: ahead of Moscow in the summer for 5 hours in winter — 6.

Holidays and nonworking days: New year’s day (1 January), New year according to the lunar calendar Continue reading

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