For Romanians, South Korea is one of Asia’s best examples of ingenuity, perseverance and organization, a country with a fascinating millennial history who knew how to preserve its national specificity, even after its long Chinese and Japanese influence.
World War II transformed Korea into a poor country, predominantly rural, as Romania was until the first half of the 19th century. The North of the country entered the communist dictatorship and the South managed to maintain its independence. In only a few decades, South Korea became a world economic power with high standards of living and architectural monuments that impress the whole world. The extraordinary combination of millennial historic monuments, ultra-modern modern buildings and diverse natural landscapes make South Korea an annual tourist destination visited by millions of people. The distance between Romania and South Korea is approximately 8.000 km, the flight between the two friendly countries lasting 10 hours. Romanian citizens do not need a visa to enter South Korea if they travel for tourist purposes that do not exceed 90 calendar days. The “Quiet Morning Country” borders north with North Korea and is surrounded by the Japan Sea to the east, the Yellow Sea to the west, and the Strait of Korea separates it from Japan.
Also, South Korea (Republic of Korea) sovereign state of East Asia occupies the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital and largest city of the country is Seoul, a modern, cosmopolitan city with a strong economy, and is considered the second largest metropolis in the world. Tourists are fascinated by hundreds of years old Buddhist temples, traditional restaurants and old buildings, skyscrapers and huge ultra-modern buildings. The city seems to never sleep, with agitation both night and day. The most visited attraction in Seoul is the Deoksugung Palace, the old royal residence of the Korean royal family, along with the ancient Gyeongju and Buyeo capitals that hold old monuments and vestiges of the country’s past.
Almost everything in South Korea is centred around Seoul, stretched over the hills around the Han River, the capital of the country for over 600 years and with a population of over 10 million. The phenomenal economic development of the 1970s has turned the city into one of the world’s technological hubs, and many of the royal palaces are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.