Aegukga is the national anthem of South Korea. The title literally means "The Song of Love for the Country," or "The Patriotic Song." ...more on Wikipedia about "Aegukga"
Chin2 (named after the original filename chin2.mpeg) is a humorous video that became a popular Internet phenomenon. The video features two shirtless Korean youths who dance and lip-sync along with a sped-up version of the Korean language song "Jung Hwa Ban Jeom" (중화반점 "Chinese Restaurant") by the Korean artist Louis. ...more on Wikipedia about "Chin2"
The Coat of arms of South Korea consists in the Yin Yang symbol present on the national flag surrounded by five stylized petals and a ribbon bearing the inscription "The Republic of Korea" (Daehan Minguk), the official name of the country, in Hangul characters. ...more on Wikipedia about "Coat of Arms of South Korea"
Since Korea's division into two separate states, South Korea has developed a distinct contemporary culture with some different characteristics than the traditional culture of Korea. ...more on Wikipedia about "Contemporary culture of South Korea"
"Dog Poop Girl" is the English-translated name given by South Korean bloggers to a woman who refused to clean up when her dog defecated on the floor of a subway car. ...more on Wikipedia about "Dog poop girl"
ETPFEST (all in one word; short for "Eerie Taiji People Festival") is to Korea what mega-shows such as Lollapalooza are to the United States. ...more on Wikipedia about "ETPFEST"
Fan death is an urban legend that was originally primarily confined to South Korea, but has spread to other countries in the Far East. The legend states that an electric fan, if left running overnight in a closed room, can result in the death (by suffocation, poisoning, or hypothermia) of those inside. This belief also extends to air conditioners and the fans in cars. When the air conditioner or fan is on in a car, some people are apt to leave their car windows open a crack to avoid "fan death". ...more on Wikipedia about "Fan death" www.shortopedia.com, the smart choice.
The flag of South Korea is white with a red (top) and blue Yin Yang symbol in the center; there is a different black trigram from the ancient I Ching (Book of Changes, called "Ju Yeok" in Korean) in each corner of the white field. In Korean, the flag is called the Taegeukgi. It was designed in 1882 during the reign of King Gojong by Bak Yeong-hyo, the Korean ambassador to Japan. Gojong proclaimed the Taegeukgi to be the official flag of Korea on 6 March 1883. ...more on Wikipedia about "Flag of South Korea"
Hibiscus syriacus, the common garden Hibiscus, is also confusingly called Rose of Sharon in some areas, a name originally applied to other plants. It is a flowering shrub in the plant family Malvaceae native to much of Asia. It is vase-shaped, reaching 2-4 m in height. It is also known as "Rose of Althea" and is widely planted in areas with hot summers for its very attractive white, pink, red, lavender, or purple edible flowers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hibiscus syriacus"
The Ho-Am Prize is a Korean annual award awarded to "those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of science and culture and enhancement of the welfare of mankind," often referred to as the Korean equivalent of the Nobel Prize. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ho-Am Prize"
K-pop is an abbreviation for Korean popular music, specifically South Korean (there is practically no popular music industry in North Korea). ...more on Wikipedia about "K-pop"
The Korean Wave refers to the popularity of South Korean popular culture in other Asian countries; it has been likened to the British Invasion. The term was coined in China in 2001. The Korean wave began with the exporting of Korean TV dramas such as Winter Sonata across East and Southeast Asia; when the dramas became popular there was a spillover effect on Korean movies and popular music. The South Korean government has taken an active role by subsidizing broadcasts of Korean dramas in Asian countries, and the Wave is a source of pride for the Korean people. ** ...more on Wikipedia about "Korean wave"
Main article: Korean music ...more on Wikipedia about "Music of South Korea"
Public holidays in South Korea ...more on Wikipedia about "Public holidays in South Korea"
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The Unification Flag is used to represent all of Korea when North and South Korea participate together in sporting events. The flag was first used in 1991 when the two countries competed as a single team in the 41st World Table Tennis Championship in Chiba, Japan and the 6th World Youth Soccer Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. The two countries' teams marched together under the flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, but both countries competed separately in sporting events. ...more on Wikipedia about "Unification Flag"
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