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Where is South Korea?

map showing the location of South Korea

Located in the continent of Asia, South Korea covers 96,920 square kilometers of land and 2,800 square kilometers of water, making it the 109th largest nation in the world with a total area of 99,720 square kilometers.

South Korea became an independent state in 1948, after gaining its sovereignty from Japan. The population of South Korea is 48,860,500 (2012) and the nation has a density of 504 people per square kilometer.

The currency of South Korea is the Won (KRW). As well, the people of South Korea are refered to as Korean.

The dialing code for the country is 82 and the top level internet domain for Korean sites is .kr.

South Korea shares land borders with only one country, North Korea.

To learn more, visit our detailed South Korea section.

Quick facts

Population 48,860,500
Density 504.1 / km2 ( 1,305.7 / mi2 )
Language Korean
Independence Year 1948
Capital Seoul (Seoul)
Currency Won
GDP 1,410,000,000,000 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 28,858 (2014 data)
Land Area 96,920 km2 (37,421 mi2)
Water Area 2,800 km2 (1,081 mi2)
Neighbouring Country North Korea
Minimum Longitude 125.080
Maximum Longitude 130.930
Mininum Latitude 33.200
Maximum Latitude 38.610

What is the capital of South Korea?

map showing the location of South Korea
Location of Seoul on a map.

Seoul is the capital city of Korea, South. It has a population of 10,349,312, and is located on a latitue of 37.57 and longitude of 126.98.

Seoul is also the political center of Korea, South, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Seoul, the Capital Of South Korea

City Seoul
Country South Korea
Population 10,349,312
Longitude 126.97840000
Latitude 37.56600000
Elevation 38 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in South Korea

Rank City Population
#1Seoul10,349,312
#2Busan3,678,555
#3Incheon2,628,000
#4Daegu2,566,540
#5Daejeon1,475,221
#6Suwon-si1,242,724
#7Goyang-si1,073,069
#8Seongnam-si1,031,935
#9Ulsan962,865
#10Bucheon-si850,731
#11Jeonju711,424
#12Ansan-si650,728
#13Cheongju-si634,596
#14Anyang-si634,367
#15Changwon550,000
#16Pohang500,000
#17Uijeongbu-si479,141
#18Hwaseong-si476,297
#19Jeju-si408,364
#20Cheonan365,114

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.