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South Korea Geography

South Korea is very hilly and mountainous in the east, where the Taebaek Mountains dominate the landscape.

The rugged land slopes west into undulating, flatter coastal plains, where most of its people live, and useable agricultural land is found.

These coastal lowlands formed as a result of mountain erosion, and account for only 30 percent of the country.

South Korea's highest point is Mt. Halla-san, an extinct volcano located on Cheju Island, at 6,398 ft. (1,950 m).

The western and southern coastlines of the country are covered by thousands of islands and narrow channels; significant rivers include the Kum, Han and Naktong.

Due to an active reforestation program, over 65% of South Korea's land is covered in forests; up from 35% in 1955, after much of the country's forests were cut down during and after World War II.

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.