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South Korea

Archaeological evidence on the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 and then by the Manchu invasion of 1627.

Joseon was renamed the Korean Empire in 1897 and Emperor Gojong took control.

During the 20th century, Korea experienced a significant turn of events. In a land grab, Political instability in South Korea led to a student uprising in 1960, and the subsequent resignation of President Syngman Rhee.

General Park Chung-hee took lead of the country until his assassination in 1979, and (although he was viewed as a ruthless military dictator during his reign) the country saw rapid economic growth.

Political turmoil prevailed following General Park's assassination, as opposition leaders campaigned heavily to fill the sudden presidential void.

Subsequently, after years of on-going political rancor and much-needed social policy changes, the modern, transformed country of South Korea, and its dramatically expanded economy garnered the world's attention in a big way.

Besides successfully staging the Summer Olympics of 1988, and the 2002 soccer World Cup, South Korea's tourism base is now growing rapidly, especially in the Korean Peninsula today there are millions of people still hoping for the eventual reunification of their common culture and extended families.

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.