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Bukchon is an example of what type of traditional hamlet, many of which may be found across South Korea?

Taketomi village

Heritage village

Hanok village

Hutong village

Hanok village
Hanok villages, which are beautifully maintained old settlements, can be found all across Korea. Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul is one of the most popular. Traditional Korean residences and neighborhoods from 600 years ago can be found intact, repaired, or reconstructed.

What politician and educator led the Korean Independence Movement from Japan under the pen name Baekbeom?

Kim San Sun

Hwoarang

Park Hua Shing Ton

Kim Gu

Kim Gu
Kim Gu, one of Korea’s “Founding Fathers,” was a key figure in the Independence Movement and the Korean reunification. He was the final president of the Republic of Korea’s provisional administration and was killed by Ahn Doo-hee, who perceived him as a Soviet Union spy. “If God asked me what my want was, I would unhesitatingly say, ‘Korean independence.’ If he asked me what my second wish was, I would again reply, ‘My country’s independence.”

What respected 15th century Korean scientist invented the world’s first rain gauge and is commemorated by an asteroid?

Jang Young-Sil

Cha Hyung Joon

Paik Soonmyung

Yu Nam-Kyung

Jang Young-Sil
Jang Young-Sil devised the “cheugugi” as the world’s first rain gauge. An astronomical clock, a celestial globe, a hemispherical sundial, an observatory, and an automated water clock were also invented by the 15th-century inventor. He appears to be from another planet — little surprise a celestial body was named after him.

What is the government’s Historical and Scenic Site Number One, one of the most important temples in the country?

Tongdosa Temple

Balaka Temple

Bulguksa Temple

Hanging Temple

Bulguksa Temple
Bulguksa Temple is one of the country’s most beautiful Buddhist temples, including seven national treasures. Among these treasures are Buddha sculptures, stone pagodas, and the Blue Cloud Bridge.

What Yellow Sea island is named for the “crimson” glow that wraps it at sunset?

Hongdo

Geojedo

Jeju

Hengde

Hongdo
The rocky island of Hongdo is well-known for stunning sunsets. The name “Hong” means “crimson” in Korean, emphasizing the lovely light that shines on the island’s hilly 2.5 square miles.

Who founded Korea’s Joseon dynasty, which lasted for 500 years, and was born in 1335?

Mokjong

Taejo

Jeongjong

Hyeonjong

Taejo
Taejo of Joseon, not to be confused with Taejo of Goryeo, destroyed the Goryeo Dynasty and assumed power in the late 14th century. After assuming the throne as Yi Seong-gye and “Yi Dan,” he only reigned for six years after rising through the ranks of the Goryeo army.

At 6,388 feet, you’re on top of the world – or, at the very least, South Korea. What is the highest peak in the country?

Hallasan

Seoraksan

Chiri-san

Everest

Hallasan
Hallasan, located on Jeju Island, is South Korea’s tallest peak at 6,388 feet. It’s a volcano, and it’s one of the country’s three main mountains, along with Seoraksan and Jirisan.

“Body and soul, let’s go / transformed into arrows!” “Piercing the air / body and spirit, let’s go / with no turning back,” who is one of Korea’s best living authors and the author of Ten Thousand Lives?

Han Kang

Yi Sang

Bok Geo-il

Ko Un

Ko Un
After witnessing the horrors of the Korean War, Hwang Sok-yong entered a Buddhist monastery and released his first book of poems. Following that, he helped to push the democratic movement and was imprisoned for years, during which time he authored many additional collections of poetry. Ten Thousand Lives and The Sound of My Waves are two of his masterpieces.

Name the actress/singer/songwriter known for songs like “Celebrity” and “Blueming” who has five studio albums to her credit.

Son Ye-jin

Song Hye-kyo

Kim Tae-hee

IU

IU
Born Lee Ji-eun, the singer-name songwriter’s is meant to represent “you and I become one through music,” and she is frequently referred to as “The Nation’s Sweetheart.”

What is the name of the marathon racer who collapsed on the track after winning gold in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona?

Yoo Gwan-Soon

Hwang Young-cho

Shang Luk Fo

Lee Min-ho

Hwang Young-cho
Despite the fact that it was the “slowest Olympic marathon” in about three decades due to the heat in Barcelona and the ascent for the final two kilometers, Hwang Young-performance cho’s of 2 hours 13 minutes and 23 seconds was not to be overlooked. After sinking to his knees and face-planting on the track, the South Korean won gold for his country and was taken out on a stretcher.

The United States’ 50 states, including Hawaii, cover six time zones. In South Korea, how many time zones are there?

1

2

3

40

1
South Korea is about the same size as the state of Utah and has no territories lying outside of its single time zone, so the entire country falls under the umbrella of Korea Standard Time. For reference, when it’s 8 AM in NYC, it’s 9 PM the same day in Seoul.

Who is supposed to be the “grandson of heaven,” as well as the founder and god-king of Gojoseon, Korea’s first kingdom?

Katherine the Great

Yuri

Dangun

Daemusin

Dangun
Dangun is the fabled founder of Korea’s first kingdom. His rule was first mentioned in the 13th century, after he was founded in 2333 BC, and numerous religious groups worship him. True Korean scholars understand that Dangun is an abbreviation for Dangun Wanggeom.

The biggest national park in South Korea, made up of many islands. It was established in 1981. What is the name of this national park?

Dadohaehaesang

Yosemite

Jirisan

Hallasan

Dadohaehaesang
The country’s largest national park is Dadohaehaesang and it is located in Jeollanam-do province. The park measures 896 square miles and includes the islands of Baekdo, Hongdo, and Heuksando. The marine park is home to 150 ocean fish species, 140 bird species, and 1,500 plant species.

Every year, a special mud from South Korea’s mudflats is carried onto this beach in Boryeong for a down and dirty celebration. What is the name of the beach?

Daecheon Beach

Bondi Beach

Muchangpo Beach

Haeundae Beach

Daecheon Beach
During the annual Boryeong Muck Festival, get your mud on at Daecheon Beach. Prepare to mud wrestle, mud ski, and get pelted with mud. The event started with the goal of promoting cosmetics created from the mud of the Boryeong mud flats, which has unique mineral properties.

Name this seven-member boyband that has taken the globe by storm with mega-hits like “IDOL” and “FAKE LOVE.”

Stray Kids

BTS

Monsta X

NCT

BTS
The seven-person band is one of the most popular in the world, often selling out stadiums in their own nation as well as the United States and Europe. Many of their admirers believe they are “Dynamite.”

Kim Bu-sik, a politician and Confucian, composed the Samguk Sagi in the 12th century. What exactly is the text about?

The King James Bible

Historical record of the Three Kingdoms

Koran

First scholarly Buddhist record

Historical record of the Three Kingdoms
The Samguk Sagi is the Korean History of the Three Kingdoms. The significant historical record was finished in the 12th century and written in Classical Chinese by government official Kim Busik.

What is the name of Korea’s first national park, which has the “Temple of 100 Pools” and is renowned as the “Yosemite of Korea”?

Glacier National Park

Songnisan National Park

Bukhansan National Park

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park
A spectacular scenery of mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and streams, as well as over 1,500 animal species and abundant vegetation. Hike the trails and explore the park’s two Buddhist temples, including the Temple of a Hundred Pools, so named for its numerous ponds and streams.

South Korea, its sole immediate neighbor, plainly borders North Korea. What other country has the closest center point to South Korea?

Cuba

The Philippines

Japan

Russia

Japan
Aside from North Korea, Japan is the closest nation to South Korea, located roughly 600 miles distant in its center. To travel to its nearest neighbors, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, you must travel more than 935 miles.

In 2021, who will be South Korea’s acting prime minister who declares, “I will become a prime minister who completely aspires for national unity”?

Han Seung-soo

Goh Kun

Jo Huan Jo

Kim Boo-kyum

Kim Boo-kyum
In May 2021, Kim Boo-kyum was elected Prime Minister. The activist is a member of South Korea’s Democratic Party and was formerly Minister of Interior and Safety.

South Korea’s capital is located on the fourth-longest river on the Korean peninsula.

Geum River

Imjin River

Han River

Yangtze River

Han River
Seoul is situated on the Han River, which runs for 307 miles. The Han connects the capital city to the Yellow Sea by passing through three provinces. The Amnok, Tuman, and Nakdong rivers are the longest.

What 8-member electro-pop band is known as the “Nation’s Girl Group” after releasing songs like “I GOT A BOY” and “PARTY”?

Girls’ Generation

Twice

Black Pink

Wonder Girls

Girls’ Generation
Girls’ Generation is the unofficial national group of South Korea. CNN called them a “national sensation” and the “Asian counterpart” of the British female group Spice Girls.

From 2007 to 2016, which United Nations Secretary-General stated, “Saving our planet needs you to be ambitious in what you aspire for, as well as equally ambitious in how hard you work to achieve your goal”?

Ban Ki-Moon

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Shin Kyung-sook

Kofi Annan

Ban Ki-Moon
Ban Ki-Moon began his career as a diplomat for his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a vocation he was motivated to pursue after meeting JFK when he was 18 years old. After taking over as Secretary-General in 2007, he stepped down in 2016, having launched a number of peacekeeping programs and plans to improve the effectiveness of the “blue helmets” in conflict zones across the world.

What Korean director of Parasite tied Walt Disney for the most Academy Awards won in one night in 2020?

Bong Joon-ho

Song Hye Kyo

Hong Sangsong

Park Jinri

Bong Joon-ho
For his film, Parasite, Bong Joon-ho joined Walt Disney as the first filmmaker to win four awards in one night. He received honors for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Picture, making it the first foreign film to do so. “We never write to represent our nation,” he remarked, “but this is our first Oscar to South Korea.”

What sage and philosopher founded Neo-Confucianism, writing under the pen name Toegye – meaning “Retreating Creek”?

Ko Un

Yi Hwang

Yi Sang

Yi Kwang-su

Yi Hwang
Yi Hwang was a Joseon period Neo-Confucist who went by the pen name “Retreating Creek.” The sage taught that I and gi were the universe’s driving forces. “The ancients do not see me, nor do I see the ancients, though I do not see the ancients, the Way they tread is before me, Their Way before me, can I but follow,” he once wrote.

Not everyone can boast of being both a king and an emperor. Who was Korea’s last king and first emperor?

Mak Anto-nyo

Sunjong

Gojong

Sunjo

Gojong
The Gwangmu Emperor Gojong was the last of the Joseon Dynasty’s five-century line, reigning until the early twentieth century. As his rule came to an end, he declared the country an empire, crowning him the first emperor of Korea — a short-lived imperial authority that ended in 1910. The empire was never resurrected.

Everyone appears to have an issue with Korea. In the nineteenth century, two MORE nations conducted campaigns in Korea. What are the names of the countries?

United States and France

Spain and Russia

United Kingdom and Germany

Cuba and the United Kingdom

United States and France
Korea was once again the target of foreign forces when the French and the United States launched wars against the country in the nineteenth century. The French Campaign, which lasted six weeks in 1866, was in retribution for the killing of French Catholic missionaries. The United States expedition to Korea in 1871 was similarly advertised as a retaliatory campaign for the disappearance of a merchant ship in Korean seas, but some documents reveal it was actually a military effort designed to demonstrate American supremacy.

What South Korean leader’s tenure ended in political turmoil with her impeachment as the country’s first female president?

Song He Kyo

Park Geun-hye

Park Jin-ri

Kim Yo-jong

Park Geun-hye
Riding on the coattails of her father, who was also president at the time, Park Geun-hye’s political career ended in humiliation in 2016, when she was impeached and imprisoned for her participation in theft and vote influence. She was the first female president democratically elected in East Asia, and the first president born after the establishment of the First Republic of Korea.

What is the name of the artist known for his ballpoint pen artwork, and whose works have been described as “deceptively casual” by The New York Times?

Lee Ufan

Ban Ksy

Il Lee

Heo Jun

Il Lee
Who thought a ballpoint pen was all you needed to make a masterpiece? Il Lee is a contemporary artist who makes large-scale abstract artworks on canvas and paper that have been presented all over the world, including New York, Paris, and Seoul.

What is the most populous province or territory in South Korea, defined as “the area around the capital”?

Gangwon

Jeju

Gyeonggi

North Chengchong

Gyeonggi
Gyeonggi province is the most populous, with 3,927 square miles and home to 13.3 million people. Sejong has the lowest population, with only 340,000 people.

In 1948, who became South Korea’s first prime minister?

Lee Beom-seok

Kim Sang-song

Du Ter-te

Lee Nak-yon

Lee Beom-seok
Lee Beom-seok, an independence campaigner, was South Korea’s first prime minister, serving for barely two years beginning in 1948. Beom-seok, better known as “Chulgi,” was the president of the Korean National Youth Association.

Korea’s past is littered with neighbors conquering its territory. In the 16th and 17th centuries, which two countries attacked Korea?

Japan and China

Mongolia and Japan

China and Mongolia

France and Spain

Japan and China
In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Japan and China were at odds over the Korean peninsula. Japan under Toyotomi Hideyoshi attacked first in 1592, but was defeated. The Manchu-led Qing dynasty of China invaded Korea in 1627 and again in 1636, resulting in Korea becoming a vassal state of the Qing dynasty.

This landmark on the top of Mount Namsan is to South Korea what the “Space Needle” is to Seattle. What is it?

Oriental Pearl Tower

Seoul Space Needle

Seoul Tower

SK Tower

Seoul Tower
The Seoul Tower serves as both a communication and observation tower. You may ride a cable car from the city up to the base of the tower, where you will stand at the city’s second-highest point. The renowned observation tower rises 774 feet, providing a bird’s-eye view of the whole metropolis.

With a name meaning “an island where a divine fairy came down and danced, ” which island appears to part like the Red Sea, leading a path to the neighboring island of Mok?

Seonjaedo

Maui

Gapado

Jukdo

Seonjaedo
The country’s largest national park, located in Jeollanam-do province, measures 896 square miles and includes the islands of Baekdo, Hongdo, and Heuksando. The marine park is home to 150 ocean fish species, 140 bird species, and 1,500 plant species.

Japan surrendered during WWII, thereby ending its claim to Korea. What proclamation restored Korea’s independence?

Treaty of Paris

Emancipation Proclamation

Potsdam Declaration

Treaty of South Korea

Potsdam Declaration
Following the surrender of the Japanese Empire in 1945, the Postdam Declaration outlined the next steps. The proclamation, drafted by Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman, and Chiang Kai-shek, re-established Korea’s independence. It also demanded the empire’s submission, threatening “rapid and total devastation” if they didn’t.

This rainbow city is noted for its colorful buildings, bustling harbor, beaches, mountains, and temples. What is the name of that South Korean port town?

Busan

Daegu

Jeju

Ulsan

Busan
With 3.4 million residents, Busan is South Korea’s second-largest metropolis after Seoul. The popular tourist and industrial city is known for its wooded mountains, attractive beaches, historical landmarks, hot springs, and its world-famous port.

“The people are the roots of a nation, and the roots must be strong in order to produce a peaceful nation.” Who created the Korean alphabet?

Jang Tak-Sil

King Sejong the Great

King Taejong

King Hyegong

King Sejong the Great
Monarch Sejong the Great, the fourth king of the Joseon dynasty, assumed power in the late 14th century. He not only invented the Korean alphabet, but his attitude to everything during his reign was founded on his compassion for ordinary people.

What country was the Koreans at war with three times during the late 10th and early 11th centuries?

Ukraine

France

Russia

China

China
The first of three Goryeo-Khitan Wars took place in 993 AD between China’s Liao dynasty and Korea. Khitan’s ambition was to conquer the Korean Peninsula, and two more would follow. That objective was a failure. But it didn’t stop Khitan from trying again and again for many years, all of which failed.

Which South Korean figure skater was the first to earn a gold medal for the country after saying, “I sincerely hope that when I depart, my last trace will be beautiful”?

Yuna Kim

Choi Gyeong-hui

Jeong Mi-ja

Lee Yeon-kyung

Yuna Kim
Yuna Kim, a girl next door ice skater, was once one of the world’s highest-earning female athletes. She became the first person from her country to win a medal in a figure skating discipline when she won gold in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

How many provinces would you have visited if you took a road trip through South Korea and visited every province?

17

9

24

6

9
South Korea is divided into nine provinces, the largest of which is North Kyngsang (7,348 square miles). Jeju, one of the provinces, is a self-governing province.

This founding father’s dynasty was responsible for the name Korea. Who established the Goryeo dynasty?

Taemusin

Mobo

Taejo

Puyi

Taejo
The name Korea is derived from the Goguryeo kingdom, which was afterwards renamed Goryeo. Taejo of Goryeo established the dynasty, which ruled from the tenth through the fourteenth century. Taejo was successful in uniting the Later Three Kingdoms.

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