16 Bizarre Facts About South Korea That Make It So Unique
9Koreans love their fried chicken
During the Korean War, American soldiers introduced fried chicken to Korea. Various Korean touches were added to these recipes to make them more popular in South Korea. Ginseng chicken, chicken coated in sweet and spicy sauces were unique Asian versions of fried chicken. The fried chicken business is still booming and many families have opened up such restaurants because of the low investment required.
10BTS, or Bangtan Boys
This seven-member boy band was formed in 2013 in Seoul. They were the first Korean group to have a song on the US Billboard 200 and the only group except The Beatles to have three albums at number one on the charts in less than a year. There has been an exponential rise in the popularity of K-pop, all due to them. They earn revenue of about $3.6 billion each year.
11Samsung’s revenue is 17% of South Korea’s GDP
Samsung was founded in 1938 as a trading company by Lee Byung-chul. The company expanded into food processing, textiles, insurance, securities, and retail and entered the electronics sector in the ‘60s as well as shipbuilding and construction in the ‘70s. Samsung is the largest conglomerate in South Korea and has been responsible for the development of the country. An average citizen can be born at, live in, work at and die at Samsung-owned facilities.
12Children under 16 cannot play online games from midnight to six in the morning
The “Shutdown Law,” the “Youth Protection Revision Act,” or the “Cinderella Law” as it is known, was passed on April 29, 2011, and came into effect in November. According to a study conducted by the National Information Society Agency, about 14% of the population aged 9 to 12 suffered from Internet addiction. This can affect mental and physical health and sleep patterns. This is what inspired the government to take this step.