16 Bizarre Facts About South Korea That Make It So Unique

13Laws restrict the usage of maps

South Korea doesn’t provide driving or walking directions on Google Maps despite having the best Internet connectivity. After the Korean War, the Spatial Data Industry Promotion Act and the Promotion of Military Bases and Installations Act were passed. These seek to restrict access to map data outside South Korea and prevent the data from falling into the wrong hands across the DMZ (demilitarized zone). South Korea’s own map services like ‘Naver’ and ‘Kakao’ provide directions in the country.

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14South Korea is all about nature

It may look like South Korea is all about technology, skyscrapers, and advancement, but you will be surprised to know that 64 percent of the land is covered in forest. There are many mountains and eight mountains surround the capital city itself. It also has 2,413 kilometers of the seaside, with wide coastal plains to the west and south. Just off the shore, there are almost 3,000 small uninhabited islands.

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15Almost everyone has had cosmetic surgery

South Korea has the highest per capita rate of cosmetic surgery in the world; 1 in 3 women aged between 19 and 29 have undergone surgery according to a 2015 survey by Gallup Korea. Beauty and skincare is a massive sector in the country and everyone wants to look perfect. Seoul’s metro network announced last year that it would be banning plastic surgery adverts across its stations.

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16The world’s busiest air route and the best airports

The most crowded flight path on Earth is found in South Korea – the 280-mile hop from Seoul to Jeju International. There are around 178 departures between the two airports a day. Perhaps this is why South Korea has one of the best airports in the world. Incheon International Airport has been named the world’s best airport for 12 years in a row. The airport flaunts gorgeous gardens, free showers, and a sauna!

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