There are presently more than 20 land-based casinos in South Korea. The largest casino in South Korea is the Kangwon Land Resort & Casino, located in Jeongseongun. It has almost 1,000 slot machines and around 100 gaming tables.
South Korea is a sovereign state located in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Its neighbors are North Korea, lying to the north, the Korea Strait to the south, Japan to the east and China to the west. South Korea covers a total area of almost 39,000 square miles (100,210 sq. km.) and has an estimated population of 48.8 million people, making it the world's 21st most densely populated country.
South Korea, which is predominantly a mountainous country, contains mountain ranges in the east, rolling hills and coastal plains in the west, and valleys and rivers around the south of the country. The country has several national parks and areas of natural beauty, while its cities and towns are known for their contrasting architectural styles, with modern skyscrapers, religious temples and royal palaces of great cultural interest often located adjacent to one another. South Korea's climate varied from area to area (it is in part humid continental and in part humid subtropical), with all areas of the country subject to hot, humid summers.
The official language of South Korea is Korean.
South Korea, the most industrialized member of the OECD, is the world's 34th richest economy by GDP (nominal) per capita and Asia's fourth largest economy. The South Korean economy, which is extremely export-oriented, relies heavily on international trade. Principal exports are semi-conductors, wireless telecommunications equipment, automobiles, computers, ships and petrochemicals. Its main export partners are China, the USA, Japan and Hong Kong.
With regard to cuisine, 'kimchi' (or kimchee) - fermented dish of seasoned vegetables - accompanies most meals, together with rice. Kimchi may be made with vegetables including cabbage, cucumber and radish, with different vegetables generally used in each season of the year. Kimchi is also used in soups, stews and fried rice. While dishes and flavorings vary from one region to another, most meals include rice, meat (beef, chicken, pork, fish and seafood), legumes (including mung beans and soy beans and bean-curd/tofu) and vegetables, as well as noodles. Common seasonings and ingredients used in Korean cooking are soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, fermented chili paste and fermented bean paste. Soups are often served as a main course in Korea, and may include boiled meat, seafood or vegetables as the main component. Cold, lightly seasoned soups are also eaten during the summer months. Korean desserts and sweet delicacies include ``Hangwa'', which comprises different types of sweets and cookies made of rice flour, honey, fruit, and roots. Hangwa, which lasts for long periods of time, was traditionally served when fruit was out of season. Another sweet specialty is "Dasik", a soft, round honey-based cookie consumed with tea and often flavored with sesame seeds, chestnuts, green tea and ginseng. Ice desserts include "Pahtbingsoo", which is served in the summer and consists of shaved ice, sweet adzuki beans and condensed milk. It is often topped with ice cream or whipped cream.
Tea-drinking is an important part of the Korean culture, with 'omija cha' (an herbal tea made from the berries of the tea tree) and green tea, as well as other herbal and flower teas, particularly popular. Green tea is also used to flavor various sweet foods, including cookies. Koreans participate in tea ceremonies known as 'darye', a tradition that has been retained by the Korean people for a few thousand years, and is now used as a form of relaxation and break from the fast pace of modern life.
South Korea is known for its immensely rich culture and tradition for fine arts and crafts, especially painting, sculpture, pottery and architecture. Many masterpieces of South Korean painting, including paintings of tiger hunts, scenery, and patterns depicting birds and flowers, are displayed in the National Museum of Korea, located in Seoul. Sculpture also has an extremely long tradition in South Korea, the earliest forms dating back to the Stone Age. Traditional sculpture was often influenced by Buddhism, although today's contemporary sculpture often takes a more abstract form. Music and dance also play an important role in South Korea's cultural heritage with specific songs and dances performed during special occasions such as religious ceremonies, weddings and festivals.