32 Amazing Korea Facts


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1. There are only four TV stations in North Korea.
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2. In Korean, the phrase 'My mouth is bored' is used when you want to eat simply because you're bored.
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3. Student loans have hit a record high of $1.2 trillion in the U.S — the same size as the entire economy of South Korea.
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4. At their current birth rate, there will be no South Koreans by 2750.
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5. North Korea holds "elections" every 5 years. There is only one candidate with "Yes" or "No" options. In 2009, 99% voted and 100% were "Yes".
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6. You can buy glow in the dark pet cats in South Korea.
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7. North Korea has almost 3 million people at risk of starvation, while Kim Jong Un spent $500 million on yachts, parties, and food in 2012.
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8. Blue jeans are illegal in North Korea because they are a symbol of American imperialism.
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9. The Korean version of "LOL" is "KKK."
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10. The president of North Korea is Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994.
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11. In North Korea it is the year 103, not 2014. This is because their calendar is based around the birth of Kim Il-Sung.
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12. South Korea bans children aged under 16 from playing online games between midnight and 6AM under a so-called "Cinderella Law."
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13. North Korea has an autographed basketball from Michael Jordan given to Kim Jong Il.
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14. An Ohio man was detained in North Korea for nearly six months for leaving a Bible at a nightclub.
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15. The film of Gone with the Wind is banned in North Korea, but virtually every adult there has read the book.
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16. North Korea is the only country where marijuana is 100% legal to grow, sell, possess and use.
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17. North Korea is the only country that has been caught cheating at the International Mathematical Olympiad—twice.
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18. South Koreans believe that unmarried women become Cheonyeo gwishin, or maiden ghosts — they never got a husband, so they haunt the living.
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19. South Koreans will be extinct by 2750 if their current birthrate continues.
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20. In North Korea, the punishment for watching a Hollywood movie is public execution.
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21. North Korea is actually more accessible to foreign journalists than Tibet is.
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22. North Korean scientists say they have discovered a unicorn burial ground, and that unicorns exist.
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23. Virtually all Koreans lack the gene that produces smelly armpits.
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24. The North and South Korean armies choose their physically toughest looking soldiers to have "stare downs" across the Korean border.
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25. Kim Jong Il kidnapped a well-respected movie director and forced him to make a North Korean Godzilla knock-off called "Pulgasari."
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26. Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, is the world’s youngest head of state.
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27. North Koreans who were not seen mourning over the death of Kim Jong-Il were sent to concentration camps for 6 months.
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28. In South Korea, where great emphasis is placed on academic success, kids average 4.9 hours of sleep a night.
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29. South Koreans have released an iPhone app that gives lonesome cell phone owners regular messages from a digital girlfriend named Mina.
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30. Up until 2015, it was illegal to cheat on your spouse in South Korea and the crime was punishable with up to two years in prison.
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31. North Korea uses a fax machine to send threats to South Korea.
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32. 60% of South Korean families use professionals to find a name for their newborns.

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