The 5,000 years of Korean history and culture, and the
Korean people's indomitable spirit in the struggle for national freedom
have produced a society renowned not only for its kindness and
generosity of spirit but also for the high educational standards of its
| Religion |
Religious freedom is guaranteed by the Constitution of
the Republic of Korea. Of the 300 or so registered religions, Buddhism
and Confucianism were dominant in the past, and have shaped both the way
of life and the attitudes of Koreans since the Three Kingdoms Period.
Christianity has developed a vast following since its introduction in
the late 18th century, and its influence is now being felt throughout
| Education |
Koreans have great concern for education and illiteracy
is almost non-existent. Children begin their six years of elementary
school at the age of six. After three years of middle school and three
years of high school, students may advance to university for four years
of higher education. There are national examinations for entrance to
high school and university, and 30% of high school graduates manage to
gain admission to universities. The entrance exams are extremely
rigorous, and the fierce competition for places is sometimes referred to
as "The admissions war." Today's parents are placing more attention on
early education for their children and the preschool educational system
is growing rapidly to meet this need.
As Korea prepares to host the 2000 ASEM Conference and
co-host the 2002 World Cup, the goverment, in conjunction with the
tourism industry, has made strenuous efforts to improve the standards of
tourism. This policy has extended not only to upgrading facilities, but
also to changing the mindset of the workers in the service industry, and
to raising the English language standards amongst the general public.
The long heritage and inspiring scenery of Korean impress all visitors
with their uniqueness and charm.