South Korea! What everyone knows about South Korea (or correctly called The Republic of Korea) is its caustic neighbor, North Korea. As it turns out, South Korea is a modern and well developed country ranked 22nd in the Human Development Index, the highest in East Asia. In terms of average wage, it has Asia’s highest and the world’s 10th highest income. It is the world’s most research-and-development intensive country and the most innovative as measured by the Bloomberg Innovation Quotient. South Korea is the world’s fifth largest exporter, driven by high-tech multinationals such as Samsung, Hyundai-Kia and LG. A highly advanced information society, South Korea has the world’s fastest Internet connection speed! What’s not to like about that?

Read more of Gary and Monica Wescott’s overland adventures through South Korea in November and December 2014:

South Korea #1 – Arrival in Donghae – Samcheok Beach

South Korea #2 – DMZ – UN Memorial Cemetery

South Korea #3 – Hwaseon Cave & Penis Park

South Korea #4 – Hahoe Folk Village

South Korea #5 – Mr. Kim Jong-heung, the famous Wood Carver from Hahoe

South Korea #6 – Hahoe – The Mask Dance Drama

South Korea #7 – Sparking Public Restrooms

South Korea #8 – Andong – Bows & Swords

South Korea #9 – Food

South Korea #10 – Markets

South Korea #11 – The End of a Great Adventure, Almost

Last Updated on March 15, 2019