The Korean Peninsula is located in North-East Asia.
It is bordered by the Amnok River (Yalu River) to the northwest,
separating Korea from China, and the Duman River (Tumen River)
to the northeast which separates Korea from both China and Russia.
The country itself is flanked by the Yellow Sea to its west
and the East Sea to the east. There are several notable islands
that surround the country including Jeju-do, Ulleung-do and
Dok-do (Liancourt Rocks).
The Korean peninsula is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles)
long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. The
land area is 100,033 sq km, and it has
a population of 49.8 million people (2011).
Because of its unique geographical location, this makes
Korea very viable piece of land and an international hub of
||Mountains cover 70%
of Korea's land mass, making it one of the most
mountainous regions in the world. The lifting and
folding of Koreas granite and limestone base creates
breathtaking landscapes of scenic hills and valleys.
The mountain range that stretches the length of
the east coast falls steeply into the East Sea,
while along the southern and western coasts, the
mountains descend gradually to the coastal plains
that produce the bulk of Koreas agricultural crops,
and Provincial Parks and Mountains
||Geographic position - Between 33 and
43 north latitude, and 124 and 131 east
longitude (including North Korea)
||Highest mountains in S. Korea - Hallasan
on Jeju Island, 1,950 meters (6400 ft);
Jirisan, 1,915 meters (6,283 ft); and
Seoraksan, 1,708 meters (5,604 ft)
||Rivers - Nakdonggang, 522 km (324 miles);
Hangang, 494 km (307 miles); Geumgang,
396 km (246 miles)
Economic status (2010) – GNI USD
986.2 billion; GNI per capita: USD 20,759
Updated on September 30, 2011