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Forests for peace and wellbeing 28th   Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission and 4th Asia-Pacific Forestry Week June 17-21, 2019 Incheon, Republic of Korea

About Korea

Republic of Korea is

a country visited by approximately ten million international travelers every year. With its long history in culture and tradition, the country has a lot to offer to travelers.
Continue reading to learn general information about Republic of Korea before visiting.

Where is Republic of Korea?

Republic of Korea

The Korean peninsula, roughly 1,030 km long and 175 km wide at its narrowest point, is located in Northeast Asia. With Seoul as its capital city, Republic of Korea's total land area is 100,033 ㎢.
Republic of Korea's neighbors include Japan to the east, China to the west, and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) across the northern border.

National Symbols of Republic of Korea

National Flag

Taegeukgi: The current design of Taegeukgi was finalized on October 15, 1949. It symbolizes the principles of the yin and yang in oriental philosophy.
The circle in the center is divided into two equal parts, where the upper red responds to the positive cosmic forces of the yang; conversely, the lower blue section represents the negative cosmic forces of the yin. The flag's background is white, representing peace and purity valued by the people of Republic of Korea.
The circle is surrounded by four trigrams, one in each corner, characterizing continual movement, balance and harmony.

National Flower

Mugunghwa: The national flower of Republic of Korea is mugunghwa, or rose of Sharon, which comes into bloom from July to October every year. A profusion of mugunghwa blossoms gracefully decorate the entire nation during blooming season, providing a view that has been loved by Koreans for many years. The flower’s symbolic significance stems from the Korean word mugung, which means immortal.National Anthem

National Anthem

Aegukga: Aegukga literally means “a song expressing love towards their country” in Korean, and it was originally meant to foster patriotism and raise awareness for the nation’s independence. The anthem had undergone several changes since it was first introduced until it took its current form. Maestro Ahn Eak-tai (1906-1965) rearranged the piece in 1935, which was then officially adopted by the Korean Government as the national anthem. Since then, the anthem began to be used at all schools and official functions.

Population of Korea

The total population of Korea is approximately 51,635,256 (as of September 2018), with most of the population residing in the Seoul metropolitan area. Outside of Seoul, other large and economically advanced cities such as Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju and Ulsan also have higher population densities than other cities in Republic of Korea.

Information courtesy of Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MOIS): www.mois.go.kr (Korean, English)

Republic of Korea Forest Service, Government Complex-Daejeon Bldg. 1, 189 Cheongsa-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon, Republic of KoreaTEL : 82-42-481-4077 FAX : 82-42-481-8884

E-MAIL : AP-Forestry-Week@fao.org / apfw2019@korea.kr

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW 2019) will be held in Songdo Convensia Convention Center, Incheon, Republic of Korea on 17-21 June 2019.
It will be one of the largest and most important forestry gatherings in the Asia-Pacific region in 2019.

"Forests for peace and wellbeing" is the overall theme of APFW 2019, which reflects the positive dimensions of forestry and suggests the need to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of environment, society, and sustainable development, under which economic, social, human and cultural dimensions are considered in a holistic manner.

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