Project by: Geramy A. Rivera Dávila Most Koreans work 6 days a week. Banks and government offices open 6 days a week. For weekdays 9am - 6pm, and on Saturday 9am - 1pm is typical working time for many Koreans. Some companies have introduced '5 days a week system'. Due to the increasing number of cars, the traffic of the road to and from the big city is very heavy on a week. But there are many good places around the country and in the city. We have a very cold winter and very hot and humid summer, so indoor activities rather than outdoor activities are popular among people. Bowling and table tennis is popular sports and indoor swimming pool is always full of people. This can be a reason for many Koreans going overseas during their vacations. The school system in Korea follows a 6-3-34 ladder pattern which consists of elementary school (1st to 6th grades), middle school (7th to 9th grades), high school (10th to 12th grades) and junior college, college and university. Language The language in korea is the korean. Clothing The top part called a “jeogori” is blouse-like with long sleeves with the men's version being longer, stretching down to the waist. Women wear skirts “chima” while men wear baggy pants “paji”. Commoners wore white, except during festivals and special occasions such as weddings. Clothes for the upper classes were made of bright colors and indicated the wearer's social status. Various accessories such as foot gear, jewelry, and headdresses or hair pins completed the outfit. Special events/Celebrations Arbor Day --- April 5 Children's Day --- May 5 Memorial Day --- June 6 Constitution Day --- July 7 National Foundation Day --- October 7 Korean Alphabet Day --- October 9 Christmas Day --- December 25 Kinds of Traditional Korean Food • Guk (soup) Soup is an essential dish when rice is served. Ingredients of different soups include vegetables, meat, fish, shellfish, seaweed, and beef bones. • Bap (steamed rice) Boiled rice is the staple of Korean cuisine. Most people use sticky rice, which sometimes has beans, chestnuts, sorghum, red beans, barley or other cereals added for flavor and nutrition. Transportation • Metro bus • Taxi grey regular and black deluxe • Cars • Subway or trains • Ferries Photos of transportation Economy The economy of Korea is the third largest in Asia and the twelfth largest in the world in terms of market exchange nominal GDP as of 2006. The nominal GDP is $897.4 billion. Tradition and Culture Korea has a cultural history of over 5,000 years. Over five centuries of culture, customs, and society have uniquely defined who the Korean people are. Every country has a different culture, and understanding other cultures helps improve the way we interact with different people.