Gangnam district in Seoul
South Korea had the world's second-fastest growing economy from 1960 to
1990. The economic success in South
Korea is often called the 'Miracle on the Han River'.It refers to the period
of sudden accelerated export. The fueled
economic growth, overnight industrialization, technological achievement,
educational boom, exceptional rise in
living standards, rapid urbanization, skyscraper boom, modernization, fast
globalization successfully transformed
South Korea from the ashes of Korean War, which occurred during the years
of 1950-1953, to a wealthy and highly
developed country today, with a global influence trillion dollar economy.
There are well-known multinational
conglomerates, such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai in Korea.
Han River and South Korea
Condominiums in Seoul viewed from J.W.Marriotte Hotel and in Busan seen
from an aircraft.
The picture of Soul was taken in 2007, and the picture of Busan in 2012.
Historical and modern architectures in Seoul
(L) Throne Hall of Geunjeongjeon ( 2012 ) (R) Gyeongbokgung palace ( 2007
(L) The earliest known book printed with movable metal type in 1377 (R)Gyeongbokgung
Korea move to ban smoking in public places from 2011.
South Korea will enforce to ban all indoor and outdoor smoking in public
places, starting in 2011, to reduce
the country's smoking rate, the government said. The Ministry for Health,
Welfare and Family Affairs said
the move aims to bring down the smoking rate among men in the country,
from 47 percent at present to
20 percent in the target year.
Smoking has been cited for causing various forms of cancer and other life-threatening
diseases, and could put
a strain on the economy by causing a rise in medical outlays down the line.
secondhand smoke is also a problem
as it endangers the health of non-smokers.
It said posters and pictures highlighting the health risks associated with
smoking will be placed on cigarette
cases, with support to be offered to companies that implement programs
to get workers to quit smoking.
YONHAP NEWS, Decenber 9, 2009
People walk on a non-smoking street in Tonam-dong.
In 2003 the street around Sungshin Women's University in South Korea was
designated as a non-smoking
zone in an effort to reduce the soaring rate of smoking among teenagers
and women, the district near
Sungshin Women's University has now been designated as a smoke-free zone.
It is the first to its kind to
adopt such an ordinance in the nation, and other district offices are following
suit. According to the office's health
department, the female smoking rate also declined from 3.2 percent to 2.3
percent over the last three years.
Source: Korea Times April14, 2006
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The article was written in April 2009, and revised in February 2012, photographs
were added in May 2012,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.