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||Korea was an independent kingdom under Chinese suzerainty for most of the past millennium. Following its victory in the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, Japan occupied Korea; five years later it formally annexed the entire peninsula. After World War II, a republic was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a Communist-style government was installed in the north.
During the Korean War (1950-1953), US and other UN forces intervened to defend South Korea from North Korean attacks supported by the Chinese. An armistice was signed in 1953, splitting the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. Thereafter, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth with per capita income rising to roughly 18 times the level of North Korea.
In 1987, South Korean voters elected ROH Tae-woo to the presidency, ending 26 years of military dictatorships. South Korea today is a fully-functioning modern democracy. In June 2000, a historic first North-South summit took place between the South's President KIM Tae-chung and the North's leader KIM Jong Il.
48.6 million (July 2004 est.)
0-14 years: 9.9 million
|Our Ministry:||In 1956, CEF Korea emerged from a war torn country and was led and guided by American missionaries John & Lois Cook. They served for over 20 years until the work became autonomous and led by all national workers. It is now our largest work in the Region, having over 190 local workers and has sent out several missionaries.|
74-2 Moonjung 1 Dong
Song Pa Gu, Seoul,
South Korea 138-201
Tel: (822) 3401-8291
Fax: (822) 3401-6004
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