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Expat Bloggers in South Korea

An independent Korean state or collection of states has existed almost continuously for several millennia. Between its initial unification in the 7th century - from three predecessor Korean states - until the 20th century, Korea existed as a single independent country. In 1905, following the Russo-Japanese War, Korea became a protectorate of imperial Japan, and in 1910 it was annexed as a colony. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the United States in 1945. After World War II, a Republic of Korea (ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a Communist-style government was installed in the north (the DPRK). During the Korean War (1950-53), US troops and UN forces fought alongside soldiers from the ROK to defend South Korea from DPRK attacks supported by China and the Soviet Union. 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 14 times the level of North Korea. In 1993, KIM Young-sam became South Korea's first civilian president following 32 years of military rule. 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 Dae-jung and the North's leader KIM Jong Il. In October 2007, a second North-South summit took place between the South's President ROH Moo-hyun and the North Korean leader. Harsh rhetoric and unwillingness by North Korea to engage with President LEE Myung-bak following his February 2008 inauguration has strained inter-Korean relations.

We have tracked down the most popular and highest quality expat bloggers in South Korea. The most recent articles from these bloggers are aggregated below.

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A Fat Girl in Seoul
A Newfie In Korea
Anna's Out of Country Experience
Anthropology of Traveling
Black in Asia, teaching ESL
Chosun Bimbo
Chris in South Korea
Dawna and Gilad in Korea
Eat Your Kimchi
Elephant Talk
Expatriate Games
Getting My Suwon
Going Places
Greetings from Jeonju City, South Korea
Idiots' Collective
I'm No Picasso
Jet Set Zero
Jon Sumner Versus South Korea
Katie's Travels in Korea
Lee's Korea Blog
Life in Korea
Live Life! Love Life!
Living Life Frame by Frame
My open relationship with South Korea...
Oh My Seoul
Postcards From Somewhere
Sam Tackels the World
Something Leftish
Spicy Fishy
Talking To Myself
Yogini's Quest
The Creative Pharaoh
The Great Escape - Toadhjo in Daejeon
The Raw and the Cooked
The Seoul Patch
The Yellow Brick Road
View from Gangwon

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