Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

The Day of the Shining Star (광명성절 — Kwangmyŏngsŏng-jŏl) is a public holiday in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) falling on February 16, the birth anniversary of the country’s second leader, Kim Jong-il. Along with the Day of the Sun, the birthday of his father Kim Il-sung, it is the most important public holiday in North Korea. Kim Jong-il was actually born in … Continue reading Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

Republic of Korea #1258 (1981)

Republic of Korea #1258 (1981)

The Republic of Korea (대한민국 — Daehan Min-guk), or South Korea, occupies the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula, which extends some 680 miles (1,100 kilometers) from the Asian mainland. This mountainous peninsula is flanked by the Yellow Sea to the west, and the Sea of Japan (East Sea) to the east. Its southern tip lies on the Korea Strait and the East China Sea. The country, … Continue reading Republic of Korea #1258 (1981)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea #1066 (1972)

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea #1066 (1972)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (조선민주주의인민공화국 — Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin), or North Korea, occupies the northern portion of the Korean Peninsula, lying between latitudes 37° and 43°N, and longitudes 124° and 131°E. It covers an area of 46,541 square miles (120,540 square kilometers). North Korea shares land borders with China and Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in China) and Tumen rivers to … Continue reading Democratic People’s Republic of Korea #1066 (1972)