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Korea (South Korea)

Facts & Figures

  • Capital City: Seoul
  • Population: 45m
  • Languages: Korean
  • Grand Prix Race Track: Korean International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea
    • Number of laps: 55
    • Total race length: 309km
    • Most Frequent Winner: Sebastian Vettel - 2 times
    • Last Winner: Sebastian Vettel (2013)
NB: The Korean Grand Prix has not been included in the race calendar since 2013, and is not planned to be included in the 2018 schedule.

Ideas for a Korean Themed Party

Although separated for more than 50 years, North and South Korea still share a common language, history and culture, so much of what you find on this page will be true for the both states.

North Korea is the larger in terms of geographical area, but the population of South Korea is roughly twice that of the north, which is largely mountainous.

To create an authentic Korean party atmosphere, have some Traditional Music from Korea playing in the background (not during the race though!).

Korean Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Korean flags and posters (see links, right).
  • If you're serving food, search for red, white and blue table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Korean Party Decorations Ideas, visit our Asian Flags & Decorations Page

Food for a Korean Themed Party

Central to Korean cuisine are rice, noodles, tofu, vegetables, and meats. Traditionally, Korean meals are served with many side dishes (banchan) and steamed short-grain rice. Kimchi, a fermented, spicy vegetable dish is omnipresent as an accompaniement to every meal. Korean cooking is flavoured with spices including sesame oil, soy sauce, chillies, garlic, ginger, and doenjang (fermented soybean paste).

As Kimchi can be time-consuming to make - and it seems nearly impossible to track down the definitive recipe - we recommend you find some at a local Asian grocer if you want to try it.

While the main staples eaten are rice and noodles, pulses - especially soybeans, mung beans and azuki beans - remain extremely popular, and are used in many different ways. The main sources of protein are chicken and pork (but beef - which is highly valued - and dog meat are also eaten). As the Korean peninsula is almost surrounded by water, fish and seafood are very popular, and can be either grilled or eaten in soups and stews. Koreans eat a very wide selection of different vegetables, many of which are not well known in the west; popular vegetables include potato, sweet potato, cabbage, spinach, courgettes, mushrooms, cucumber, garlic, chillies, various types of seaweed, and lotus root.

Drink for a Korean Party

Alcohol is popular in Korea, but few of the drinks are familiar to us in the west. Beer is not a native drink, and although there are now a few breweries it is still not as popular as the traditional Korean drinks. Korean wine is not "true wine", in the sense that it is usually made by adding fruit to already fermented alcohol. The most common forms would therefore be a rice "wine", to which cherries, grapes, raspberries or plums are added for flavouring before it is sold.

By far the most popular alcoholic drink in Korea is Soju , made from a combination of fermented rice and grain. Usually about 20 percent alcohol by volume, although sometimes as much as 40 percent, it is a clear spirit, sometimes compared to vodka. It can be drunk on its own, or with mixers or in cocktails. Many popular international cocktails can be adapted to incorporate Soju.

Another popular drink in Korea - this time non-alcoholic - is Korean Ginger Tea. It is served chilled as a refreshing summer drink.

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