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Korea

I was born and grew up in Republic of Korea or South Korea before moving to the UK in order to pursue my academic studies in October 2003.

South Korea is technically wired in a multi-dimensional manner where nearly 4 in 5 people own a smartphone experiencing *hyper-connectivity, while the nation still retains patriarchal *Neo-Confucian principles of family organisation, social order and hierarchy. It is often compared with the neighbouring secretive communist dynasty in the north with whom it shares a history of thousands of years. However they are technically at war for the last 60 years.

Mountains cover seventy percent of the Korean Peninsula and centuries old Buddhist temples are an important part of the Korean landscape. There are some 900 traditional Buddhist temples in South Korea and my deceased grandparents are resting at Cheong-ryang-sa (청량사), a 1400 year old Buddhist temple in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea.
  




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*Hyperconnectivity is a term invented by Canadian social scientists Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman, arising from their studies of person-to-person and person-to-machine communication in networked organizations and networked societies.
*Neo-Confucianism is the name commonly applied to the revival of the various strands of Confucian philosophy and political culture that began in the 9th century and reached new levels of intellectual and social creativity in the 11th century China. It was introduced to Korea in the 14th century and established as the state ideology in Joseon Korea (1392-1910). http://www.iep.utm.edu/neo-conf/