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Korea

I was born and grew up in Republic of Korea or South Korea. In 2015, nearly 4 in 5 South Koreans own a smartphone living in a *hyperconnectivity society, while the nation still retains patriarchal *Neo-Confucian principles of family organisation, social order and hierarchy. South Korea borders the secretive communist dynasty in the north with whom it shares a history of thousands of years but technically at war for the last 60 years.

Mountains are what I love the most in my home country. They 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.
  




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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/