Korean Background

Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is an East Asian territory with the population of 75 million people. The 38th parallel divides the territory into two sovereign countries: North Korea with the capital of Pyongyang, and South Korea with the capital of Seoul. The division came to pass at the end of WW II when the former Soviet Union and the US divided the territory, and as the Cold War progressed, South Korea supported by the US bloomed, whereas North Korea led by Kim Jong-il with the support of Russian and Chinese totalitarian regimes declined and isolated itself against the world. Modern South Korea is famous for its national sport of taekwondo, Korean barbecue, and business titans such as Daewoo and Hyundai. As a part of the Altaic language family, Korean has its own Korean alphabet called Hangul script. In Korean naming tradition, family name is followed by given name and currently there are only about 250 family names, the most frequent being Kim, Lee and Park. Parents all over the world choose Korean baby names for their profound etymology, and ancient ancestry.