South Korean president forced to step down

South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye, has been removed from office by the country’s Constitutional Court. The country’s prime minister is the acting president. Elections are expected to be held in May to choose the next president.

 

 

Park (image) was accused of giving classified information to her friend, Choi Soon-sil. Choi used the information and her connection with Park to meddle in government affairs and to get lots of money from businesses in South Korea. Choi is being tried for her crimes. Park was the country’s first female president, and is now also the first democratically elected leader to be forced to step down. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee who was South Korea’s leader from 1961 to 1979.

 

The official home of the president is called the Blue House (image), and is located in Seoul, the country’s capital. South Korea is known for its fancy electronics, robots, cars, and ships. Korean is the official language. The Korean alphabet is called Hangul. A popular Korean dish is bibimbap, a rice dish with different vegetables, meats, egg, and chilli paste on top. Another popular Korean food is kimchi, a dish made of pickled vegetables. Taekwondo is a form of martial arts that originates from Korea. A music genre that’s very popular in South Korea is K-pop (Korean pop).

South Korea and its northern neighbor, North Korea, used to be part of one country called Korea. A line in the middle was drawn and two countries, North and South Korea, were created in 1948. The line was called the 38th Parallel since it was at the latitude 38 degrees north.

Here is a video about Park and Choi.

Image Credits: Rishabh Tatiraju for the image of the 38th parallel, Steve46814and Humorahead01 for the image of the Blue House, Korea.net for Park’s image and the flag image
Sources: BBC, http://www.korea.net, https://www.britannica.com