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In South Korea the school year runs from March until February, with summer holidays in July and winter holidays in December. A typical school day runs from 8am to 4pm, and students attend school five days a week. Older students are sometimes required to stay later as self-directed study (yaja) and studying at after-school hagwons is taken more seriously than in Australia. Key subjects in high schools include Korean, mathematics, English, Korean history, social studies, science, science exploration and experiments, physical education, arts, and electives including technology, home economics, Chinese characters, a second foreign language, and liberal arts.
The official language of South Korea is, you guessed it, Korean, with different dialects depending on the region. Due to difficulties learning traditional Chinese characters, a unique phonetic alphabet was created that contain phonetically pronounced letters in a way similar to the Latin alphabet. This makes the language easier to learn while also being connected to the unique characters!
South Korea has four distinct seasons throughout the year with long, cold winters and short, hot summers with temperatures ranging from -5 degrees in winter to 25 degrees in summer. Main rainfall occurs between June and September.
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between 1 to 2 hours ahead of South Korea.