Location: South Korea is located in eastern Asia, between China and Japan. South Korea borders North Korea, and three sides of the country are surrounded by the seas.
Population: 48.9 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Korean, foreign workers mainly from China and south Asian countries.
Languages: Korean (official), English (widely taught in junior high and high school)
Religions: Christian - 31.6% (Protestant, Roman Catholic), Buddhist - 24.2%, other or unknown - 0.9%, none - 43.3%
South Korea was a poor nation in 1953, but transformed into one of the world's largest economies through rapid industrialization. Today, South Korea has a highly educated workforce. Despite the recent success (especially economic success) of South Korea, the issue of North Korea cannot be ignored. Any conflict with North Korea would immediately affect millions. If North Korea were to collapse (which seems not unlikely) it would be a massive challenge for South Korea to provide humanitarian aid.
There is complete religious freedom in South Korea. Although the growth of the Korean Church has stagnated as of late, Christians still make up a significant portion of South Korea's population. South Korea is also home to a sizable Buddhist population, while others adhere to Confucianism or other religions.
South Koreans in the GTA
1) South Korean Population
Number of South Koreans:
- In Canada: 146,550
- In the GTA: 57,235
- In the City of Toronto: 30,235
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas): Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Mississauga, City of Toronto (North York & Etobicoke-Lakeshore)
Communication Style and Interpersonal Relations: Eye contact should be avoided when talking to elders in South Korea. Respect for elders is an enormous part of Korean culture. In general, when in South Korea, a good rule of thumb is to offer and receive items (such as a business card or something purchased from a store) with two hands.
2) Social and Settlement Services in the GTA
Korean Canadian Woman Association - Family and Social Services
27 Madison Avenue
540 Finch Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation
5848 Yonge Street, PO Box 45060
Korean Canadian Cultural Association
1133 Leslie Street
3) Church Information
Light Presbyterian Church
6965 Professional Court
455 Huron Street
YoungNak Presbyterian Church of Toronto
650 McNicoll Avenue
405 Gordon Baker Road
Vaughn Community Church
200 Racco Parkway
Yum Kwang Presbyterian Church
2850 John Street
Alpha Korean United Church
300 Bloor Street West
Onnuri Korean United Church
63 Dunblaine Avenue
4) Korean Testimony
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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Korea, Republic of. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
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South Koreans. (2009). In Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Retrieved July 16, 2014, from
Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from