Country Profile

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.

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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.

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: 146,545
  • 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: Respect for elders is a big 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
Toronto, ON
M5R 2S2 

540 Finch Avenue West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
M2R 1N7

Phone: 416-340-1234 

Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation 
5848 Yonge Street, PO Box 45060
Toronto ON
M2M 4K3 

Korean Canadian Cultural Association
1133 Leslie Street
Toronto, ON
M3C 2J6

Phone: 416-383-0777

3) Church Information

Light Presbyterian Church
6965 Professional Court
Mississauga, ON
L4V 1Y3

Phone: 905-677-7729

455 Huron Street
Toronto, ON
M5R 3P2

Phone: 647-436-1977 

YoungNak Presbyterian Church of Toronto
650 McNicoll Avenue
Toronto, ON
M2H 2E1

Phone: 416-494-0191

MilAl Church
405 Gordon Baker Road
Toronto, ON
M2H 2S6

Phone: 416-226-4190

Vaughn Community Church
200 Racco Parkway
Thornhill, ON
L4J 8X9
Phone: 905-881-2999

Yum Kwang Presbyterian Church
2850 John Street
Markham, ON
L3R 2W4

Phone: 905-415-9115

Alpha Korean United Church
300 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
M5S 1W3

Phone: 416-927-9292

Onnuri Korean United Church
63 Dunblaine Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5M 2S2

Phone: 416-440-4106

Korean Christian Fellowship at the University of Toronto

4) Korean Testimony

Listen to testimony in Korean


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