Korea (or North Korea and South Korea)

Quick Facts

Map of Korea
Population: 24,051,218 (North) 48,758,000 (South)
Languages: Korean
Climate: Temperate, with more rain in summer than winter.
Captial City: Pyong Yang (North) and Seoul (South)


  • Tombs from the later period of the Koguryo Kingdom (3rd century BC to 7th century AD), some of which have beautiful wall paintings. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004. (North Korea)
  • Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes – World Heritage Listed in 2007. It has three major sites: a lava tube system of caves with multicoloured ceilings and floors and dark walls; an ashy volcanic cone; and Hallasan, the highest volcano in Korea, with waterfalls and a lake-filled crater.
  • Jongmyo Shrine – the oldest preserved Confucian royal shrine in Korea. It has existed in its current form since the 16th century.

The Eurasian Water Shrew

Habitat: Semi-aquatic. Stream banks, sea shores, marshes, bogs, ponds, rivers, reed beds, especially watercress beds. Occasionally damp woodlands and under hedgerows.
Diet: Carnivorous, hunting almost entirely in the water. Diet includes snails and other molluscs, freshwater insects, small fish and small amphibians. Weakens prey with a venomous bite.
Classification and relatives: Mammal, shrew. Although shrews look like rodents, they are not. Shrews belong to a different class and are more closely related to moles. The Eurasian Water Shrew’s closest relatives include the Mediterranean Water Shrew and the Transcaucasian Water Shrew. It is one of few venomous mammals.
Endangered status: Not endangered
Lifespan: Maximum recorded lifespan in captivity is 3.1 years.