Basic history

Korean War (1950 - 1953) the countries involved and the cost of life each country paid.

Korean War  (1950  – 1953) & countries involved

The Korean war cost the lives of some 2.5 million people.  It was fought between the North Koreans aided by (Soviet Union and China) and South Korea with support from the (USA and United Nations).

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Street fighting in Seoul

Korea is still a divided country at the 38th parallel and considered by many countries from the world to be a hostile country.

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North Korean refugees 1950

The cost of this war can be seen below:

north-korea-1151137__340 North Korea – Military dead/missing – 217,000                                                                                                           Civilian deaths – 600,000                                                                                                                       Military wounded – 1,500,000

julia-roberts-1424985__340 South Korea – Military dead/missing – 217,000                                                                                                           Civilian deaths – 1,000,000                                                                                                                     Military wounded – 429,000

china-2306580__340 China – Military wounded – 716,000                                                                                                                 Civilian deaths – 600,000

usa-2007460__340 USA – Military dead/missing – 36,000                                                                                                            Military wounded – 103,000

australia-28586__340 Australia – Military dead/missing – 1,500

canada-159585__340 Canada – Military dead/missing – 516

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Korean War, Armistice Agreement is signed 1953

South Korea can be easily visited, however, North Korea is a different matter.  I would suggest checking with your embassy prior to travelling to North Korea.

Although I have travelled around Asia and visited many of its countries, Korea is on my wish list.

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