|Korea ("Han'guk" for South Koreans) was an independent kingdom under Chinese suzerainty, a republic after World War II and today is a fully functioning modern democracy. Since the early 1960's, South Korea has achieved an incredible record of growth and integration into the high-tech modern world economy. There are 9 provinces and 7 metropolitan cities with a population of over one million. Seoul, the capital of Korea, is the urban center, having 10 million residents. There are about 3,000 islands belonging to Korea, the largest Jejudo Island of volcanic origin is famous for its numerous hills, beautiful gorges and dramatic waterfalls.