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Koreans are an ancient people and can trace their history back thousands of years; they are a homogenous people, sharing a common culture, although there are regional differences. Their language is considered part of the Tungusic branch of the Altaic group of the Ural-Altaic language family. It also has a close relationship to Japanese in general structure, grammar, and vocabulary. The form of Korean spoken around Seoul is regarded as standard - regional dialects differ mainly in accent and intonation. Except for the old Cheju dialect, all are mutually intelligible. Korean is written with a unique phonetic script, Han'gul, which was developed in the mid-15th century under the patronage of King Sejong.

Guard, Gyeongbokgung
 
On the throne
 
Posing in period costume
 
Posing in period costume
 
Calligraphy in Hangeul
 
Playing with a top
 
Playing ''Tuko''
 
Boys playing
 
Gwangjang food stall
 
Cheonggyecheon stream
 
Jongmyo Daeje participant
 
Jongmyo Daeje participants
 
School class walking
 
Shoe maker
 
Elementary school children
 
Preschool class
 
Ice cream vendor
 
Martial arts at Hwaseong Haenggung
 
Martial arts performers
 
Posing with a guard
 
Supporters election candidate
 
Children posing at display
 
Photographing the kids
 
Young hikers
 
Children, Gyeongju Museum
 
Children's cars, Bomun
 
Playing  ''Tuko''
 
Free coffee and tea
 
Photographing tourists
 
School excursion
 
Monk with boys
 
Nets and ropes
 
Horse rides for kids
 
A Haenyeo diver
 
Haenyeo selling seafood
 
Geumjongsan cable car
 

Koreans cherish their tradition, culture and history and this is frequently displayed, like in re-enactments of "Changing of the Guard" ceremonies or Martial Arts displays in period costumes at the Palaces, now painstakingly restored, the Confucian Jongmyo Daeje Ceremony honouring the spirits of past rulers and visits to historic sites. Well-behaved groups of school children visit museums, temples and palaces, and learn to play ancient games, often while recording everything on their smart phones: South Koreans are some of the most technology savvy people in the world.