South Korea is an economic dynamo of East Asia, engaged in head-to-head competition with Japan and nipping at the heels of gargantuan China. The East Asian nation — officially, the Republic of Korea (ROK) — is one of the “Four Little Tigers” of the region, along with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has come into its own since the 1980s as a First World democracy with a strong middle class and a vibrant technological sector powering what is now the world's 12th largest economy. ...


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