Since the formation of their early kingdom in 1392, the people of Korea called their country “Choson,” meaning “land of the morning calm.” In the mid-19th century, however, another name came into use – Korea. The new term was a reference to the Koryo Dynasty (935-1392). Korea (Koryo) means “land of high mountains and sparkling springs,” and became the
official name of the country following World War II. At that point (1945), Korea was liberated from 35 years of Japanese rule and was partitioned into northern (Soviet control) and southern (U.S. control) sectors to facilitate the Japanese surrender. In 1948 the southern section formed the Republic of Korea and became democratic. Following the Korean War of 1950-53, the demarcation line remained approximately the same.
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