The fifth most populous country in the world (Total population: 207 million, as of 2017, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics)
About 97% of the population are Muslim.
It has beautiful natural landscapes with many mountains.
It has the highest highway in the world.
This country is Pakistan.
Despite their apparent differences, Pakistan and Korea share similar food and cultural heritage.
People in Pakistan and its neighboring countries, including India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nepal, enjoy eating pickled vegetables called Achar. People make achar at home by soaking assorted vegetables and fruits, such as mangos, carrots, and chilies, in salt and spices.
Similar to achar, Korea’s national dish Kimchi is made by fermenting vegetables, such as cabbage and radish, in salt and spices. Kimchi was recognized as one of the world’s five healthiest foods by America’s Health Magazine, for its immune-boosting, cancer-fighting, and heart-health benefits. There are over 300 types of Kimchi, depending on its ingredients and preparation. Kimjang, Korea’s Kimchi-making tradition, was inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List in 2013.
Rohtas Fort in Pakistan is a fort built in 1541 by Emperor Sher Shah Suri, after defeating the Mughal emperor Humayun. It is an exceptional example of Muslim military architecture in Central and South Asia, preserved in its original form. Built on a strategic site on a high hill in northern Pakistan, the fort boasts expansive views. Rohtas Fort was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997, as Pakistan’s sixth addition to the list.
Namhansanseong Fortress in the city of Gwangju in Gyeonggido province, Korea, was initially built and named Jujang Fortress in 672 during the reign of King Munmu of Unified Silla. It was rebuilt and named Gwangju Fortress during Goryeo, and then rebuilt again and named Namhansanseong Fortress during Joseon. The fortress strategically used rough terrain to build 12.4km-long walls and military buildings. The pine tree forest inside the fortress has a high preservation value as the largest pine tree habitat in the Seoul metropolitan area. Considered the best-fortified fortress in Korea, Namhansanseong was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2014.