Much, if not all of the country was mountainous and covered with forests and other
vegetation. The wars had taken their toll on this, much of it credited from the Japanese
government. When South Korea freed its land from Japanese control, they went to work to
replace the forests that were lost. Close to 20 national parks are now reserved, with a few
virgin forests remaining in the mix. South Korea also has four seasons, with a wet
monsoon/summer in the middle of the year. Cheju-do Island off the south coast is the warmest
and wettest place in the country. Despite the rainy season, the climate is very similar to
the weather here in the southern-midwest of the US.