Overview: In 2018 South Korea was the number 12 economy in the world in terms of GDP (current US$), the number 5 in total exports, the number 10 in total imports,
the number 34 economy in terms of GDP per capita (current US$) and the number 5 most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI)
Exports: The top exports of South Korea are Integrated Circuits ($113B), Refined Petroleum ($43.6B), Cars ($38.7B), Vehicle Parts ($19B), and Office Machine Parts ($18.8B), exporting mostly to China ($160B), United States ($73.1B), Vietnam ($48.6B), Hong Kong ($44.5B), and Japan ($30.8B).
In 2018, South Korea was the world's biggest exporter of Integrated Circuits ($113B), Passenger and Cargo Ships ($15.8B), Cyclic Hydrocarbons ($11.4B), Special Purpose Ships ($7.43B), and Electrical Parts ($4.34B)
Imports: The top imports of South Korea are Crude Petroleum ($74.8B), Integrated Circuits ($32B), Petroleum Gas ($23B), Refined Petroleum ($20.2B), and Coal Briquettes ($14.1B), importing mostly from China ($107B), United States ($55.8B), Japan ($51.5B), Saudi Arabia ($23.5B), and Germany ($20.4B).
In 2018, South Korea was the world's biggest importer of Photo Lab Equipment ($11.8B), Inorganic Compounds ($1.28B), Cobalt Oxides and Hydroxides ($852M), Carbonates ($729M), Refractory Bricks ($235M)
Location: South Korea borders North Korea by land and China and Japan by sea.