-impact will the world 2002 cup have on
Korea's tourist industry
Korea wants to duplicate the success it had with Olympics 88. Their 'Visit Korea 2001' was an attempt to drum up publicity for the nation prior to World Cup 2k2. It will no doubt have an impact on the industry, as motels and hotels have gone extensive modernization in recent months/years to accomodate foreigners. I heard hiring temps (with foreign language skills) is going to explode in the next few months in anticipation of the event- no surprises there. More lasting effects will be felt in other areas other than tourism industry.
-Korea's relationship with neighbouring countries
It's a little fragile now. Ever since Japan let textbooks that downplayed their imperial ambitions and their wrongdoings. This is not just the case with Korea- China is ticked off as well. Japanese government has persisited that they have no control over textbooks made by private enterprises, but Koreans (and other Asians) want Japan to stop bullsh*tting in their textbooks.
Relationship with North counterpart has softened a little, but is nonetheless uneasy. I know many people who resent South's warm policy towards north, and I tend to agree with them on certain points. Moving on...
China has been a decent partner. Investment in China has skyrocketed despite the Asian flu. There's been some rumblings around the region around N. Korea border about fraudulent activities of S. Koreans taking advantage of desperate Korean-Chinese, but it hasn't affected S.Korea-China relationship to a significant degree- yet.
-Its land useage
Mostly rugged, mountainous. Lots of fertile farmland, but urbanization has been taking over much prime agricultural land. A city of 500,000 people wouldn't even be considered a major city in Korea.
Suffering due to Asian flu- still. KOSDAQ (Korean version of Nasdaq) has been on the rebound as of late, and foreign investment in the country has been going through the roof. Wealthy are still well-enough to attract foreign interests, and some prime real estates have been going to foreign bidders. Lots of companies have been separated from Chebol umbrella to die off own their on or live. So far, it has resulted in collapse of several Chebols, but they're moving in the right direction. You can find a lot of articles on this, and I can provide you with a link to a site if you are interested. NY University Prof, whose name I forget, has some excellent writings on this topic.
Good luck with your essay.