The West Sea is far better known abroad as the “Yellow Sea”, a reference to the vast quantity of silt deposited into it by the Yellow River, which flows from the Chinese desert. Be warned that few Koreans will take kindly to this term, even though it’s the accepted international name; there’s nowhere near the intensity of debate that the East Sea/Sea of Japan on the other side of the country has inspired (see Victims of nautical nomenclature), but those who want to stay on the better side of their Korean friends should refer to the body of water off the Gyeonggi coast as the “West Sea”, or even better, the Korean name, Seohae (서해).

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