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Seoul

Seoul has been the capital of Korea for about 600 years, since the time of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910). Seoul was referred to as “Han Yang” during the Joseon Dynasty, but after the liberation from Japan, in 1945, the newly founded Republic of Korea officially changed its capital city’s name to Seoul. Seoul has developed into a bustling metropolis, acting as the hub for political, economic, social, and cultural matters. The Han River runs through the heart of the city. The river divides the city in two; the northern part of the city is a focal point for culture and history, while the southern part is well known for its business district. Seoul has hosted many international events including: 1986 Asian Games, 1988 Olympic Games and 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup. The success of these events has shown people that Korea is truly an international city. In Seoul you can find ancient palaces and Royal Shrines of the Joseon Dynasty, as well as Seoul World Cup Stadium, 63 CITY building, Lotte World, Han River, Namsan, Bukhansan Mountain National Park, Daehangno, Insa-dong, Itaewon, Myeong-dong, Apgujeong, Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Markets. On the outskirts of Seoul you can find Seoul Land, Everland, Caribbean Bay, The Korean Folk Village, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, and Namhansan Mountain Fortress.

Points of interest

  • Food and Drinks - Seoul is a great place to experience a wide variety of spicy yet mouth-watering foods, especially the local cuisine with its distinctive tastes based on garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper powder and fermented soybean paste. Korean dishes, such as bibimpab (vegetables mixed with rice and hot pepper paste, topped with a cooked egg), kalbi (succulent beef ribs marinated in a special sauce, then char-broiled) and kimchi (Chinese cabbage or radish, salted and impregnated with various spices, including red hot pepper powder and pickled fish sauces), are becoming increasingly popular around the world.
  • 60 Yeouido - dong - Opened in 1985 and standing 63 stories, this building is the tallest in Seoul. It serves as a major attraction from where you can get the best panoramic view of the capital. Within the building, there are offices, restaurants, coffee shops, banquet halls, an aquarium, and an IMAX theater. The aquarium is most impressive. It houses 400 different species with a total of 20,000 fish.
  • Myung-dong Street - One of the most exclusive streets in Seoul. It has quite a lot of nicknames, of which 'Mecca of Fashion', 'Young People's Street,' and 'Golden Place' are the most familiar. More than two million people pass by the expensive boutique shops here every day. Some of the best fashion designers sell their clothes here, such as Prada, Mook and Ssamzie. Each spring and fall, festivals, fashion shows, concerts, and many other various events are held in the street.
  • The Seoul Tower - Built in 1969, located at the peak of Mt. Namsan is 370 meters tall. Seen from every corner of the city, it was originally built for the purpose of broadcasting television and radio signals. However, in 1980, the tower was opened to the public and has since become a favorite tourist attraction. From the observation tower, you get a panoramic view of the bustling city. The Seoul Tower complex also houses several exhibition halls. You can reach the base by cable car, car or by even hiking.

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