Seoul, the Capital of Korea
Seoul is a fast-moving modern metropolis and one of the largest cities in the world. Home to over 10 million citizens, it is a friendly city that is easy to get around.
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 Hangang 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.
Seoul is also filled with cultural spaces in countless parts of the city center. Daehakro and Hongdae are known as the representative outdoor cultural spaces in Seoul, and the Citizen’s Park near the Hangang River is also widely used as a cultural ground.
Seoul is a city that takes environment into deep consideration, centering on Cheonggyecheon Stream and the Hangang River.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Seoul is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Jongmyo Royal Shrine, Changdeokgung Palace, Jeongneung Royal Tomb Taereung and Gangreung Royal Tombs, Seonjeongneung Tomb and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
Visitors to Seoul often name Korean cuisine as one of the memorable highlights of their trip. You can enjoy not only Gimchi, Galbi or Bibimbap, but also taste a wide variety of world cuisines.