Seoul, the Capital of Korea

Seoul, the Capital of Korea

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.

Culture

Culture

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.

Environment

Environment

Seoul is a city that takes environment into deep consideration, centering on Cheonggyecheon Stream and the Hangang River.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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.

Dining

Dining

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.

For further information, please visit http://english.visitseoul.net