The City of Seoul

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Given these facts, it is no surprise that Seoul constitutes the centre of all political, economic, and cultural activities in South Korea and beyond. In and around Seoul is the largest concentration of the nation’s industries. As the hub of South Korea’s transportation networks, the capital area serves as South Korea’s gateway to the world. Furthermore, Seoul is considered to be a leading global city, as it is one of the world’s top ten financial and commercial centres and home to major multinational corporations such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia. In addition, Seoul has a highly technologically advanced infrastructure, which, for instance, makes the city a global pioneer in high-speed mobile internet and broadband penetration.

As a city of this magnitude and due to the fascinating coexistence of past and present, Seoul offers a huge variety of attractions, events and activities. There are not less than four UNESCO World Heritages, like the Changdeokgung Royal Palace, in Seoul. A diverse cultural and arts scene has traditionally been cultivated very much in Korea. Of course, Seoul offers a vibrant nightlife, with arguably the most 24-hour restaurants in the world, the Dongdaemun and Namdaemun night markets, and as well clubbing and bar districts featuring a great variety of music.

Seoul has been a major settlement for over 2,000 years, with its foundation dating back to 18 B.C. when Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, established its capital in what is now south-east Seoul. It continued as the capital of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire.

Obviously, we can only cover a small glimpse of what makes Seoul such an extraordinary city, for further information please visit Seoul's official web page.