About Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is the second largest metropolitan area in the world after Tokyo, with over 25 million inhabitants.  Over half of Korea's population is living in Seoul greater metropolitan area.  The population of the city itself is 10.5 million.

 

Seoul is divided by the Han River and surrounded by stony-crested mountains and harsh, yet beautiful landscapes.

 

Seoul is the centre of politics, finance, culture, and creativity.

Seoul became the capital city with the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty in 1394, and in 1946, Seoul was re-affirmed as the capital city when the Republic of Korea was founded.

 

Following the Korean War (which ended in 1953), the city lay in ruins.  Its regeneration and growth since then has been remarkable.  It is now one of the world’s most advanced, high-tech, creative, prosperous, and efficient cities.  Its international Incheon Airport is consistently voted as the second best airport in the world (behind Singapore).