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.
The city of Seoul cherishes its heritage and carefully maintains its historical monuments, royal palaces and temples. In addition, Seoul is a city on the move, constantly revitalizing itself, balancing ultra-modern renewal with careful restoration of its ancient buildings and preservation of the environment. The mountains surrounding Seoul are breathtaking and the Han River flowing through the center of the city offers scenic recreational escapes.
Here in Seoul, Changdeokgung & Seoul you will find a harmony of the past and present, history and future, culture, economy and environment. Seoul is a global city that blends the culture of yesterday with the trends of today and the hopes of tomorrow.
The city has over 700 museums, including the National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum, which all contain countless number of articles, a number of performance centers, such as the Sejong Center for Performing Arts, National Theater and more, and has over 400 galleries which all the people to see various art works.
In Seoul, various traditional or traditional aristocratic cultures can be met. Visit Gyeongbokgung which is the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty in 1395. You can experience the life of the past in the Bukchon Hanok Village.
Tradition is not the only thing which can be met in Seoul. There is a wide range of modern and fusion culture of the West and the East, along with up-to-date, cutting edge technology, and a number of world class performances, including "NANTA," "JUMP" and B-boy performances.
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) are also widely used as a cultural ground.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Seoul is home of 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Jongmyo (Royal Shrine), Changdeokgung (Palace), Jeongneung (A Royal Tomb), Taereung and Gangreung (Royal tombs), Seonjeongneung (Tomb) and 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 Kimchi, Galbi or Bibimbap, but also taste variety of world cuisines.
* For more information on Seoul, please visit at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr