Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea, is located in the Midwest of the Korean Peninsula. Situated on the Han River, it has more than 10 million inhabitants from all over the country and around the world.
It has been an area of strategic importance, particularly in the realms of politics, economics, society and culture. It was designated as Korea’s capital city at the advent of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Since then, the city has continued to grow to become the largest in the country.
Seoul hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1988 and the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
In the heart of Seoul stand royal palaces designated as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and high-tech buildings occupied by global institutions. Asia’s largest underground street shopping mall lies near the 15th century royal tombs. The vast subway system transports millions of passengers daily to their destination.
Seoul is traditional yet modern, the cultural heritage is coexisting with modernity in this capital of over 600 years.