Seoul is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Korea. With a population over 10 million people it is by far the world’s most densely populated city among OECD nations and its metropolitan population is the second largest in the world after Tokyo. Seoul is the home of almost half of South Korea’s population and has therefore naturally become the country’s economic, political and cultural center.
Seoul is located in the western region of the Korean peninsula on the might Han River than runs through the center of Seoul. Seoul became a capital city in 18 BC when one of the three kingdoms at the time, Baekje established Seoul as the centre of its rich and brilliant culture.
Seoul is today home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeokgung, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. They are symbols of Seoul’s millennium long history as the center of Korean history.
Seoul’s worldwide known rapid economic development has made it a Global City and Alpha World City, raking 9th in 2008 Global Cities Index, as well as the world’s sixth most economically powerful city by Forbes.
Seoul is home to South Korean multinational companies like Samsung, Hyundai, LG and SK Telecom. Seoul is considered to be the most wired city in the world with the world’s highest broadband penetration. Seoul has been designated as the 2012 World Design Capital.
Seoul – the Soul of Asia.
Being the second largest metropolitan area in the world with its 23 million people and its impressive economic development the last 20 years, Seoul has definitely become one of the cities in the world to be in. A fusion of skyscrapers, an ultra modern transportation system, traditional markets, restaurants wherever you turn your eyes and a nightlife like no other city this bustling city has something to offer for everyone.
Districts: 25 gu
Area: 605.25 km2 (233.7 sq mi)
City Population: 10,464,051
Metropolitan Population: 24,472,063
Currency: Korean Won (KRW)
Area code: 02 (country code +82)
Time zone: Korea Standard Time (UTC +9)
Airports: Incheon International Airport and Gimpo Airport
Climate: Humid continental
Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity
Mobile ownserhip: 78%
Internet penetration: 91.8% (highest in the world)
Foreign population: 229,072 (2007)
Marriages per day: 203
Divorces per day: 67
Daily number of people that use subway: 6,215,000
One of the safest places to travel thanks to low crime rate
World’s 5th most expensive city and Asia’s 2nd most expensive city
Best English speakers among Asian countries that do not have English as an official language (TOEIC average test score results)
Second largest metropolitan area in the world
World’s 6th most economically powerful city (Forbes)