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    May.24, 2018


About Seoul, Korea

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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 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 (Gangnam) is well known for its business district.

Spring in Seoul

Springtime is arguably Seoul's most beautiful season. The city erupts with budding trees and blooming flowers, including cherry blossoms. The weather is also quite lovely, with high temperatures hovering between 12℃ and 20℃. But this is the season when the temperature drops sharply after nightfall.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites

Korea's Cultural Heritage conveys a genuine sentiment of simplicity and peacefulness. The historical background of the heritage is diverse, encompassing the history of Korea from ancient times (Dolmen sites) to the Joseon Dynasty. The sites embody a wide variety of values from tidy and neat artistic spirit to scientific rationality as witnessed in such traditional constructions as a royal palaces or temples.

Changdeokgung Palace

Jongmyo Shrine

Royal Tombs

Korean Cuisine

Hansik refers to traditional Korean food, centered around rice, served alongside a bowl of soup and a variety of side dishes. Most foods use meat and vegetables as the main ingredients, and are soaked in a brine or water rather than fried in oil, making hansik wonderful for one’s health. Hansik’s most outstanding feature is the amount of fermented foods, which are beneficial in improving digestion, as well as preventing cancer. The most well-known fermented foods is kimchi (fermented cabbage).

* What to Eat

kimchi (View)

Bibimbap (View)

Bulgogi (View)

Royal Cuisine (View)

Traditional Liquors & Wines (View)

Bunsik (View)

The Korean Wave, 韓流

The Korean wave refers to the phenomenon of Korean entertainment and popular culture rolling over the world with pop music, TV dramas, and movies. Also known as "Hallyu" in Korean, the term was first coined by the Chinese press in the late 1990s to describe the growing popularity of Korean pop culture in China. The K-wave now widely used to refer to the popularity of Korean entertainment and culture across Asia and other parts of the world. Also, the K-wave craze has expanded to Korean traditional culture, food, literature and language, creating more and more enthusiasts.

Top 10 Attractions in Seoul

The center of Korea, Seoul offers everything to delight its visitors. From cutting edge technology and trend-setting culture to remarkable history and traditions, from shopping centers to beautiful nature, Seoul's attractions colorfully come together to engage all five senses. Seoul is an ancient city where history and traditions live on, and meet the modern in unusal scenery. The city abounds with superb destinations that offer novel experiences as well as leisure. Top 10 Attractions are recommended and introduced as below.

Myeong-dong : a shopping mecca

Gyeonbokgung Palace : a historic site

Dongdaemun Market : a hot place for fashion

Mt. Namsan Park : a place for viewing

Insa-dong : traditional charm

Namdaemun Market : the largest traditional market

Seoul City Wall : a scenic way to explore the city.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza : the latest and hottest exhibitions

Hongdae : an area of indie culture and art

Cheonggyecheon Stream : a downtown leisure spot