Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. The demographic of Seoul is bordered by eight mountains, as well as the much popular, Han River.
Located at the heart of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul has always been an important strategic point throughout the centuries in terms of defence and the economy, from one kingdom to the next.
The three kingdoms of Baekje, Goguryeo, and Silla (BCE 57 - CE 688) all fought over the area that is now Korea's capital. Indeed, whichever kingdom claimed Seoul became the dominant power.
The Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1910) declared Seoul its capital, a role that Seoul still playing. Today, Seoul is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River.
Seoul has a lot to offer not only in terms of history but also in economy, culture and sports. Seoul economy was ranked as the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$635 billion in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles.
Although Seoul is vastly developed, it is also deeply traditional. This dynamic city mashes up temples, palaces, cutting-edge design and mountain trails, all to a nonstop K-Pop beat.
You can shop until you drop at the Myeongdong street, and enjoy the best combination of fried chicken and beer, which you cannot find in other places.
As with its long history, you can also visit the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon.