Seoul has been the center of politics, economy, culture and transportation of Korea for six centuries since King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, who moved the capital to Seoul in the 3rd year (1394) of his reign.

Today, a quarter of the country’s population live in Seoul, which serves as the core of all branches of knowledge. Seoul preserves numerous relics of the Joseon Dynasty: Heunginjimun (Dongdaemun) and Sungnyemun (Namdaemun) gates; five extant palaces, namely Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Gyeonghuigung; royal tombs, including Hongneung and Seonjeongneung; as well as the Sung Kyun Kwan Confucian School.

The city’s legacy winds through its labyrinthine alleys, and Seoul has risen to a global landmark of modernity with many must-see attractions: Lotte World Amusement Park; emporiums; jazz bars; cafes, casinos, etc. All of these make Seoul a favorite destination among visitors and a place where even the most seasoned travelers look forward to visiting again.


source: Korea Travel Guide


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