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City Hopper: Seoul, South Korea

December 21, 2013
Downtown Seoul, South Korea

Downtown Seoul, South Korea

Officially known as the Seoul Special City — Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of more than 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the developed world. Seoul proper is noted for its population density, which is almost twice that of New York and eight times greater than Rome. Nearly all of Seoul’s residents are Korean, with some small Chinese, Japanese, and expatriate minorities.

Banpo Bridge, Seoul, South Korea

Banpo Bridge, Seoul, South Korea

As the headquarters for Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia and SK, Seoul has become a major business hub. Although it accounts for only 0.6 percent of South Korea’s land area, Seoul generates 21 percent of the country’s GDP. There is a large concentration of international companies that are headquartered in Seoul.

Samsung Headquarters, Seoul, South Korea

Samsung Headquarters, Seoul, South Korea

The largest market in South Korea, the Dongdaemun Market, is located in Seoul. Myeongdong is a shopping and entertainment area in downtown Seoul with mid- to high-end stores, fashion boutiques and international brand outlets. The nearby Namdaemun Market, named after the Namdaemun Gate, is the oldest continually running market in Seoul. Sinchon is a shopping area that caters mainly to a younger and university student crowd.

The Affluent Gangnam district, Seoul, South Korea

The Affluent Gangnam district, Seoul, South Korea

The Gangnam district is one of the most affluent areas in Seoul and is noted for the fashionable and upscale Apgujeong-dong and Cheongdam-dong areas and the COEX Mall. Most people now might have heard of Gangnam because of the Korean pop song titled ‘Gangnam Style’ by PSY. See video below.

There are many things to do in Seoul, among them are the over 100 museums in the city such as the National Museum of Korea, the National Folk Museum on the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the Seoul Museum of Art.

The National Museum of Korea, Seoul

The National Museum of Korea, Seoul

There are also many parks in Seoul, among them Namsan Park offers hiking, recreation and views of the downtown Seoul skyline. The N Seoul Tower is located here.

Seoul Tower

North Seoul Tower in Namsan Park

Seoul Olympic Park is located in Songpa District and was built to host the 1988 Summer Olympics. The Wongaksa Pagoda 10 tier pagoda is situated In Tapgol Park, a small public park with an area of 19,599 m2 (210,962 sq ft).

If you would like to read some of my other blogs about Korea click on the links below:

Culinary: Korean Food (18 December, 2013)

Regional Adventures: Jeju, South Korea (14 December, 2013)

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