Seoul is a fast-moving modern metropolis and one of the largest cities in the world. Home to over 10 million citizens,
it is a friendly city that is easy to get around.
Seoul has been the capital of Korea for about 600 years since the time of
the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Seoul was referred to as "Han Yang" during
the Joseon Dynasty, but after the liberation from Japan in 1945, the newly
founded Republic of Korea officially changed its capital city's name to Seoul.
Seoul has developed into a bustling metropolis, acting as the hub for political,
economic, social and cultural matters.
The Hangang 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 is well known for
its business district.
Seoul has hosted many international events including:
1986 Asian Games, 1988 Olympic Games and 2002 Korea/Japan
FIFA World Cup. The success of these events has shown people that
Korea is truly an international city.