Seoul is the capital of the Republic of Korea, and the largest city center in the developed world. Nearly 10 million call Seoul home, representing 20% of the entire population of Korea.
Economy Seoul and Korea at large experienced rapid growth following the end of the Korean War in 1953. In just sixty years, Korea has risen from war-torn poverty to become one of the world’s 20 largest economies, valued at over $1.4 trillion USD. The average Korean has a per-capita GDP of USD 30,000, and some of the world’s largest companies come from Korea, including Samsung, Hyundai and LG.
Infrastructure Seoul boasts one of the world’s most comprehensive and easy-to-use public transportation systems, including subways, high-speed rail, electric buses, and more. Wireless access is available citywide, including in moving subway cars and taxis. The city has over 30,000 hotel rooms in total, of which 7,500 are within 5 kilometers of Coex Convention Center. Many world-famous events have been hosted in Seoul including the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, G20 Summit, and Nuclear Security Summit. Seoul is ranked as one of the top 5 international event destination cities in the world by the Union of International Associations and was voted the Best Business Travel MICE City in 2011.
History and Architecture As capital of Korea for 600 years, Seoul epitomizes the intersection of tradition and modernity, with ancient palaces, fortresses, temples, and tombs standing side-by-side with some of the world’s most impressive skyscrapers and city structures. There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city proper.
Environment Seoul sits in a natural basin, surrounded by mountains and split down the middle by the majestic Han River. The city lies in a humid continental climate and experiences four distinct seasons.
To learn more about Seoul, please visit websites of the Seoul Tourism Organization or the Seoul MICE Bureau: