One of the most popular areas for visitors to explore is Insa-dong, filled with antique shops, art galleries, traditional teahouses, restaurants and bookshops.
Mount Namsan, the mountain that stands sentinel in the centre of Seoul, is a popular recreational feature in the city. On the summit there are several attractions to enjoy, including the Maritime Aquarium, botanical gardens, fountains and the charming Seoul Tower.
The Chongmyo Shrine, built in the early 15th century by the founder of the Chosun Dynasty ... More (Tae-jo).
In December 1995, the Chongmyo Shrine was designated a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.
The Children’s Grand Park is one of the largest children's parks in Asia. It includes a zoo, a botanical garden, an amusement park, outdoor concert stages and physical training facilities.
Other great attractions of Seoul include the Kyongbokkung Palace, the Toksugung Palace, the Changdokkung Palace and it's Secret Garden, the 63 Building with IMAX theatre and aquarium, the night market at Dong-Dae Moon, the Achasanseong Fortress and the Thirteenth-century watchtower Dongshipjagak.
Lotte World, Seoul Dream Land and Everland are popular amusement parks located nearby Seoul city.
Seoul is located in north-western South Korea and is circled by mountains on all sides with Namsan (South Mountain) springing up in the centre.
Although the Han River once marked the southern boundary, the city has sprawled across to the southern side with some 2 dozen bridges crossing it and one subway tunnel underneath. Across the Han River the modern city is dominated by Korea's World Trade Center, and the Coex ... More Mall, a shopper's delight.
The name of Seoul comes from the ancient word 'Seorabeol' or 'Seobeol', meaning "capital".
Seoul was an early fortress and a trade centre during the Paekche Kingdom, more than 1,500 years ago.
But the city's true genesis occurred in 1394, when it became the capital of the Chos n Dynasty, which ruled Korea until the country became a colony of Japan in 1910 (the vestiges of the Chos n Dynasty are still today prominent features of the city's landscape).
Seoul became the capital of South Korea in 1948. North Korean forces captured the city on June 28, 1950 during the Korean War. The capital then changed hands several times until UN troops took it in March, 1951, and it became the headquarters of the UN command in Korea.
Today, Seoul has grown into a cosmopolitan city replete with a variety of modern facilities and world renowned shopping areas such as Namdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Market, Itaewon and Insa-dong. The nightlife is brilliant.
Seoul is about 30 miles from Incheon International Airport.
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