Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. Seoul was the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$635.4 billion in 2,014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. As headquarters for some of the world’s top corporations such as Samsung, LG Group, Hyundai, and Kia Motors, the service sector in Seoul has thrived, bringing development and a healthy economy to the country as a whole. As the birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave, Seoul received over 10,000,000 international visitors in 2,014, making it the world's 9th most visited city and 4th largest earner in tourism. Seoul has a humid subtropical climate but being in the extreme East Asia, the climate can be described as humid continental with great variation of the precipitation throughout the year and warm to hot summer. The suburbs of Seoul are generally cooler than the center of Seoul because of the urban heat island effect. Summers are generally hot and humid and winters are usually cold to freezing. Generally much drier than summers and snow in winter annually.
1. Digital HeavenOnce a giant landfill, Seoul's Digital Media City's 557,00 square meters of electronic nirvana is the home for broadcasting, film production, games, telecom companies, cable channels, online shopping centers and e-learning. The 133 floor Digital Media City Landmark Building, slated for completion in 2015, will become the second-tallest building in the world after Dubai's Burj Khalifa and it is a no joke greatness that Seoul can gain. It is happen because Seoul facilitate the city in super connection that judged to have the world’s fastest internet connection speed for the 12th. Aside of great connection and facilities, it also happen to the internet phone. However, it is not impact to the bill that much. For a low monthly fee, you can sign up for an 070 internet phone that gives you free wireless and free calls to other 070 phones. It is like Skype with a hand-held phone. Cheap rates on international calls clinch make easier also for the international tourist to keep access to the world with their short time in South Korea, especially in Seoul.
2. Kingdom of Beautiful Man and WomanIt is not a surprise if you ever visit South Korean or specifically Seoul you will meet there are so many beautiful women and men everywhere. Seoul as the home for Kpop world has decorate its city with so many idol face everywhere, not only that you can meet so many non celeb beauty on the street too. South Korea, which offers some of the world's best skincare products, has also been reported to have the highest per capita rate of cosmetic surgery in the world, with one in three women in the country aged between 19 and 29 reported to have gone the procedure, according to a 2,015 survey by Gallup Korea. The most popular procedures were reported to be eyelid surgeries. It is not uncommon issue at all about the cosmetics surgery, most people come to Korea want for having this treatment and can be said it is already become tourist destiny also. The streets of Gangnam, the capital’s upmarket financial district located south of the Han River which bisects the city, house several cosmetic clinics while the city’s metro stations are filled with giant advertisements for cosmetic surgery showing women with the beauty face.
3. 24 hour city lifelWhatever you want at any time of day or night, Seoul can provide. An early-morning temple visit can lead to a palace tour followed by tea sipping in Bukchon and gallery hopping in Samcheong-dong. Some people call it as morning calm activities. Day time is a working time but night time is not only for resting time. There’s always something to do in Seoul, so it’s no wonder that the city’s nightlife is exciting. In fact, the famous local rice liquor, soju, is the most popular liquor sold in the world. Hongdae, Itaewon and Gangnam offer nighttime hot spots that typically open until before sunrise. Not only liquor, there is also snacks in a street tent bar will fuel you for shopping at the buzzing Dongdaemun or Namdaemun night markets.
Seoul Tourist Spots
1. Gyeongbokgung PalaceIn Seoul and you will find a mix of traditional and modern, with countless attractions and sites to explore for any taste. Seoul has five main palaces. Gyeongbokgung is the largest and most important of all. Often compared to the Forbidden City in Beijing, Gyeongbokgung is a large palace complex that also houses the National Folk Museum of Korea. Mostly said that Gyeongbokgung Palace is the most beautiful and remains the grandest palace which also called “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighbouring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). In here you can also wear Hanbok, Korean traditional dress and you can rent it to wear while you have a walk around the town. So if you want to update your memories wearing so many cute hanbok and taking photos and walk around the town wearing it, make sure you visit the palace.
2. Gwangjang Market Visiting other place especially out of country, you must taste the local food. In Seoul, you can stop by at one of the most buzzing places for shops and foods. It literally pop up every corner you turn, none compares itself to the atmospheric Gwangjang market, Korea’s oldest remaining daily market. The oldest market hosts more than 5,000 shops and sees more than 50,000 visitors every day. So do not wonder this place is super crowded and you can easily spot many tourist here. You can taste most famous bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes) along with sundae (sausage made of pig’s intestines), tteokbokki (rice cake), and jeon (an assortment of snacks). Last but not least, drink down with a soju, sitting in the cramped tables lined along the shops.
3. Nami IslandIf you are a big fans of Korean drama, you must know Winter Sonata. This drama take place in Nami Island. It is one of the best place to visit in Seoul especially during Autumn and winter. Although this nature-filled place is loved by tourists, it’s quite a cultural experience to watch the local travelers enjoy their weekends. In Autumn you can see the beauty of ginko falling down bring scenic and beauty scene. During late winter, the lake at Nami freezes, making for a gorgeous view across the island. If you bring your children along, you can enjoy Nami island for its fun rides, zip wire, and large open spaces. Other than visiting winter sonata experience, if you ever know about “Le Petite” (The Little Prince Book) you may also enjoy visiting Petite France, a village modelled after the book.