Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, is a city with a millennium of history and the heart of Korea’s cultures and education as well as politics and economy. Seoul was the capital of an ancient dynasty Baekje, from 18 BC to 475 AD. After a long time had passed, Seoul has been serving again as the capital of the country since the Joseon Dynasty in 1394 until now for more than 600 years. From the Joseon Dynasty (1392) to the present time, Seoul has gone through many changes and developments as the capital of Korea. Based on its long history and tradition, Seoul has been preserving its unique, beautiful cultural heritage and it is evolving into a highly advanced city through spectacular economic growth.
The Republic of Korea is surrounded by seas on three sides, and Seoul is in the west of the country, with Hangang River Stretching across it. A number of bridges are connecting the southern and northern part of the city, boasting beautiful sceneries of their own. Seoul is full of cultural heritages with unique stories, and you can find traditional villages in their original forms on one side of the city and ultra-modern buildings on the other, existing in a perfect harmony. A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, home to endless street food and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high-pressure educational system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend-setting youth culture and often crushing conformism, extraordinary architecture and endless monotonous rows of grey apartment buildings, Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts.