Seoul, which is officially called as Seoul Special City is one of the most happening tourist destination in the world. Serving as the capital of South Korea, Seoul sprawls on an area of 605.21 km2 of land and more than25.6 million people that live here makes it the 2nd most populous metropolitan in the world. With a population of over 10 million, the megacity is the largest city proper in the OECD. Situated on the banks of Han River, the city features 5 UNESCO approved world Heritage sites and numerous modern landmarks. A rising global city, Seoul is also the world's most wired city, ranking first in technology readiness by PwC's Cities of Opportunity report. Having the worlds’ largest subway network, world's densest public transportation infrastructure, world’s best airport, world's largest cinema screen, world's fourth highest visual impact among major cities and world's largest underground shopping mall, Seoul is a must visit destination in the world. Shou'er is the official language spoken by the majority of the people and Christianity and Buddhism are the two major religion followed by the people.
Gimpo International Airport and Incheon International Airport on Yeongjong Island are the two major international airports serving Seoul and are among the busiest airports in the world. The city experiences humid continental/subtropical transitional climate with hot and dry summers and cold to freezing winter. While the highest temperature in summer can reach 22.4 to 29.6 °C, during winter the temperature can dip as low as −10.0 °C. On an average the city receives 28 days of rainfall in a year. The months from March to May and from September are the months to visit the city as during these months, the weather is mild and comfortable. ABU TV and Radio Song Festivals in October, Hi! Seoul Festival held 4 times in a year, Seoul Citizens' Day on October and Ultra Music Festival Korea in 2nd week of June are the major festivals celebrated in Seoul.
Seoul is one of the very countries to have 5 UNESCO world heritage sites in a single city - Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. The city received over 12 million tourists in the year 2013, making it it the world's 10th most visited city and 6th largest earner in tourism. Some of the major landmark buildings you cannot miss in Seoul are - N Seoul Tower, the gold-clad 63 Building and the neofuturistic Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The world’s second largest indoor theme park –Lotte World and the world's longest bridge fountain - Moonlight Rainbow Fountain are among he major sightseeing places in Seoul.
Sevit Floating Islands is a popular attraction and these are manmade islands in the Han River and are known for its on-land multimedia art gallery. Gyeongbokgung Palace (beautiful heritage palace), The National Palace Museum of Korea, Cheongwadae (official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea), Bukchon Hanok Village (largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes), Hongdae (Seoul's nightlife hub), Namiseom Island and Everland (largest theme park in Korea) are among the major places of tourist interest in Korea. Seoraksan, the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range is also a major tourist spot in Seoul.
Eating and Shopping
From traditional delicacies to eccentric dishes to multi cuisine restaurants, in Seoul there is something for everybody. Ddeokbokki (Korean Spicy Rice Cakes), Samgyupsal (grilled pork belly BBQ), Gogigui (Korean BBQ), Dakgalbi (Pan Fried Chicken), Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup), Honeycomb milk ice cream, Jjimdak (Braised chicken), Patbingsu (Red Bean Shaved Ice), Juk (Korean Traditional Porridge) , Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew) , Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Rice), Chi-maek (Fried Chicken and Beer), Injeolmi Toast (Rice Cake Sandwich Toast) and Sannakji (Live Baby Octopus) are some of most popular dishes on should not miss in Seoul. From fine dining restaurants to small cafes and pubs to Michelin start restaurants to the humble street vendor, there is absolutely no limit to enjoy lip smacking food in Seoul. Twigim, Odeng, Bungeoppang, Tteokbokki, Tornado Potato, Mandu, Beondegi, Hotteok, Gimbap and Sundae are some of the fast food delicacies which are commonly available on the streets of Korea.
From avid brand conscious shoppers to impulsive shoppers, from wandering shoopers to need based customers, Seouls has something for all. Insadong for hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts, Itaewon for street shopping and Myeongdong, which is Seoul's primary shopping district are the major shopping destinations in the city. There is no dearth of huge shopping malls and designer boutiques in Seoul, for the brand conscious. Try out Cheongdamfor luxurious stuffs, Hongdae area to purchase ethnic and vintage artifacts, Dongdaemun and Namdaemun markets which are popular whole sale markets. Do not miss a visit to Seoul's COEX Mall, which is the world's largest underground shopping mall.
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