The capital of South Korea

 

It’s the capital of South Korea which numbers no fewer than 10.4 million inhabitants and covers a surface area of 605km². It is a very dynamic city, which is very different from some province. It was born 600 years ago. The end of the Second World War left a country divided. To quickly re-establish the economy, the state invested in the education of its children. This choice allowed Korea to achieve a rapid growth during the second half of the 20th century.

It’s therefore a power with with to be reckoned and to whom has been given the nickname ” the miracle of Han river” which is none other than the long river that runs through the town of Seoul and leads directly into the Yellow Sea.

The Korean society sets a lot of importance by appearance. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of centres for plastic surgery as well as cosmetic shops in the shopping streets of the cities. However, the traditional side maintains its place in the hearts of its people and in the streets throughout the country. You will see temples nearby to blocks of flats.

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The village Hanok of Bukchon is one of the quarters exclusively composed of traditional Korean houses that you can visit. Currently, they are hostels or businesses dedicated to the welcome of visitors.

You can share the Korean culture in learning to create typical culinary plates, in learning the ceremony of tea, you can also dress up in Hanboks, (traditional clothes), … So many experiences to have! To visit this quarter, you need to get into the two royal palaces in Seoul.

 

The Inwangsan quarter is flanked with hills. It’s worth mentioning that Seoul is surrounded by mountains. With this quarter being on the edge of the city, you can see the traditional houses and temples along the way which climb towards the hill.

 

A 6km walk the Cheong-gye-cheon watercourse in the very heart of Seoul which leads into the Han river. You can walk at night and pause for a moment to see the magnificent laser spectacles which take place over the water.

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The secret garden visit of the Changdeokgung Palace has hosted different kings who have succeeded in one of the three ancient kingdoms of Korea and which has a 300 year old tree. Like many places in Korea, it is classed as Unesco World Heritage.

 

A walk along the ancient ramparts of the fortress until the summit of the mountain of Bukhansan, which has three peaks and over 1300 species of plants and animals. Also, it overlooks the city of Séoul.

 

The Namdaemun door is a national treasure and it has over 600 years of history, it is the entrance to the Namdaemun markets which spread across 66 hectares and numbers over 10,000 shops and stalls.

 

It’s when night falls that the best markets of Seoul come out and remain bustling till morning. In Dongdaemun, there are nocturnal shopping centres on several levels where you can find at any hour: shopping, food…. It’s a city which never sleeps.