The Host City at a Glance

SEOUL - Past, Present and Future in Harmony

Seoul has been the center of politics, economy, culture, and transportation of Korea for six centuries since Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, moved the capital here in the third year (1394) of his reign. Today, one quarter of the nation's population lives in Seoul, which serves as the broadband core of all branches of knowledge. Seoul preserves numerous relics of the Joseon Dynasty: Dongdaemun and Namdaemun Gates; five extant palaces, namely Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung; royal tombs, including Hongneung and Seonjeongneung; and Sung Kyun Kwan, the Confucian educational institution. The litany of Seoul's cultural heritage is endless. The city's legacy winds through its labyrinthine alleys. At the same time, Seoul has risen as a global landmark of modernity, with many must-see attractions: Lotte World, an amusement park; Seoul Tower, the symbol of Seoul, blazing the night through; many parks and museums; department stores and other emporiums; jazz bars, cafes, a casino, etc. These make Seoul a favorite tourist destination where visitors find all the amenities and entertainment they could want.