The Seoul National Capital Area is the second-largest in the world at 233.7 square miles and an average elevation of just above sea level at 282 feet. Because of its very large population, Seoul is considered a global city and it is the center of South Korea's economy, culture, and politics.
Korea, in Northeast Asia is a nation that boasts a fast growing economy and a lifestyle that brings together the old and the new. Despite their strong enthusiasm for modernization and globalization, Koreans still greatly value their 5,000 years of history and beautiful nature, making the country an attractive destination for business travelers and vacationers alike. Korea has proved its economic growth and international competence as a global leader to the world, hosting numerous international events including the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup, the G20 Seoul Summit and the Nuclear Security Summit. It is also home to many world-renowned artists and athletes, as world champion figure skater Yu-Na Kim and singer and rapper PSY who created an international sensation with ‘Gangnam Style’, ‘Hallyu’ also known as the ‘Korean Wave’, is Korean pop and traditional culture, growing its popularity overseas. Famous spots that appeared in Korean dramas and movies attract foreign visitors all year around. Korea’s long heritage and inspiring scenery impress all visitors with its uniqueness and charm.
Hansik (Korean cuisine) is a healthy and well balanced meal composed of fresh and natural ingredients. Most vegetables are lightly blanched, therefore retaining most of their natural nutrients, and boiled or steamed meats are low in fat and calorie. Due to such natural ingredients and healthy cooking methods, hansik corresponds to today’s healthy lifestyle. Additionally, traditional sauces and seasonings, kimchi and jeotgal (salted seafood), which need to be fermented for long periods of time, are typical slow food.
Welcome to Korea’s capital a city that treasures its 600 years of tradition while embracing the future, as a world leader in information technology. Here, you will find a harmony of the past and present, history and future, while culture, economy, environment, creative imagination and innovation thrive in this ever-changing city. Seoul is a global city that blends the culture of yesterday with the trends of today and the hopes of tomorrow. For more information in Seoul, please visit the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s official tourism information site. (english.visitseoul.net)