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Seoul, Korea

Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea (hereinafter referred to as the "Korea") is a country where more than ten million international travellers visited every year. With its long history in culture and tradition, Korea has a lot to offer to travellers. We'd like to inform you about the general information to learn about Korea before visiting.

Where is Korea?

The Korean peninsula is located in Northeast Asia. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, making it a unique geographical location. With Seoul as its capital city, the land site is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea's total land area is 100,033 square km, neighbouring Japan to the east, China to the west, and sharing a northern border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

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Seoul

As one of the world's most famous global cities in the world, Seoul is the capital of Korea with a population of more than 10 million, making it the first economic, political, and cultural centre of the country. Seoul has been a significant settlement for over 2,000 years, with its foundation dating back to 18 B.C. when Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms in ancient history, established its capital. It has continued as the capital of Korea ever since 1394 during the Chosun Dynasty.
Multinational conglomerate companies such as Samsung, L.G. and Hyundai Motors have their headquarters in this global business centre. The mobile ownership (78%) and the internet penetration percentage (91.8%) indicate the outstanding business infrastructure of the cutting-edge industry, including the world's highest broadband penetration ratio (25.5%). In the area surrounding the city, there are another 15 million inhabitants in the Capital Region, accounting for almost half of the total 50 million populations.
Seoul hosts almost 100 international conferences each year, proving its economic growth to the world as a global city. Global events such as the Asian Game (1986), the Summer Olympics (1988) and the Soccer World Cup (2002) have resulted in regenerating its global reputation. Leaders of the twenty nations throughout politics, industry and academia gathered in November 2010. The G-20 summit has proved the international competence of Seoul as a leading global city.

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