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Overview Megacity Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. It the country's foremost economic, political, and cultural center. The Seoul National Capital Area is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeokgung, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is among the top ten global cities in the Global Cities Index of 2010. The city was named the World Design Capital for 2010 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Shopping is the keyword in these places: the Dongdaemun Market, Myeongdong, Namdaemun Market and Sinchon Market. Insadong, Hwanghak-dong Flea Market and Janganpyeong Antique Market are the cultural art markets of Seoul, where traditional and modern Korean artworks, such as paintings, sculptures and calligraphy are sold. The Gangnam district is one of the most affluent areas in Seoul and is noted for the fashionable and upscale Apgujeong-dong and Cheongdam-dong areas and the COEX Mall. Wholesale markets include Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market and Garak Market. The Yongsan Electronics Market is the largest electronics market in Asia. The Gasan Digital Complex also has an extensive variety of electronic products. There are over 100 museums, including three national and nine official municipal museums. Seoul is home to the majority of South Korea's most prestigious universities, including Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Korea University, Hanyang University, Sogang University, Joong Ang University, Sung Kyun Kwan University and Kyung Hee University.
Population 10 million
Airport Two international airports serve Seoul: Gimpo International Airport, serves only domestic flights with the exception of flights to Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing. Incheon International Airport is responsible for almost all international flights and some domestic flights.
Climate According to Köppen climate classification Seoul lies in the border region between a humid subtropical and humid continental climate. Summers are generally hot and humid, with the East Asian monsoon taking place from June until July. August, the warmest month. Winters are often relatively cold with an average of 28 days of snow annually while summer is generally much drier.
Best Season The best time When to go to South Korea is definitely autumn, which falls in the months between September and November?
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To avoid Winter, falling between December and March, is bitterly cold, usually below freezing, and is not a good time
Pros Seoul is one of the world's top ten financial and commercial centers and home to major multinational conglomerates[9] such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia. Seoul, named the world's sixth most economically powerful city by Forbes, has a highly technologically advanced infrastructure. Its Digital Media City is the world's first complex for IT and multimedia applications. Seoul was the first city to feature DMB, a digital mobile TV technology and WiBro, a wireless high-speed mobile internet service. It has a fast, high-penetration 100 Mbit/s fibre-optic broadband network, which is being upgraded to Gbit/s by 2012. As the headquarters for Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia and SK, Seoul has become a major business hub. Large concentration of international companies is headquartered in Seoul. International banks with branches in Seoul include Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Grupo Santander, UBS, Credit Suisse, UniCredit, Société Générale, Calyon, BBVA, Macquarie Group, ING Bank and Standard Chartered. The Korea Exchange Bank is also headquartered in the city.
Cons Air pollution Rapidly aging population Structural problems
Hotels http://www.hotelscombined.com/City/Seoul.htm
Tips There are cheap hotels in Seoul so budget is not a problem. Some of the cheap accommodations are available in these hotels: Max Hotel, Picasso Hotel, Cello Hotel, Beakle Hotel, Benhur Hotel and others.
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