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Seoul is the capital and largest city of Korea, by far unquestionably the cultural, economic, education and political hub of the country. Situated hidden between Shanghai and Tokyo and bordered by the impenetrable Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, yet Seoul is never overlooked by travelers for its mix of old and new, incredible places, great food and amazing shopping nightlife.
Seoul has the historic evidence of living since 18 BC, yet it was recorded to be the capital of South Korea in the fourteenth century under the name of Hanseong (Joseon Dynasty from 1392 to 1910, when the country was occupied by Japan). After Japan surrendered in 1945, Seoul officially became the capital of Korea since the establishment of Republic of Korea in 1948 with its current name ‘til now.
Seoul's official language is Korean. English is only spoken in tourist places.
Seoul uses Won (KRW) as its currency. Japanese Yen (¥) and US Dollar ($) are accepted in all duty free shops.
Seoul's time zone is UTC+9 (02 hours ahead from Vietnam).
Seoul's religions are Buddhism and Catholic.
Seoul's climate is pretty mild. It only rains in summer for a short time of period. The best time to book flight tickets to Seoul for visiting is either in September or October. November and December are the coldest months, yet the ideal period for sales festive fanatics.
Seoul is packed with restaurants as Korean social life greatly involves with food. Some recommended dining options ranged from budge to average or splurge are Ala-Too Café, Sadongmyenok, Everest, The Frypan, Jacoby’s, Jeonju Jungang Hoegwan, Hanwoori and J Pub Ryu. Korean BBQ should not be missed and easily found everywhere.
Seoul, as the ancient seat of Korea’s royalty, has plenty of places that are definitely worth a visit. They are Gyeongbok-gung, Changdeok-gung, Deoksu-gung, Changgyeong-gung, Seoul History Museum, Mount Bukhan, 4.19 Memorial Cemetery, Boramae Park, Olympic Park, Namsan Park, Mount Inwang, Jongmyo Shrine, World Comic Convention, Bukchon, Namdaemun and many more.
Seoul's fashion shopping is not considered only as an industry but also an art form. There are hi-end shopping destinations as Apgujeong (also known as “Beverly Hills of Seoul”) and Myeongdong, which is the largest and best-known shopping area. A little bit lower in category and pricing are moderate shopping areas including Namdaemun, Dongdaemun, Insa-dong, Ewha Women’s University, yongsan Electronics Market or Techno Mart.
Seoul owns two big international airports Incheon and Gimpo; yet Incheon itself mainly has welcomed millions of tourists and cargoes every year after its inauguration in 2011. Major airlines like Cathay Pacific, Asiana Airlines, Quantas, Deutsche Lufthansa, Japan Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines sell flight tickets to Seoul departing from Vietnam.