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Travel Guide to Seoul, South Korea

Since the end of the Korean, the country of South Korea has been continually progressing towards its current status as a global economic force and a major player in the worlds of technology and culture. Currently there are around 10 million inhabitants in Seoul, making it one of the world’s most densely populated cities.

The Han river provides calm, placid views in an otherwise cluttered city. It flows through the city with twenty-nine bridges that span its waters enabling people to shuttle from north to south of the city via trains, buses or cars.

The Palaces

Glimpse Seoul’s 600-year-old and culture at one of the five royal palaces built by King Taejo at the end of the fourteenth century.

Gyeongbokgung Palace, or the Palace of Shining Happiness, is considered one of the grandest. It is located on the city’s main boulevard, Sejongro, close to the Blue House, the President’s residence, and is a stunning complex. A walk through the grounds of this Joseon Dynasty palace is a walk back in time. It is connected to the Jongmyo, a Confucian shrine to kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. English tours can be booked in advance, or simply look out for one of the ‘greeters’.

Located inside the palace is the Folk Museum. It comprises three tall interconnecting buildings and they house artifacts, relics, and paintings from the different periods of Korean ranging from right through to occupation by the Japanese. Entry is free.

Digital Media City

Seoul is considered to be the most wired city in the world but most people don’t know that South Koreans were enjoying touch screen cell phones and video calling. One of the greatest examples of South Korea’s dedication technology is Digital Media City. A former massive city dump was paved over when the height of the landfill rivaled Seoul’s neighboring mountains. In 2002 it was transformed into a sprawling network of buildings housing everything from major technology and communications.