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Seoul & Korea

 
Host Country, Korea
Korea is situated on the Korean Peninsula, which spans 1,100 kilometers north to south. The Korean Peninsula lies on the north-eastern section of the Asian continent, where the oceans to east of Korean are joined by the western-most parts of the Pacific. The peninsula shares its northern border with China and Russia. To the east is the East Sea, beyond which neighboring Japan lies. To the west is the Yellow Sea. In addition to its mainland, Korea includes some 3,200 islands. Mountains cover 70% of Korea's land mass, making it one of the most mountainous regions in the world. South Korea's 99,500sq.km is populated by 47.9 million people.

Administratively, the Republic of Korea consists of nine provinces. To know more about Korea, please click here.
 
Host City, Seoul
Located to the west of the central region of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea, has been the center of the country in its long history from the prehistoric era to the present day. Now in its 600th year of official history, Seoul is a city where Korea's traditional and modern cultures coexist.
The city lies in a natural basin, surrounded by a series of mountains and hills, and its grandeur and magnificent scenic beauty makes it one of the most attractive metropolitan cities of the world. Aside from bustling pace of life and modern architecture, a number of invaluable cultural assets in Seoul take pride in its long history. The Jongmyo Shrine and Changdeok Palace have been added to UNESCO's list of cultural heritage.

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N Seoul Tower
 
"N Seoul Tower." A center of Seoul, a symbol of Seoul, and the highest place where you can see all the most beautiful scenery of Seoul was established as a Korea's first total electric wave tower to send TV and radio broadcasts in Seoul metropolitan area in 1969.
Sending and receiving antenna of KBS, MBC, SMS TV and PBC, TBS, CBS, MMS FM sending antenna are equipped at the electric wave tower of N Seoul tower, and 48% of the entire population of Korea watch and listen to the broadcasts through the electric wave tower of N Seoul tower.
N Seoul Tower became a resting place of Seoul citizens and a sightseeing site for foreigeners after It's opening to the public in 1980.
You can experience new cultural arts with various media art in the mixture of "art of lights" of which colors and patterns change every minute by the lighting of the newest LED technology.
Web-site : http://www.nseoultower.co.kr/ENG/?MenuIDX=92
   
Gyeongbokgung
 
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces.
The premises were destroyed by fire at the time of the Japan's occupation of Korea during 1592-1598. However, all of the palace's 7,700 rooms were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun in the years of King Gojong (1852~1919). Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond are still relatively in tact.  Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent the past sculpture art which was the trend back then. The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located east within Hyangwonjeong.
   
Cheonggyecheon
 
The Cheonggyecheon that flows between Jongno-gu and Jung-gu is quickly becoming a favorite area among locals and tourists in Seoul. Through a restoration project commenced in 2003 and completed on October 1st 2005, this stream has been revived as a historic reincarnation in the heart of the city. Through this project, six hundred years of Seoul history and culture, long forgotten was restored as well. Today’s Cheonggyecheon is a symbol of what Seoul stands for and at the same time, is celebrated by people as a great relaxation and recreational area.
   
Myeong-dong
 
Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeong-dong is a representative financial and fashion district in Korea. It also houses Myeong-dong Catholic Cathedral, China Embassy and Korea National Commission of UNESCO Center. The main street in Myeong-dong is lined with large shopping malls department stores as well all kinds of shops. The Association of Myeong-dong shop owners conducts Myeong-dong Festivals twice a year to promote the image of Myeong-dong as one of the world’s best shopping street.
   
Insa-dong
 
Insa-dong has become home to dozens of galleries, antique shops, traditional restaurants, and souvenir shops since the late 1970’s. It builds a reputation as the place where foreigners visit first in Korea. It becomes more popular after the Queen Elizabeth visited in 1999.
   
Namsangol Hanok Village
 
The power and dignity of Korean houses, or hanok, are available for view in the heart of Seoul at the Namsangol Hanok Village. Located less than a block away from Chungmuro subway station, the Village is host to a garden, several cultural properties and magnificent views of the area. Several traditional festivals are held on the grounds throughout the year, creating a festive mood during the holidays.
   
Jongmyo Royal Shrine
 
Jongmyo Royal Shrine is the worshiping place for the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The Royal Shrine was listed as UNESCO World Heritage because the tradition and customs such as the memoral services and traditional music are very well preserved. It was built when the first King of the Joseon Dynasty, Yi Seong-gye (1335-1408) founded the Joseon Dynasty, giving its grandeur and serene feelings. Jongmyo Royal Shrine memorial services, which have been held for 600 years, are conducted according to strict procedures in an austere ambience on the first Sunday of May, Yearly.
   
Lotte World
 
Lotte World, an indoor them park, encompass Lotte World Adventure, Magic Island(a lake park), shopping malls, a folk museum, an ice rink, a sports center, a hotel, and a department store so that people can enjoy sightseeing, leisure, shopping, culture, and sports at one location. At Lotte World Adventure, people can enjoy the latest equipment, fantastic parades, various multi-media systems, laser beam shows, performances, and various international foods throughout the year. In addition, its folk museum provides visitors the chance to experience the Korea’s 5000year history and traditional cultures.
For more information about Seoul

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto
http://www.visitseoul.net/