Photos of Seoul, Capital of South Korea, Korea

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Seoul, Capital of South Korea

Seoul is the capital and largest city of South Korea, one of the world's largest metropolitan areas with over 25 million residents: over half of all South Koreans. It also is the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province.

Yi Sun-sin's statue
 
Gwangjang market
 
Welcome to Itaewon
 
Itaewon street
 
Narrow street in Itaewon
 
Street corner
 
Itaewon Land
 
Seoul Central Mosque
 
Cheonggyecheon stream
 
Cheonggyecheon stream
 
Cheonggyecheon stream
 
Cheonggyecheon after dark
 
Cheonggyecheon  at night
 
Namdaemun Market
 
Namdaemun foodstall
 
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
 
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
 
Dongdaemun Market
 
Insadong street
 
N Seoul Tower, Namsan
 
Seoul City Hall
 
Green Wall, Seoul City Hall
 
Commemorating the victims
 
Along the Hangang
 
Gangbyeon Expressway
 
Seoul World Cup Stadium
 
Hangang river
 
Railroad bridge
 
Seoul's fortress wall
 
Central Post Office
 
Vew to Bukhansan
 
Vew from N Seoul Tower
 
Namsan Town Apartments
 
Vew to Han river
 
Vew to Gangnam
 
Architecture of Gangnam-gu
 

Modern Seoul is the world's most wired city, with WiFi universal and often free. It is the birthplace of K-pop, "Gangnam Style", named after Gangnam district, on the south bank of the Han river, known for its heavily concentrated wealth and high standard of living and education. Modern landmarks include the iconic N Seoul Tower on Mount Namsan, the new Seoul City Hall with its largest vertical indoor garden in the world, the neofuturistic Dongdaemun Design Plaza and many more. It has an excellent underground rail system, making all areas of the city easily accessible.

One of Seoul's unique features is Cheonggyecheon, a stream in the centre of the city that already flowed here during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) but was covered with an elevated highway, as part of the country's post-war economic development after the Korean War (1950-1953). In 2003 the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form, an almost 11 kilometres long, modern public recreation space, an oasis in the busy city.