Founded in 1394, Seoul is both the cultural and economic centre of South Korea and with 12 million inhabitants, it is also the 5th largest city in the world.
A huge monument commemorates the Korean War during which, between 1950 and 1953, around 400,000 people were killed. At that time, the United States of America and 20 other countries took part in a United Nations military operation to support South Korea against the forces of North Korea and China.
In 1988, the 24th Olympic Games took place in Seoul and for this, the Olympic Park was created, a huge area with a monument at its entrance and 200 sculptures that adorn various paths, designed to highlight Korea’s global connection with the rest of the world.
At the end of the 18th century, the Hwaseong Fortress was built, now a World Heritage Sight. The fortress extends for 130 hectares and the distance from one main gate to the other is such that a dragon train is available for those who prefer not to walk.
In 1969, the N Seoul Tower was built to provide South Korea with TV and radio signals. Seoul’s main landmark is 236 metres high and is equipped with several high speed elevators, as well as an observation platform and observatory.
Historic buildings, palaces, shrines and bridges all serve to underline the ultra modern appearance of Seoul, a mega city in the Land of the Silent Morning.