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Seoul, the Soul of Asia

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Seoul Banpo Bridge at night, a gigantic rainbow fountain with over 10,000 LED's

Seoul Fast Facts:

~Seoul is the capital city and largest city in South Korea, the name Seoul (서울) means capital city which is believed to be derived from the word Seorabeol (서라벌).

~Like the rest of Korea, Seoul experiences four distinct seasons. Summers can be hot and humid, while winters are often frigid and accompanied by snow.

~Seoul is a remarkably safe city. Violent crime rates are exceedingly low compared to other major cities around the world.

~Apartments (아파트 Apateu as the Koreans say it) is the most common way of living in Seoul, most of the time people have to pay ahead before the construction of an apartment building starts because it is really hard to get a reservation for an apartment in Seoul.

~Internet service is offered in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Seoul. Internet cafes and PC 방 (bangs which means "rooms") are easy to find throughout the city. These rooms are filled with computer terminals where you can rent an Internet-connected PC. Many PC bahngs are open 24 hours and are located on higher floors of buildings, where rents are cheaper. To find one, just head for a commercial area and look up.

~Seoul is divided into 25 gu (구, district). The gu vary greatly in area (from 10 to 47 km²) and population (from less than 140,000 to 630,000). Songpa has the most people, while Seocho, the largest area. The government of each gu handles many of the functions that are handled by city governments in other jurisdictions. Each gu is divided into "dong" (동) or neighbourhoods. Some gu have only a few dong while others like Jongno-gu have a very large number of distinct neighborhoods. Gu of Seoul consist of 522 administrative dongs (행정동) in total.[21] Dong are also sub-divided into 13,787 tong (통), which are further divided into 102,796 ban in total.

Here is the list of Seoul's 25 Gu:

Dobong District (도봉구)
Dongdaemun District (동대문구)
Dongjak District (동작구)
Eunpyeong District (은평구)
Gangbuk District (강북구)
Gangdong District (강동구)
Gangnam District (강남구)
Gangseo District (강서구)
Geumcheon District (금천구)
Guro District (구로구)
Gwanak District (관악구)
Gwangjin District (광진구)
Jongno District (종로구)
Jung District (중구)
Jungnang District (중랑구)
Mapo District (마포구)
Nowon District (노원구)
Seocho District (서초구)
Seodaemun District (서대문구)
Seongbuk District (성북구)
Seongdong District (성동구)
Songpa District (송파구)
Yangcheon District (양천구)
Yeongdeungpo District (영등포구)
Yongsan District (용산구)

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Map of Seoul's Districts

~Seoul is the headquarters for Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia and SK.
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~Seoul was the host for the 1988 Summer Olympic games.

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1988 Seoul Olympic Stadium

~Seoul also hosted the 2002 FIFA Word Cup Event

Posted by roksait10 13:29 Archived in South Korea Tagged tourist_sites

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