1. Seoul Plans to Offer Free Wi-Fi in Public Places
The bustling city of Seoul is a technological hub, boasting the world's fastest internet connection with speeds of up to 1 GBPS. In 2015, the city plans to take their technology even further by offering free Wi-Fi in parks, streets and other public places, making it easier than ever for citizens and visitors alike to stay connected.
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2. Electricity brings modernity to Seoul's royal palace
In the late 19th century, Seoul became the first city in East Asia to use electricity in the royal palace, thanks to the Edison Illuminating Company. This was a major milestone in the city's history, as it marked the beginning of a new era of modernity and progress. The palace was equipped with the latest technology, including electric lighting, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. This allowed the royal family to enjoy the benefits of modernity, while also providing a glimpse into the future of the city.
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3. The Major Economic Hub of South Korea
Seoul is a major economic hub in South Korea, home to some of the world's largest and most successful companies. Fortune 500 giants such as Samsung, LG Group and Hyundai all have their headquarters in the city, making it a major player in the global economy. Seoul's economic importance is further highlighted by its status as a major financial center, with a number of international banks and financial institutions based in the city.
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4. The Vibrant City of Asia
The bustling city of Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, second only to Paris. With a population of almost 8 times that of Rome, Seoul is a vibrant and diverse metropolis that is home to over 10 million people. From its bustling nightlife to its rich cultural heritage, Seoul is a city that has something for everyone.
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5. "Lotte World: World's Largest Indoor Theme Park in Seoul"
Seoul's Lotte World is a one-stop destination for fun and entertainment, having broken the Guinness World Record for housing the world's largest indoor theme park. The complex also features an outdoor park, multiple hotels, shopping malls, and a variety of other attractions, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. With its wide range of activities, Lotte World is sure to provide a memorable experience for all who visit.
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6. The History of Seoul's Impressive Fortress Wall
Seoul, the bustling capital of South Korea, has a long and storied history. In 1397, a fortress stone wall was built around the city to protect it from invaders such as wild animals and thieves. This wall was an impressive feat of engineering, standing at an average of 18 feet tall and measuring over 18 miles in circumference. It was made up of four gates, each with its own guard tower, and was surrounded by a deep moat. The wall served its purpose for centuries, protecting the city from invaders until it was eventually dismantled in the late 19th century.
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7. World's Most Visited City Per Sq. Foot
The bustling city of Seoul is home to the majestic Bukhansan mountain and national park, which holds a Guinness World Record for the most visitors per square foot. This impressive feat is a testament to the beauty of the mountain, which stands at 836.5 meters tall and is a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers alike. With its stunning views, lush forests, and diverse wildlife, Bukhansan is a must-see for anyone visiting Seoul.
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8. One of the Eight First-Level Cities of South Korea
Seoul is one of the eight first-level cities of South Korea, and has been a 'special city' since 1949. It is the largest city in the country, with a population of over 10 million people, and is the political, economic, and cultural center of South Korea. It is home to numerous historical sites, including the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Changdeokgung Palace, and the Jongmyo Shrine, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Seoul is also known for its vibrant nightlife, shopping districts, and modern architecture.
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9. 600 Years of Hi! Seoul Festival
Since 2003, Seoul has held the "Hi! Seoul Festival" four times a year, in each season, to celebrate the 600 years of the city's history as the capital. The festival is based on the 'Seoul Citizen's Day', which has been celebrated annually since 1994 in October. The festival is a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the culture and history of Seoul, with a variety of activities, performances, and exhibitions.
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10. World's Top Sporting Destination
The vibrant city of Seoul has been the host of a number of major international sporting events, including the 1988 Summer Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the 1986 Asian Games. These events have attracted thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world, and have helped to cement Seoul's reputation as a major international destination.