Seoul: Traditions and megacity
The capital of South Korea is a perfect example of the harmony between the past and the future
Seoul, the capital as well as the largest city of South Korea, is a true megacity. Connected by a direct seven-hour long flight from Mumbai, the Seoul National Capital Area is the world’s second-largest metropolitan area with over 25 million inhabitants; almost half of South Korea’s population lives here, making it the country’s foremost economic, political and cultural hub.
The area has been settled for over 2,000 years and the founding of Seoul itself dates back to 18 BC when one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, established its capital in what is now south-east Seoul. The city continued as the capital of Korea during the Koryeo and Joseon Dynasties from 918 AD onwards right until 1910 when Japan annexed the country. Harsh Japanese colonial occupation lasted for 35 years and many Korean cultural treasures were destroyed or damaged during this...
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