Seoul (서울; Korean: [sʰʌ.ul]) – officially the Seoul Special City – is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, the world's 14th largest city and second largest metropolitan area. It is home to over half of all South Koreans along with 678,102 international residents.

Situated on the Han River, Seoul's history stretches back more than two thousand years when it was founded in 18 BCE by Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. It continued as the capital of Korea under the Joseon Dynasty. The Seoul Capital Area contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, the world's most visited national park per square foot. Modern landmarks include the iconic N Seoul Tower, the gold-clad 63 Building, the neofuturistic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Lotte World, the world's second largest indoor theme park,Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the world's longest bridge fountain and the Sevit Floating Islands. The birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave, Seoul received over 10 million international visitors in 2014, making it the world's 9th most visited city and 4th largest earner in tourism.

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Compensating ex-sex slaves

Korea Times 30 Nov 2023
On Thursday, the Seoul High Court reaffirmed the Japanese government is responsible for compensating former victims of sex slavery forced to work in its military brothels during World War II ... That was a forward-looking ruling with historical and legal significance ... Seoul created a fund and gave money to victims....

Rights experts criticize China for denying torture in North Korea

Korea Times 28 Nov 2023
The international community must name and shame China’s 10/9 forcible repatriation and urge respect for the principle of non-refoulement by adopting joint government statements or parliamentary resolutions,” said Shin Hee-seok, a legal analyst at Transitional Justice Working Group, a Seoul-based rights group....

Court orders Japan to compensate ‘comfort women’

Taipei Times 24 Nov 2023
Reuters, SEOUL ... The 16 victims filed the suit in 2016, seeking 200 million won (US$153,133) each in compensation, but the Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case in 2021, citing sovereign immunity, a legal doctrine that allows a state to be exempt from a civil suit in foreign courts....

South Korean Court Orders Japan to Compensate WWII ‘Comfort Women’

The Epoch Times 24 Nov 2023
The suit was filed against Japan in 2016, but the Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case in 2021, citing “sovereign immunity,” a ......

Appellate court orders Japan to compensate 'comfort women' in lawsuit over wartime sexual slavery

Korea Times 23 Nov 2023
... hands in happiness after the appeals court in Seoul ordered Japan to compensate the plaintiffs, Nov ... But the Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case in 2021, citing sovereign immunity, a legal doctrine that allows a state to be immune from a civil suit in foreign courts....

South Korea court orders Japan to compensate 'comfort women', reverses earlier ruling

Reuters 23 Nov 2023
But the Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case in 2021, citing sovereign immunity, a legal doctrine that allows a state to be exempt from a civil suit in foreign courts. The Seoul High Court, however, reversed the lower court's decision, recognising the jurisdiction of South Korean courts over the Japanese government as a defendant....

G-Dragon taking legal action against malicious online postings

Korea Times 22 Nov 2023
G-Dragon, center, of K-pop group BIGBANG answers reporters' questions at the Nonhyeon Police Station in Incheon, west of Seoul, which he visited for questioning ... G-Dragon is pursuing legal measures against malicious online postings about him, the ......

SOFA committee discusses ways to boost exchanges between Koreans, US troops

Korea Times 20 Nov 2023
Kim Jun-pyo, left, director general for North American affairs at Seoul's foreign ministry, greets Lt. Gen ... Joint Committee of the Status of Forces Agreement, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, Nov ... Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Joint Committee at the ministry in Seoul, the ministry said. SOFA governs the legal status of the 28,500 U.S ... ....

Seo Ye Ji’s bullying and gaslighting case gets ruling; Agency to repay damages, full statement inside

Pinkvilla 17 Nov 2023
Amid the legal dispute, the Seoul Central District Court has mandated the actress's agency to reimburse half the endorsement fee to the previous brand sponsor ... In response to the controversies, the brand sought to terminate the contract, initiating legal action against Seo Ye Ji and her agency....

South Korea unveils plan to ban dog meat by 2027

The Keene Sentinel 17 Nov 2023
SEOULSouth Korea is planning to introduce a ban on dog meat consumption by the end of this year, Seoul authorities said Friday. Eating dog meat is neither explicitly prohibited nor legalized in South Korea, and successive governments have failed to make progress on pledges to stop the practice....

New KBS chief faces backlash from union, opposition party

Korea Times 15 Nov 2023
KBS’ new President and CEO Park Min holds a press conference at KBS Art Hall in Yeouido, Seoul, Tuesday ... New head accused of suppressing press; union poised to take legal action ... KBS’ new President and CEO Park Min to step down in front of KBS Art Hall in Yeouido, Seoul, Tuesday....

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