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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Abortion remains stuck in legal gray area in Korea

Korea Times 26 Nov 2022
Despite a 2019 landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court decriminalizing abortion, legal abortion in Korea remains a controversial issue with no simple answers. Without detailed laws, women seeking the termination of pregnancy are walking a fine line between legal and illegal....

Best of Park Hae Soo: Squid Game, Money Heist Korea and more

Pinkvilla 21 Nov 2022
In 2017, he impressed in his lead role in the drama series Prison Playbook which earned him Best New Actor at The Seoul Awards ... After a botched attempt to prosecute Lee Chan Young, chairman of Sangin Group, Han Ji Hoon (Park Hae Soo), a prosecutor from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, is demoted to the legal support office of the NIS....

'I was falsely accused of theft': foreign entertainer recalls painful memories of bullying by Korean agency

Korea Times 15 Nov 2022
"The sponsoring entity of an E6 visa needs to be a proper, well-functioning talent agency because otherwise, a foreign entertainer could be tied to what's essentially a slave contract," Lee, who provides free legal advice to foreign nationals in Seoul at the Global Center, told The Korea Times in a recent interview at her office in southern Seoul....

OMEGA X to hold a press conference to explain their side of Spire Ent’s CEO’s abuse

Pinkvilla 14 Nov 2022
On November 14 it was announced that boy group OMEGA X will hold a conference for media personnel on the afternoon of November 16 at the Seoul Bar Association building in Seocho, Seoul ... It was notified by the legal representatives of the K-pop boy group that the press conference ......

Court rules against abolition of tolls on controversial Han River bridge

Korea Times 10 Nov 2022
This file photo shows the toll gate of the Ilsan Grand Bridge that connects Gimpo and Goyang, both west of Seoul, over the Han River ... The provincial government of Gyeonggi, which surrounds Seoul, lost a legal battle Wednesday to make a Han River bridge toll-free ... as legal....

Seoul Halloween crush: understanding the science of crowds could help prevent disasters – here's how

The Conversation 10 Nov 2022
This was highlighted, once again, by the recent tragic events on Halloween in Seoul, South Korea ... Apart from the potential legal ramifications, it’s not always obvious who has responsibility for keeping crowds safe, as in Seoul , where a crush happened outside the context of an organised event....

Ex-defense minister released after arrest in fisheries official death case

Korea Times 08 Nov 2022
Former Defense Minister Suh Wook enters the Seoul Central ... On Tuesday, the Seoul Central District Court decided in favor of Suh's request to reconsider the legality of his arrest following a court hearing a day earlier....

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