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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Human rights groups condemn Seoul's deportation of 2 N. Korean fishermen

Korea Times 14 Nov 2019
They also said the Constitution recognizes North Koreans as South Korean nationals, so Seoul should have guaranteed their basic human rights and provided legal protection ... Human rights groups have accused Seoul of deporting the two without sufficient investigation or appropriate efforts to protect their rights....

South Korean ex-justice minister summoned in financial probe

Morning Times 14 Nov 2019
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have summoned the country’s former justice minister as they expand an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding his family that sparked huge protests....

Ex-justice minister summoned in corruption investigation

Korea Times 14 Nov 2019
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on ... Cho resigned as minister last month, citing the burden of the investigation into his family, but has denied legal wrongdoing....

Rights group condemns Seoul for deporting 'killers' to North

The Times of India 13 Nov 2019
SEOUL. An international human on Wednesday condemned Seoul for deporting two alleged North Korean mass murderers, saying they were being handed back to Pyongyang's "extremely brutal" legal system in breach of international law. Seoul expelled the pair last week after ......

South Korean Exchange CEO Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

Bitcoin 13 Nov 2019
Korean Presidential Committee Pushes to Legalize Crypto Hefty Sentences for Crypto Exchange Executives. The Seoul Central District Court has reportedly handed hefty prison sentences to executives of local cryptocurrency exchange Coinup....

'NSO, gov't agencies discuss N. Korean deportation'

Korea Times 11 Nov 2019
Right after their deportation, human rights groups criticized the decision saying an insufficient investigation was undertaken and the decision went against Seoul's international legal commitments ... The groups said South Korea should have provided legal protection....

Deportation of North Koreans Suspected in 16 Deaths Raises Questions in South

Voa News 08 Nov 2019
The bizarre incident tests South Korea’s domestic and international legal commitments ... Despite the criminal allegations against the North Korean fishermen, some defector and human rights groups in Seoul say the men deserved the legal protections offered by South Korea, noting it is highly likely they will now be executed without a fair trial....

Samsung heir appears at court for his bribery trial

Canada Dot Com 25 Oct 2019
SEOULSamsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee appeared at a Seoul courtroom on Friday for the start of a bribery trial that could result in a tougher sentence after South Korea’s top court ordered a review of his graft case ... The court said the interpretation by the Seoul High Court on what constituted bribes by Samsung to Park was too narrow....

Gov't strongly warns against using liquid e-cigarettes

Korea Times 23 Oct 2019
Health Minister Park Neung-hoo speaks about recommendation not to use liquid e-cigarettes due to possible health threats, during a press briefing at the Government Complex Seoul, Wednesday ... A suspected case has also been reported here in Korea," Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo said during a briefing at the Government Complex Seoul....

Seoul Semiconductor ottiene un'ingiunzione definitiva contro un prodotto di Philips TV

Kentucky New Era 22 Oct 2019
Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd ... Le 19 tecnologie brevettate di Seoul Semiconductors dalla crescita epitassiale alle soluzioni (grafica ... Nell'azione legale Seoul ha rivendicato 19 tecnologie brevettate significative per componenti di TV LED e lampadine ... Informazioni su Seoul Semiconductor ... Seoul Semiconductor Inc ... Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd....

Korean crime psychologist named one of BBC's 100 women of 2019

Korea Times 18 Oct 2019
By Kang Seung-woo. Lee Soo-jung, a renowned forensic psychologist, has been named on the BBC's list of the 100 most influential and inspirational women this year. Lee Soo-jung ... This year's theme was ... "Based at Kyonggi University in Seoul, she has challenged the legal system, helping to introduce an anti-stalking bill ... ....

Fans, friends bid final farewell to K-pop star Sulli

Inquirer 17 Oct 2019
The 25-year-old K-pop star and actress, whose legal name was Choi Jin-ri, was found dead at her residence in Seongnam, south of Seoul ......

Seoul's administrative battle to keep its public parks

Korea Times 16 Oct 2019
People walk down a slope at Namsan Park on Mount Nam in central Seoul, Oct ... Mount Nam is one of 76 public park areas in Seoul that could become less accessible to the public once a new law on land ownership kicks in next year ... 76 public parks in Seoul are nearing their expiration date ... "Climate change can really be felt in Seoul these days....