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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Ma Dong-seok, Ye Jung-hwa to hold belated wedding ceremony in May

Korea Times 09 Apr 2024
Actor Ma Dong-seok and fitness model Ye Jung-hwa will be holding a private wedding ceremony in May in Seoul, according to the actor's agency, Monday. The couple, who have been together since 2016 and became legally married in 2021, are finally publicly celebrating their union with ......

Korea's e-commerce market under siege by AliExpress, Temu

Korea Times 07 Apr 2024
Legal system fails to aid domestic players against surge in Chinese platforms ... This allows them not to provide public notices on their sales, revenues and dividend plans, so there's no legal way to grasp their exact sales and revenue performance although many such companies release dubious sales data here....

Derogatory comments by DPK members feared to alienate women voters

Korea Times 04 Apr 2024
Lee Jae-myung, right, chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea, gives a speech to support party's candidate Ryu Sam-young running in the Dongjak-B constituency for the April 10 general elections, near Namseong Station in Seoul, Tuesday ... Ewha Womans University vows to take legal action against DPK candidate over insulting remarks....

S Korean president slams doctor ‘cartel’ as strike drags

Taipei Times 01 Apr 2024
AFP, SEOUL ... 20 stopped working to protest against proposed training reforms, but the government has not changed tack, instead threatening striking medics with legal action ... Unionized medical workers stage a rally calling on trainee doctors to return to work in front of Severance Hospital in Seoul yesterday....

South Korean president slams doctor 'cartel' as strike drags on

The Peninsula 01 Apr 2024
Seoul ... Hospitals have been forced to cancel crucial treatments and surgeries since thousands of trainee doctors stopped working February 20 to protest against proposed training reforms, but the government has not changed tack, instead threatening striking medics with legal action....

Korean president slams doctor 'cartel' as strike drags on

Korea Times 01 Apr 2024
President Yoon Suk Yeol announces a public statement on the government's medical reform efforts at the presidential office in Seoul, April 1, amid a prolonged walkout by trainee doctors across the nation in protest against a plan to increase the number of medical students, in this photo provided by the office....

Chief of bakery giant SPC again ignores prosecution summons over anti-labor allegations

Korea Times 01 Apr 2024
Hur Young-in, the chairman of bakery giant SPC Group/ Yonhap ... According to legal sources, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office had summoned Hur to appear for questioning Monday morning on charges of violating the trade union act, but the chairman did not show up for the session ... (Yonhap). ....

Korea required to introduce state-led initiatives due to shortage of caregivers

Korea Times 28 Mar 2024
Lawmakers, labor scholars and civic activists hold a debate session on introducing foreign care givers at below the legal minimum wage at the National Assembly in Seoul, Thursday ... instead of introducing foreign workers at below the legal minimum wage, labor experts said, Thursday....

Competition heats up to provide AI-based legal services

Korea Times 26 Mar 2024
Law firms, legal tech companies vie for upper hand in rapidly-emerging market ... DR & Aju Managing Partner Lee Kyu-chul speaks during a demonstration session for an artificial intelligence-based legal counseling service at the law firm's head office in Seoul, March 20....

Invest Seoul to expand in size by next year

Korea Times 25 Mar 2024
An image of the official website of Invest Seoul / Screenshot from Invest Seoul website ... According to the city government, Invest Seoul is currently in the process of gaining independence from the Seoul Business Agency (SBA) ... Upon approval by Seoul Metropolitan Council, the legal framework for establishing the new foundation will be established....