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Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. Seoul has a population of 9.7 million people, and forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area with the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province. Considered to be a global city and rated as an Alpha – City by Globalization and World Cities Research Network , Seoul was the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. International visitors generally reach Seoul via AREX from Incheon International Airport, notable for having been rated the best airport for nine consecutive years by Airports Council International. In 2015, it was rated Asia’s most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis, with the GDP per capita in Seoul being around $40,000. In 2017, the cost of living in Seoul was ranked the 6th highest globally. In 2020, Seoul’s real estate market was ranked 3rd in the world for the price of apartments in the downtown center. Seoul was one of the host cities for the official tournament of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.
With major technology hubs centered in Gangnam and Digital Media City, the Seoul Capital Area is home to the headquarters of 15 Fortune Global 500 companies, including Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. Ranked seventh in the Global Power City Index and Global Financial Centres Index, the metropolis exerts a major influence in global affairs as one of the five leading hosts of global conferences.

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Atlas Obscura 2017
1.07km
At Poopoo Land the Exit Is Most Memorable

The only museum in Seoul that will help you find out what your flatulent sounds say about you.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.76km
Hyangwonjeong Pavilion

Discover Hyangwonjeong Pavilion in Seoul, South Korea: A unique structure located on the grounds of one of five grand palaces that were built by the Joseon dynasty.

Brutalism
6.89km
Korea Institute of Science and Technology
World Heritage Site 1997
1.8km
Changdeokgung Palace Complex

In the early 15th century, the King Taejong ordered the construction of a new palace at an auspicious site. A Bureau of Palace Construction was set up to create the complex, consisting of a number of official and residential buildings set in a garden th…

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.94km
Coffee Hanyakbang

Discover Coffee Hanyakbang in Seoul, South Korea: About as hidden as can be, this specialty coffee shop is wedged between multi-story buildings at the end of a dark, skinny alleyway in Seoul.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.47km
Dilkusha House (Albert W. Taylor House)

Discover Dilkusha

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.98km
Seoul’s Kimchi Museum

A Seoul museum tracks the 1,500-year history of the Korea's star cabbage.

Atlas Obscura 2021
7.54km
Metro Farm

Discover Metro Farm in Seoul, South Korea: Some of the freshest vegetables in Seoul are grown in a subway station.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.9km
Gyeonggyojang House

Discover Gyeonggyojang House in Seoul, South Korea: The headquarters of Korea’s provisional government later became the site of a prominent statesman's assassination.

Atlas Obscura 2021
6.26km
Banpo Bridge Moonlight Rainbow Fountain

Discover Banpo Bridge Moonlight Rainbow Fountain in Seoul, South Korea: The world's longest bridge fountain has hundreds of nozzles that create a beautiful, illuminated spectacle.

Atlas Obscura 2021
9.31km
Seonjeongneung

Discover Seonjeongneung in Seoul, South Korea: The burial ground of two kings and a queen is now a calm city park in the middle of bustling Seoul.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.28km
108 Heaven Stairway

Discover 108 Heaven Stairway in Seoul, South Korea: A remnant of Korea's colonial past lies forgotten in a hip neighborhood in Seoul.

World Heritage Site 1995
1.65km
Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. Dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), the shrine has existed in its present form since the 16th century and houses tablets bearin…

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.06km
Wongaksa Pagoda

Discover Wongaksa Pagoda in Seoul, South Korea: This pagoda was once the central feature of a Buddhist temple that no longer exists.

Brutalism 1980
2.61km
Kyungdong Presbyterian Church
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.55km
Sewoon Sangga (Sewoon Plaza)

Discover Sewoon Sangga (Sewoon Plaza) in Seoul, South Korea: Its humdrum facade only adds to its electrifying appeal: a rooftop with panoramic views of a shapeshifting metropolis.

Atlas Obscura 2021
1.68km
Jongmyo Shrine

Discover Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul, South Korea: The supreme shrine of the state.

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