- About Seoul
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is the country’s financial, political, commercial, and cultural center. Home to more than 11.8 million residents in a well-organized area of around 600 km2, Seoul is one of the world’s largest cities and ranks seventh in overall growth rates, population, and sustainability.
Seoul has been the capital of South Korea ever since the 14th century. The city therefore offers a unique contrast of modernization and tradition where both values are preserved and open to public. While walking down the streets of luxurious department stores, futuristic architectures, and tall multi-purpose buildings, visitors are captivated and inspired by national treasures with more than 600-year-old history. The coexistence of the old and new is further seen in Seoul’s night life. As the four gates of the traditional palace light themselves after sunset, visitors may dine at exquisite cuisines; snack or shop at various night markets; or enjoy live performances at local entertainment districts.
Seoul offers one of the most advanced transportation services in the world. Major districts and cities are all accessible by public transportation and each vehicle can be tracked by smart devices. Such network systems allow visitors to efficiently travel around Seoul and fully expose themselves to South Korea’s attractions.
Seoul is the place to experience the harmonious coexistence of digital advancements and traditional preservations. We hope you come to this vibrant city and truly immerse yourself to the land full of beautiful surprises!
- Travel information
From the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) neighboring borders with North Korea to beautiful Jeju Island as the Southern point, South Korea holds diverse and decorative attractions with different colors for each season. As the most wired and vibrant city that never sleeps, the capital city Seoul offers myriad activities and tourist excitements. One will explore the upper side of the Han river, Gangbuk, a district of the most traditional symbols to the most exciting shopping centers. The other will cover the Southern part, famous by the song, Gangnam. The Han river flows through the heart of Seoul and beyond, providing a stunning scenery throughout the city.
Gangbuk (North of the Han river) Area
If you are in Gangbuk area, you may want to check out Changdeokgung Palace, Insa-dong, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Myeong-dong, and N Seoul Tower
Listed as one of the two UNESCO World Cultural Heritages in Seoul, Changdeokgung Palace is said to be the most beautiful Korean palace. Its garden is especially renowned for its hundreds of years old trees and ponds. The cultural asset, once protected from visitors for decades, preserves the tradition of the long-held history of Korea.
Once home to the aristocracy and public officials working for the king, Insa-dong developed into a street of antique shops and numerous galleries. Today, the area is an established street of tradition and art, where local people and international tourists come to browse and buy. The various street food and traditional-style restaurants add another reason to not miss this place.
The stream was newly born in 2005 after being under concrete for decades. Now, twenty-two beautifully designed bridges span over the 5.8 km that runs through the heart of the busy bustle of the city.
Myeong-dong & N Seoul Tower
Although the streets are labyrinth, there is almost nothing you can’t find in Myeong-dong. From street vendors to luxury stores, Myeong-dong is the center of shopping and fashion in South Korea. All kinds of shops and restaurants are densely located. A walk from the busy shops leads to the cable car station going up to N Seoul Tower, the landmark visible from virtually anywhere in Seoul. The open terrace provides a fascinating view of the cityscape.
Gangnam (South of the Han river) Area
For Gangnam area, we recommended you to visit Sebit Floating Island, Gangnam Station, Jamsil Han River Cruise (Including Banpo River light show).
Sebit Floating Island
Sebit Island is the nation’s first-ever artificial island that floats on the surface of Hangang River, which even appeared in the movie Avengers. The Island is comprised of three flower-themed islets – solvit, chavit and gavit, each with different functions. It is a prospective venue for a range of artistic performances and exhibitions, and a landmark attraction that connects to the parks alongside the river.
Psy’s Gangnam Style may seem like yesterday’s song, but the center-city Gangnam district is still the most crowded and busiest area in Seoul. Visitors travel to Gangnam to take advantage of its convenient transportation, fashion malls, movie theatres and bookstores. Samsung Electronics’ ‘d-light’ located in this district. also welcomes visitors as a global exhibition space that shares the excitement and delight of its latest product showcases and digital technology.
Jamsil & Han River Cruise
The tallest building in South Korea, and the fifth tallest in the world, the staggering skyscraper Lotte World Tower is located in Jamsil. It towers over the Seokchon Lake and Lotte World, the popular in-and-outdoor amusement park. Jamsil also is a dock for the Han River Ferry Cruise. Streaming through the city lights, the cruise turn point is at Banpo River that holds a spectacular fountain light show in the evenings. Buffet dinner can be provided by the ferry.
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- Visa information
Participants from countries requiring a visa to enter Republic of Korea should obtain one from the nearest Korean embassy or consulate in good time.
More detailed information how to obtain a visa is shown at the website below.
We will be able to provide the documents necessary for visa application of the participants who have completed their online registration and payment.
For more details, please contact the secretariat of ITS Seoul 2018 by e-mail.