Miko the Kitty
: South Korea is a country in East Asia that forms the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Its neighbors are North Korea to the north, China to the west, Japan to the east and the Korea Strait to the south. South Korea is known for successfully having merged its impressive history and traditions with the technology of the modern world.
Seoul, South Korea’s capital city is a trendy, exciting and creative blend of the modern with the ancient. Surrounded by mountains and protected by the Han River, Seoul displays a high number of skyscrapers and temples, all standing in harmony with each other, and remembering the visitor of the Yin-Yang balance so essential in Korean life.
The historical architecture of the city is widespread and rich. From 5 Grand Palace compounds built by the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), Changdeokgung (창덕궁, 昌德宮), the "Palace of Prospering Virtue," is a complex palace that blends in perfect balance the architecture of the buildings with the nature of its surroundings. Changdeokgung Palace was added in 1997 to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for being an "outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design."
The remaining four palaces, Hanggyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung and Gyeonghuigung, constitute also an important part of the city’s cultural and historical heritage. From these, Gyeongbokgung Palace or the “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven,” served during the Joseon dynasty as the main palace to all the 5 Grand Palaces. During the first decade of the new millennium, this palace has undergone a series of restorations to bring it back to its original splendor.
Culture is also another very important aspect of Seoul. The city counts with more than 100 museums with the National Museum of Korea being the most representative of them all. Other important museums are the National Folk Museum with replicas of historical objects used to recreate the folk history of the Korean people, and the Seoul and Ilmin Museums of Art.
The “Hi! Seoul Festival” also plays an important role in the cultural activities of the city each year. This festival is a seasonal cultural festival taking place 4 times a year since 2003. The festival is characterized by parades, concerts, the performance of traditional dances, fireworks and other events.
A short introduction to Seoul, the capital of South Korea is truly an outstanding city full of history, tradition, technology, business and culture. Perhaps this is a city you will not want to miss the next time you visit East Asia.
I invite you to feel the spirit of South Korea and its capital city, Seoul: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCMxNp-TgzM