Seoul is the capital of Korea. With a municipal population of over 11.8 million, and a metropolitan population totaling over 25.6 million, Seoul is by far Korea's largest city and one of East Asia's financial and cultural epicenters.
Seoul also serves as the cultural, economic, business and political center of Korea. A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, it is home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high-pressure educational system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend-setting youth culture and often crushing conformism.
Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts where skyscrapers tower over its Buddhist temples. The city also boosts extraordinary architecture and endless monotonous rows of gray apartment buildings.