Seoul has been the capital of Korea for more than 600 years since the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). It was referred to as “Hanyang” during the Joseon Dynasty, but after liberation from Japan in 1945, the newly founded Republic of Korea officially changed the name of its capital city to Seoul.
Today’s Seoul is a bustling metropolis, acting as the hub for political, economical, social and cultural matters. The Hangang River, which runs through the center of the city, divides Seoul into the culture and history-oriented northern region, and the business-oriented southern region.
Seoul City Tour Bus
Making the rounds around Seoul’s best-known spots, the Seoul City Tour Bus is a favorite among visitors to Seoul. Visitors can get on and off the bus anywhere along the tour. The 41-seater buses have pre-recorded audio guides in Korea, English and Chinese. Night tours are also offered (www.seoulcitybus.com).