About Korea: Geography & Provinces
By Korea Tourism Organization
Korea is a mostly mountainous country, so much of the structures, roads and buildings are based on an angle. A lot of the flatlands are used for agricultural production. Korea is surrounded by beaches, categorizing between the West, and the East Coast. There are also some islands such as the famous Jeju-Island, Ulleung Island and Dokdo.
South Korea is composed of nine provinces, with Seoul as the capital City. The provinces include Seoul Metropolitan Area, Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongsangnam-do, Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do and Jeju-do. Other notable and advanced cities in Korea include Daejeon, Incheon, Sejong, Daegu.
Each district or city has its own unique characteristic or attraction point such as Everland in Gyeonggi-do, Haeundae Beach in Busan, or the Hanok Village in Jeonju. The spoken dialect of Korean also changes across each province, particularly within the Gyeongsang and the Jeolla Provinces.
To explain about Seoul in more detail, the regions and economic status are divided mainly into the North and South according to the Han River (which flows through Seoul measuring 514 km in length). Prices and quality of service, and infrastructure in general also differ according to this division.
Seoul is also home to the headquarters of several Fortune Global 500 companies such as LG, Samsung and Hyundai. Other Corporations are usually grouped and located as a hub, such as the financial hub in Yeouido, or the broadcasting station hub within Digital Media City.
In general, Seoul is considered a leading and a rising global city. Though it was rated as a city with one of the highest quality of living, it has some of the highest living costs, and has an extremely expensive real-estate market.
Tourists love Seoul for its high living standards, easy transportation in and out of the city, and for its cultural aspects such as the food and the night-life.
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