ICO 2020 SEOUL
International Congress of
Osteoporosis 2020
OCT 23~25, 2020 Dragon City Hotel, Seoul
D--35
Today : 2020-11-27
Information Seoul,Korea
Seoul, Korea
The Korean Peninsula is located in North-East Asia. It is bordered by the Amnok River (Yalu River) to the northwest, separating Korea from China, and the Duman River (Tumen River) to the northeast which separates Korea from both China and Russia. The country itself is flanked by the Yellow Sea to its west and the East Sea to the east. There are several notable islands that surround the peninsula including Jejudo, Ulleungdo and Dokdo. The Korean peninsula is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea's total land area is 100,033 sq km, and it has a population of 49.8 million people (2011). Because of its unique geographical location, Korea is a very valuable piece of land and an international hub of Asia.
Climate
Food
Tourism
Like the rest of Korea, Seoul has four distinct seasons, which means the landscape changes considerably throughout the year. This unique climate is deeply embedded within Korea's cultural fabric.
Spring in Seoul
Seoul's average temperature is 12.2 degrees Celsius, and spring begins around March, when the entire city bursts into flowers. Many Seoulites enjoy strolling around Yeouido or other green spaces throughout the city that are filled with a dizzying display of cherry blossoms, forsythias, azaleas, and magnolias. This is the season when the temperature drops sharply after nightfall. Those planning to visit Seoul at this time must remember to pack suitable clothing. A pair of sunglasses and a mask to keep you from inhaling the yellow dust that is carried over from China during the spring are essential. The atmosphere can be extremely dry, so take extra care if you have sensitive skin or a sore throat.
Summer in Seoul
Seoul's long, hot, and humid summer is only interrupted by sporadic monsoon rains in June and July. If you find Seoul somewhat quiet during this period, that's because many Koreans go on vacation at this time of year. You will also find people gathered around the water fountain in front of Gwanghwamun Square or under a bridge along the Hangang (River). Banpodaegyo (Bridge) is a popular spot that offers a fantastic view of the city.
Fall in Seoul
Seoul's pleasant autumn season lasts from September to November. Seoul is filled with bright autumnal colors at this time of year. It is the harvest season, which is celebrated by showing thanks to the ancestral deities and spirits. It is also the season in which people prepare for the imminent winter. The Hi! Seoul Festival, one of Seoul's most notable events, takes place in autumn. Changgyeonggung and Gyeongbokgung Palaces are open until later in the evening during this period. It's worth visiting the city at night to see the hundreds of lanterns hanging above the streets during the Lantem Festival.
Winter in Seoul
Due to the strong influence of icy air from the North, winter is quite cold in Seoul. This is when public areas all over Seoul open skating rinks. The days become markedly shorter, and you will see Seoulites busily going about their business wrapped up against the cold under myriad flashy neon lights.
Korean food is referred to in Korean as Hansik. While many other Asian ethnic foods such as Chinese or Japanese cuisine have become popular throughout the world, Korean food has yet to reach its peak. The Korean government is crusading for the globalization of Hansik in cooperation with companies, civic groups and the mass media. As the people of the world gain a better understanding of Korean food its flavors, and its roots, Korean food will undoubtedly become a global commodity like the foods of Korea's neighbors.
The bustling Myeongdong is a shopping area filled with world-class fashion brands, high-end department stores, and Korean brand cosmetics stores. A performance that combines traditional music and theater is performed at Myeongdong Nanta Theater. Nearby is a Gothic bell tower at the Myeongdong Cathedral, built in the 19th century.
It was in 1395, three years after the Joseon Dynasty was founded by King Taejo (Yi Seong-gye), when the construction of the main royal Palace was completed after the capital of the newly founded dynasty moved from Gaeseong to Seoul (then known as Hanyang). The Palace was named Gyeongbokgung Palace, the "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven."
With Mount Bugaksan to its rear and Mount Namsan in the foreground, the site of Gyeongbokgung Palace is at the heart of Seoul and, indeed, deemed auspicious according to the traditional practice of geomancy.