It may not be a popular tourist destination, but the Republic of Korea, called South Korea to differentiate it from its neighboring North Korea, it is a country that has a lot to offer the traveler: culture, traditions, architecture, nature, gastronomy ...
With its traditions still deeply rooted, the country is a haven of serenity and modernity. Here you will have the possibility to visit exceptional imperial palaces, advanced cities and a preserved nature. In addition, you will enjoy a unique and delicious gastronomy. Today we talk about their cities most important, based, as usual, on the number of inhabitants. Can you come with us?
How could it be otherwise, let's start by talking about Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Officially known as Seoul Special City, it is the most populous city in the country. It is located northwest, about 50 kilometers from the area demilitarized that separates the two Koreas. It is considered as a global city with a great quality of life. Of course, you can find numerous tourist attractions: museums, palaces, parks, shopping centers ...
The Metropolitan city of Busan, also known as Busan, is located in the extreme southeast of the country. Considered as the second most populous city in South Korea, during the 20th century it underwent a complete transformation, becoming a center of reference. In fact, it houses the most important port in the country. Among its biggest attractions are its six Beaches. Also, as it is surrounded by mountains, hiking is a very popular activity.
The third most populous city in South Korea is Incheon (officially Incheon Metropolitan City). Located in the extreme northwest, it houses the largest airport in the country. Due to its excellent bayIn recent times, the city has become very important. Although it is linked to Seoul by the metro systems, it is a completely independent city.
In terms of population, the fourth largest city in South Korea is Daegu (officially Daegu Metropolitan City). Located in the southeast of the country, the city has always had great importance thanks to its strategic location in the confluence of the Nakdong and Geumho rivers. It is a conservative place with a great influence on Buddhism, despite its modern buildings.
We continue our tour of the most important cities in South Korea in Daejeon (officially Metropolitan City of Daejeon), which is located in the center of the country. The city not only houses several national government offices, but also has numerous universities and research institutes. In fact, some call it the "Silicon Valley of Asia."
The sixth most populous city is Gwangju (officially Gwangju Metropolitan City). It is located in the southwest of the country. The city is famous for its rich and varied gastronomyAlthough there are other concepts that can also represent Gwangju, such as the arts, culture and automobiles.
We also have to talk about Ulsan (officially Metropolitan City of Ulsan), which is located in the extreme southeast of the country. For many years it was a fishing port specialized in hunting Whales and today it is the most important nucleus of the national economy. In fact, on its land it houses the world's largest naval shipyard, the world's second largest oil refinery and the world's largest automobile assembly plant.
Finally, we must talk about Suwon, which is located south of Seoul (about 30 kilometers). It is the last city walled South Korea, so its walls have become one of its main attractions. In addition, we must highlight the mix between the old and the modern that can be seen in its streets.
TOP 10 LARGEST CITIES OF South Korea (February 2023)
- Busan, Seoul