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Seoul: Capital of South Korea
Seoul, officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. With the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, Seoul forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area. Ranked as an alpha world city, Seoul was the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$635 billion in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. International visitors generally reach Seoul via AREX from the Incheon International Airport, notable for having been rated the best airport for nine consecutive years (2005–2013) by the Airports Council International. In 2015, it was rated Asia's most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis, with the GDP per capita (PPP) in Seoul being around $40,000. In 2017, the cost of living in Seoul was ranked 6th globally. In 2018, Seoul's real estate market was ranked 5th in the world for the price of apartments in the downtown center., Seoul was one of the host cities for the official tournament of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.


China quarantines 94 on flight from Seoul after three show fever symptoms: CCTV

China has quarantined 94 passengers on a flight from Seoul to Nanjing after three were showing signs of fever, the state broadcaster CCTV said early on Wednesday.
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Hong Kong warns against travel to South Korea as virus spreads

The Hong Kong government warned residents on Monday to avoid all non-essential travel to South Korea, as the government in Seoul reported 231 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the country's total to..
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Coronavirus outbreak: Israel blocks arrivals from Seoul [Video]Coronavirus outbreak: Israel blocks arrivals from Seoul

South Korea has lodged a complaint with Israel after a planeload of South Koreans was denied entry.

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The real-life sights of South Korea's Oscar-winning "Parasite" [Video]The real-life sights of South Korea's Oscar-winning "Parasite"

South Korea's Academy Award-winning "Parasite" used a range of visual cues to tell its story of suffocating class struggle through the sights of Seoul, join Emer McCarthy for a tour.

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South Korea welcomes home 'Parasite' cast [Video]South Korea welcomes home 'Parasite' cast

The cast of the history-making film 'Parasite' receives a heroes' welcome in their home country of South Korea. Gloria Tso reports.

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South Koreans proud of 'Parasite' Oscar win [Video]South Koreans proud of 'Parasite' Oscar win

Cheers broke out in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Monday when the dark comedy "Parasite" became the first non-English language movie to win the Best Picture award, already having netted three..

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South Korean student performs spectacular taekwondo kick [Video]South Korean student performs spectacular taekwondo kick

A student shows off his taekwondo skills by kicking a board four metres high after somersaulting through the air

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'I will continue to fight': South Korea's first transgender soldier vows to oppose dismissal [Video]'I will continue to fight': South Korea's first transgender soldier vows to oppose dismissal

South Korea's first transgender soldier said on Wednesday she would sue the military after it announced it would dismiss her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery last year. Emer McCarthy reports.

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BTS to fly hot air balloon from London to Seoul [Video]BTS to fly hot air balloon from London to Seoul

The balloon, created by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, will be made entirely of recycled plastic bags and self-propelled.

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South Korean movie director makes Oscar history [Video]South Korean movie director makes Oscar history

Bong Joon-ho's dark comedy "Parasite" has won six Academy Awards nominations, including best director. Olivia Chan reports.

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South Korea, U.S. defense chiefs to meet amid unresolved dispute on cost-sharing

With South Korea's defense minister due to meet his American counterpart on Monday in Washington, the U.S. military doubled down on calls for Seoul to pay more in defense costs, warning of the..
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Coronavirus: South Korea confirms huge rise in cases

Seoul says the 229 new cases raise the total number of confirmed infections to 433.
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Inequality tour: The real-life sights of South Korea's Oscar-winning 'Parasite'

From the houses to the noodles, South Korea's Oscar winning movie "Parasite" tells its story of a suffocating class struggle through the sights and smells of Seoul.
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South Korea's 'Parasite' wins Oscar for best international feature film

South Korea's "Parasite," a pitch-black comedy about haves and have-nots in modern Seoul, won the Oscar for best international film on Sunday.
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In pictures: South Korea mass wedding defies coronavirus fears

Thousands of couples, many wearing masks, attend a church-organised ceremony near Seoul.
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Parasite: The real people living in Seoul's basement apartments

What's it like living in the semi-underground Seoul flats that feature in hit Korean film Parasite?
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U.S. military warns South Korean workers of potential leave amid prolonged talks

The U.S. military said it has begun notifying nearly 9,000 South Korean workers that they will be put on leave starting April if Seoul and Washington fail to reach a deal on sharing costs for the..
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South Koreans call in petition for Chinese to be barred over virus

More than half a million South Koreans have signed a petition calling for a ban on visitors from China as Seoul announced on Tuesday it would evacuate citizens from the epicenter of the new coronavirus..
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North Korea's Kim taps tough-talking military veteran as foreign minister

North Korea's new foreign minister is a former defense commander with little diplomatic experience, spotlighting leader Kim Jong Un's reliance on party and military loyalists at a sensitive time amid..
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North Korean foreign minister replaced: report

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has been replaced, Seoul-based NK News reported on Saturday.
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U.S. ambassador becomes mustachioed face of South Korean discontent

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea drew criticism from the highest levels of government in Seoul on Friday for suggesting that Seoul consult with Washington about the possibility of reopening tourism..
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Europe helps secure release of 11 North Korean defectors held in Vietnam activists

A group of 11 North Koreans who were detained in Vietnam while seeking to defect to South Korea have been released thanks to the help of European institutions, a Seoul-based activist group said on..
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Japan PM asks South Korea to take steps to resolve bilateral row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday it is South Korea's responsibility to come up with measures that would resolve bilateral disputes that have taken Tokyo's relationship with Seoul to..
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Seoul, Washington fail to agree on cost of U.S. troops; U.S. 'not focused on' $5 billion demand

South Korea and the United States failed on Wednesday to agree on Seoul's contribution toward hosting some 28,500 U.S. troops, but the U.S. side hinted after the two days of talks ended that it will no..
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Japan Suga: Japan, South Korea ties will return to health if Seoul keeps its promises

Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday that relations with South Korea were in a "severe situation in various areas" but would return to healthy ties if Seoul kept its promises.
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U.S. envoy to visit Seoul as deadline looms for stalled North Korea talks

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea will arrive in South Korea on Sunday ahead of a year-end deadline set by Pyongyang for Washington to soften its approach to stalled denuclearization talks, Seoul..
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Police ask for charges against singer in K-pop band BTS over car crash: Yonhap

Seoul police have asked prosecutors to consider pressing charges against a member of hit South Korean boyband BTS over an October car crash, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, citing police..
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Trump, South Korea's Moon discuss trying to maintain talks with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea, Seoul said on Saturday, as Pyongyang warns of waning..
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South Korea, China agree to step up exchanges to re-set ties after missile defense row

South Korea and China agreed to beef up diplomatic and cultural exchanges to "completely normalize" ties that soured over the deployment of U.S. anti-missile systems in 2017, Seoul officials said on..
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Senior China diplomat visits South Korea to re-set ties

South Korea said it would seek China's help to denuclearize the Korean peninsula as one of Beijing's most senior diplomats arrived in Seoul on Wednesday to repair ties that soured over the deployment..
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Top diplomat in China's government visits South Korea after four-year gap to mend ties

The top diplomat in China's government arrived in Seoul on Wednesday, visiting South Korea for the first time in more than four years as the two countries seek to repair ties that soured over the..
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Senior Chinese diplomat set for first visit to South Korea in five years amid missile defense row

A high-ranking Chinese diplomat is visiting Seoul this week for the first time in five years as the two countries seek to improve ties amid a spat over a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.
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NGO accuses North Korea of institutionalized child sex abuse

North Korean children are "constantly in danger" of sexual abuse and resulting social stigma without any chance to seek legal protection, a Seoul-based rights group said on Wednesday.
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Wider Image: No money, no hope: South Korea's 'Dirt Spoons' turn against Moon

Hwang Hyeon-dong lives in a 6.6-square-metre (71-square-foot) cubicle near his university campus in Seoul, which comes with a shared bathroom and kitchen plus all the rice he can eat, that he rents for..
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Japan foreign minister says to discuss wartime labor issue with South Korean counterpart

Japan's foreign minister said he plans to discuss the contentious issue of wartime laborers on the Korean peninsula at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart on Saturday, a day after Seoul..
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South Korea asked U.S. for help in resolving issues with Japan: South Korea statement

South Korea's foreign minister asked the United States on Saturday for help in resolving issues with Japan, Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement that followed a bilateral meeting at a Group of..
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South Korea's Kang says to discuss wartime issues with Japan, but 'not much time left'

South Korea and Japan will put discussions about their contentious wartime past back on the table, Seoul's foreign minister said on Saturday, warning that a recent thaw in relations had bought them a..
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South Korea to continue intelligence-sharing pact with Japan

Seoul announces a last-minute decision to renew the accord, threatened by a long-running dispute.
BBC News - Published

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