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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 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$635.4 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 $39,786. 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.

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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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Seoul


K-pop star found dead at home - local media [Video]K-pop star found dead at home - local media

K-pop singer Koo Hara was found dead in her home on Sunday, fans led an emotional tribute for her in South Korea's capital. Michelle Hennessy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

North Korea's Kim supervises drills: state media [Video]North Korea's Kim supervises drills: state media

State news agency KCNA reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised military drills twice in the last three days, as the U.S. and South Korea announced on Sunday that they would be..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

US calls on Seoul to pay more on US troops presence [Video]US calls on Seoul to pay more on US troops presence

President Donald Trump wants $5bn a year from Seoul for having 28,000 US soldiers stationed in South Korea which is more than 5 times what it pays now.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:50Published

South Korea holds funerals for the living [Video]South Korea holds funerals for the living

More than 25,000 people have attended mass funerals for the living in South Korea. Their aim? To help appreciate their lives, by simulating their deaths. Michelle Hennessy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:48Published

Seoul showcases new weapons to world [Video]Seoul showcases new weapons to world

South Korea shows off its military might at one of the biggest defence industry trade shows in the region.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:20Published

 

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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

Dispute between Japan and South Korea overshadows G20 meetings

Japan seized the last event of its G20 presidency on Friday to push back at South Korean claims about radiation from its ruined Fukushima nuclear plant as a deep dispute between Tokyo and Seoul..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon denies U.S. is considering pulling troops from South Korea

The Pentagon on Thursday denied a South Korean news report saying that the United States was considering a significant cut to its troop numbers in South Korea if Seoul does not contribute more to the..
Reuters - Published

North Korea says 'not right time' for Kim to attend South Korea ASEAN summit

North Korea rejected an invitation for leader Kim Jong Un to attend a planned summit in Seoul with Southeast Asian nations next week, saying "now is not the time" due to strained ties, North Korean..
Reuters - Published

U.S. considers pulling up to 4,000 troops from South Korea: Chosun Ilbo

The United States is considering a significant cut to its troop numbers in South Korea if Seoul does not contribute more to the cost of the deployment, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on..
Reuters - Published

U.S. breaks off defense cost talks, as South Korea balks at $5 billion demand

The United States broke off talks with South Korea on increasing Seoul's contribution to the costs of hosting U.S. troops, after the two sides failed to narrow their differences on Tuesday in a row..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says South Korea can do more on costs after talks break down

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he believed South Korea "can and should" contribute more on cost-sharing for hosting the U.S. military, after Seoul broke off the talks earlier in the..
Reuters - Published

U.S. never raised issues of troop reduction or pullout from South Korea: Seoul official

The United States has never mentioned the issues of reducing or withdrawing troops from South Korea during talks on the sharing of defense costs, Seoul's negotiator told a news conference on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

U.S., South Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over Trump demand

South Korean and U.S. officials broke off talks on Tuesday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the U.S. military, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a..
Reuters - Published

U.S., South Korea resume defense cost-sharing talks amid protests of 'robbery'

South Korean and U.S. officials resumed talks on Monday to narrow a $4 billion gap in how much they want Seoul to pay for the cost of hosting the American military amid public protests of "highway..
Reuters - Published

Japan tells U.S. 'no one could be optimistic about North Korea'

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told his U.S. and South Korea counterparts on Sunday that "no one could be optimistic about North Korea," shortly after Washington and Seoul announced plans to..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon's Esper says it is crucial South Korea pays more for U.S. troops

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Friday to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with its other Asian..
Reuters - Published

Japan wants 'sensible response' from South Korea over intelligence pact

A senior Japanese diplomat on Friday asked his South Korean counterpart for a "sensible response" regarding Seoul's decision not to renew an intelligence sharing pact, known as GSOMIA, with the..
Reuters - Published

North Korea says it will remove Mt Kumgang resort facilities if South insists on talks

North Korea said on Friday it had sent South Korea an "ultimatum" about its Mt Kumgang tourist resort, saying it will unilaterally remove South Korea's facilities there if Seoul insists on talks about..
Reuters - Published

North Korea says will unilaterally remove South Korean facilities at Mt Kumgang if South insists on talks

North Korea said on Friday that it had sent South Korea an "ultimatum" on Monday about North Korea's Mt Kumgang tourist resort, saying that it will unilaterally remove South Korea's facilities there if..
Reuters - Published

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