Seoul like soul; Korean: 서울 literally ’Capital’), officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea.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. With major technology hubs centered in Gangnam and Digital Media City – the Seoul Capital Area is home to the headquarters of 15 Fortune Global 500 companies, including Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. As with its long history, the Seoul Capital Area contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.Seoul has been described as the world’s “most wired city. My favourite company Samsung (means “three stars” in English) is the LARGEST South Korean multinational chaebol (Business conglomerate) headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul with comprises numerous affiliated businesses most of them united under the Samsung brand (Samsung Electronics, Samsung Engineering, Samsung C&T Corporation, Samsung Heavy Industries, Samsung SDS, Samsung Life Insurance, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, Cheil Worldwid) – Samung means ´´Three stars´´ with the word “three” represents something “big, numerous and powerful”. Samsung has a powerful influence on South Korea’s economic development, politics, media and culture and has been a major driving force behind the “Miracle on the Han River”. Many of the photos & videos in this knowledge & experience portal have been shot on a Samsung smart phone !
My visit to The Republic of Korea (South Korea) -North Korea (DPRK – The Democratic People´s Republic of Korea) is not accessible easily since Korean war and division of Korea in 1953. North and South Korea are divided by 38 degree parallel popularly called the De Militarized Zone (DMZ) – one of the most isolated and insecure borders in the world with land mines, tunnels, very restricted access, no cameras allowed etc.. kept by UN Joint command – It has restricted civilian access and requires a mandatory military escort. DMZ Tours require signing a waiver agreeing that no one is responsible for death, accident or injury and must adhere to the specified dress code (eg. no careless and casual dress like ripped jeans, sandals or unkempt hair etc.) and tours can end unexpectedly at any time if tensions rise at the border.In October 2018 – Both North and South Korea had discussions and have agreed to remove landmines across the border – Many dream of a peaceful united Korea and probably in future we may be able to visit North Korea.We have to wait and watch !
Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan and a major tourist destination. It is home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Prominent landmarks include the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and the Katsura Imperial Villa. Kyoto is also sometimes called the thousand-year capital Continue Reading
Osaka Castle (Ōsaka-jō) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period Description The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer It is Continue Reading
Bangkok has an Official ceremonial name and it is the longest full ceremonial name with 168 letters composed of sanskrit & pali root words and it translates / means ´´City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home Continue Reading
Japan (Japanese : 日本, Nippon). Japan’s name mean ‘sun origin’, and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Japan is the world’s 4th largest island country and encompasses about 6852 islands. The strato volcanic archipelago has five main islands- Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku & Okinawa which make up about 97% percent of Japan’s land area. The country is divided Continue Reading
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG known as the Old Royal Observatory from 1957 to 1998 – when the working Royal Greenwich Observatory, RGO, moved from Greenwich to Herstmonceux) is an observatory situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames What is The Royal Observatory @ Greenwich (ROG) The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (ROG known as the Old Royal Observatory from 1957 to 1998, Continue Reading
LONDON : GENERAL INFORMATION London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom Stands on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea London has been a major settlement for two millennia founded as Londinium was founded by the Romans The City of London, London’s Continue Reading