Etymology of "Seoul" Seoul is a rendering of the Korean word “seo'ul” (서울), pronounced [səˈul].An etymological hypothesis presumes that the origin of the native word “seo'ul” derives from the native name Seorabeol (Korean: 서라벌; Hanja: 徐羅伐), which originally referred to Gyeongju, the capital of Silla, then called Geumseong (금성; 金城).
Seoul (/ s oʊ l /, like soul; Korean: 서울 (); lit. 'Capital'), officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. Seoul has a population of 9.7 million people, and forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area with the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province.
Despite its name (Large East Gate), Dongdaemun district does not include the East gate of Seoul, also known as Dongdaemun (and by its official name Heunginjimun). Incorportated into Seoul in 1936, the heart of the district is Cheongnyangni station , one of the main train stations in Seoul, built in 1911.NamePopulationAreaPopulation densityDobong-gu (도봉구; 道 峰 區 )355,71220.70 km²17184/km²Dongdaemun-gu (동대문구;376,31914.21 km²26483/km²Dongjak-gu (동작구; 銅 雀 區 )419,26116.35 km²25643/km²Eunpyeong-gu (은평구; 恩 平 區 )503,24329.70 km²16944/km²
Seoul has been known in past by the names Wirye-seong (위례성), Hanju (한주), Namgyeong (남영), Hanseong (한성), Hanyang (한양), Gyeongseong (경성). It’s current name comes from the Korean word meaning “capital city.” The name Seoul is thought to come from the Seorabeol (서라벌) which is Gyeongju ’s old name.
For example, the Seoul Electric Company, Seoul Electric Trolley Company, and Seoul Fresh Spring Water Company were all joint Korean-American owned enterprises. In 1904, an American by the name of Angus Hamilton visited the city and said, "The streets of Seoul are magnificent, spacious, clean, admirably made and well-drained.
This list of tallest buildings in Seoul ranks skyscrapers in the South Korean capital city of Seoul by height. The tallest in the city is currently the 555m (1,821ft) Lotte World Tower with 123 floors.
Many Seoul mayors have gone on to hold higher office. Yun Bo-seon and Lee Myung-bak both went on to become President of the Republic of Korea . The incumbent acting mayor is Seo Jung-hyup , who assumed office on July 10, 2020, after the disappearance and death of the previous mayor, Park Won-soon .
FC Seoul had 20 wins, 2 draws, and 6 defeats in the domestic league under Vingada's management. FC Seoul recorded an attendance of 60,747 against Seongnam Ilhwa on May 5, 2010 at Seoul World Cup Stadium, which is the highest single-game attendance record in South Korean professional sports history.
The city was popularly called Seoul in Korean during both the Chosŏn (Yi) dynasty (1392–1910) and the period of Japanese rule (1910–45), although the official names in those periods were Hansŏng (Hanseong) and Kyŏngsŏng (Gyeongseong), respectively.
Jul 28, 2010 · You see, I live in a city called Seoul. It is unique in that it is a major place name in Korea that cannot be written in Chinese characters. Busan is 釜山 (“Cauldron Mountain”), Gwangju is 光州 (“Light State”), and Pyongyang is 平壌 (“Peace Land”). Seoul, on the other hand can only be written in Hangeul, or phonetically.