It’s easy to forget, with the modernity of South Korea’s capital city, that less than 70 years ago Seoul was reduced to ashes. Yet, since the end of the Korean War, Seoul has skyrocketed into the global spotlight as an economic, cultural and technological powerhouse. For photographers, the city’s speedy innovation makes for unmatched shots of modernity juxtaposed against the underbelly of a culture trying to keep up. Let these Instagram photos take you on a tour through the city.
In the 64 years since the Korean War cease-fire, Seoul has gone from rubble to the world’s 16th largest city and sixth most important.
The sprawling metropolis is so much more than South Korea’s capital city.
It’s now home to over 25 million people – half of the country’s population – and is ranked the ninth most visited city globally.
It stands as a glowing testament to the fortitude of a country determined to rebuild itself.
It’s the birthplace of K-pop and home to Fortune 500 giants Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.
In the face of its not-so-distant past, the sheer size and innovation of Seoul is mind boggling.
Cutting through the modernity are the the museums, heritage sites, back streets and local eateries that let the illuminating culture of Seoul truly shine.
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