Traveleads ‘Walk Around the World Challenge’. This week we’ve reached…
by Traveleads | January 23, 2019 | CSR
After an arduous journey across Mongolia, our team of volunteers ‘Walking Around the World’ (raising money for two fantastic charities) managed to clock up another 1,284miles this week!
They set off from Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, heading in a South-Easterly direction.
A week later they arrived into Seoul in South Korea, so we thought it only fair we let them rest awhile and contemplate this incredible city.
Famed for hosting the 1988 summer Olympic Games, Seoul continued to attract tourism and investment long after it passed on the Olympic torch to Barcelona.
Situated on the Han River, Seoul’s history stretches back more than two thousand years to when it was founded in 18 BCE by Baekje, as one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea.
The Han River and its surrounding area played an important role in Korean history. The Three Kingdoms of Korea strove to take control of this land, where the river was used as a trade route to China (via the Yellow Sea). The river is no longer actively used for navigation, because its estuary is located at the borders of the two Koreas, with civilian entry barred.
Seoul continued as the capital of Korea under the Joseon Dynasty and today the Capital Area contains five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmy Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
The city is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, but its real skyline is defined by modern landmarks including the iconic N Seoul Tower, the gold-clad 63 Building, the neofuturistic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and the Sevit Floating Islands.
Seoul is considered one of the world’s leading and rising global cities, resulting from an economic boom called the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it into the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$845.9 billion. In 2014 it came in just behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles.
In 2015, the city was rated Asia’s most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis.
All of this is hardly surprising as economically Seoul is incredibly strong. Boasting 15 Fortune Global 500 companies such as Samsung (the world’s largest technology company) as well as LG and Hyundai-Kia. In 2014, the city’s GDP per capita (PPP) of $39,786 was comparable to that of France and Finland.
The city enjoys a humid continental climate. Summers are generally hot and humid, with the East Asian monsoon taking place from June until September. August, the warmest month, has an average temperature of 22 to 29 °C with higher temperatures possible. Winters are often cold to freezing with an average January temperature of −5.9 to 1.5 °C but are generally much drier than summers, with an average of 28 days of snow annually.
Two international airports serve Seoul. Gimpo International Airport, formerly in Gimpo but annexed to Seoul in 1963, was for many years (since its original construction during the Korea War) the only international airport serving Seoul. Other domestic airports were also built around the time of the war, including Yeouido.
When it opened in March 2001, Incheon International Airport on Yeongjong island in Incheon changed the role of Gimpo Airport significantly. Incheon is now responsible for almost all international flights and some domestic flights, while Gimpo serves only domestic flights with the exception of flights to Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Osaka Kansai International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, and Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. This has led to a significant drop in flights from Gimpo Airport, though it remains one of South Korea’s busiest airports.
Meanwhile, Incheon International Airport has become a major transportation center for East Asia.
Seoul features one of the world’s most advanced transportation infrastructures that is constantly under expansion. Its system dates back to the era of the Korean Empire, when the first streetcar lines were laid and a railroad linking Seoul and Incheon was completed. Seoul’s most important streetcar line ran along Jongn until it was replaced by Line 1 of the subway system in the early 1970s. There are nine major subway lines stretching for more than 250 km, with one additional line planned. With more than 8 million passengers per day, Seoul has one of the busiest subway systems in the world.
The number of business travellers visiting Seoul, has continued to climb, as you might expect given the corporate giants based there, but it’s not just the mega-corporations that are attracted to Seoul, smaller businesses have also looked to South Korea for expansion and investment opportunities and have played a significant part in the increased number of visitors.
Seoul received over 10 million international visitors in 2014, making it the world’s 9th most visited city and 4th largest earner in tourism.
Whether you would like to visit Seoul for business or leisure purposes, Traveleads will be delighted to take care of all your arrangements, including any visas you may require to enter the country. Call one of our experts today to discover how your business can travel for less.
As always our charity fundraisers must keep heading onwards, so with the sound of K-pop still ringing in their ears, they leave behind this beautiful city and continue onwards to … Well who knows where!
Join us next week to find out which incredible destination we have reached and don’t forget to sponsor or donate to our Walk Around the World charity fund. We’ve made it as easy as can be, simply text TRAV56 then £2.00 to 70070 to donate to our Air Ambulance Charity or TRAV62 then £2.00 to 70070 to donate to our Children’s Charity
£2.00 is our suggested donation but please feel free to donate whatever you can.
Charity details, along with the option to donate via our Just Giving page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/teams/traveleadscharity Thank you for joining us on our virtual journey…See you next week.
For your chance to win a case of wine from one of the Vineyards we will pass on our travels, just answer the following question: What number do you need to send text donations to? Send your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org *** COMPETITION NOW CLOSED ***
Distances travelled are measured in a straight line from point to point and make up our virtual journey destinations, actual miles may vary.
Total miles travelled since our journey started on 01st April: 6,020 miles
Destinations calculated courtesy of www.timeanddate.com