Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Embracing both tradition and the present, nature and the latest technology, Seoul is now reaching beyond Asia to become reborn as a global city. Roughly half of the country's 51 million people reside in the Seoul Capital Area, the second largest city in the world with over 25 million residents.
The Shinchon area around Yonsei campus is home to one of the most vibrant and exciting college towns in Seoul. With a rich array of facilities and activities, Shinchon creates a unique culture of its own and attracts young population from around the city and around the country. This is where one can mingle the youth of Korea.
Yonsei University is the first university founded in Korea in 1885, which was then Joseon Dynasty. Two missionaries from America established Yonsei’s foundation. A missionary named Underwood started education as a part of his missionary work, which became Yonhee College, while a medical missionary named Allen established Korea’s first modernized hospital ‘Chejungwon’, which became Severance Union Medical College. Two colleges consolidated to Yonsei University in 1957. Yonsei University grew into one of the best universities in Korea, constituted by over 30,000 students and 1700 faculty.
Korea is the only country that is still divided in the post-cold war era. Nonetheless, South Korea is considered the most successful country emerging post-World War II politically as well as economically.
Between 1962 and 1994, in a period called the “Miracle on the Han River”, South Korea was rapidly and successfully transformed into a high-income advanced economy and the world's 11th largest economy by 1995, providing valuable development models for developing countries today. South Korea is presently the world's fifth largest exporter and seventh largest importer. Its pop culture has considerable influence in Asia, and is expanding globally as a phenomenon often called the Korean Wave. Driven by high-tech industry such as Samsung and LG, South Korea was named the world's most innovative country, ranking first in research and development spent per GDP and patents filed per GDP. It is notable for being the world's largest shipbuilder and having the world's fastest Internet speed.
Hangeul: Korean Alphabet
Hangeul, Korean alphabet, was invented in 15th century by King Sejong the greatest during the Joseon Dynasty. Korean alphabet is consisted of 24 characters: 14 consonants and 10 vowels. Syllables are formed by the selective combination of vowels and consonants to create words, just like English. Note that Hangeul is the only language, where the creator is formally documented.