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With more than 600 years of history, Seoul is Korea's capital city. It is Korea’s cultural and educational heart, as well as the center of politics and economics. Seoul is unique, in that historical sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and modern cultural facilities coexist in harmony. Seoul is a world-class city with numerous amenities and shopping districts such as Myeongdong and Apgujeong.

Busan is Korea's second-largest city and the nation's largest port. From Busan, there are myriad sea routes offering gateways to Japan and to the rest of the world. Busan also boasts many natural scenic vistas around the Nakdonggang River, which flows east, adjacent to the ocean at the south. Busan's landscape includes a coastline with fine beaches, scenic islets and tall mountains. The *Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is held annually and attracts movie buffs enthusiasts from
all over the world. (*Under Korea's new Romanization system promulgated in 2000, Pusan is now spelled Busan. The film festival was established before the system took effect, thus the original spelling "Pusan" is still employed.)

Jeju-do is the premier tourist destination in Korea, mostly because of the stunning natural scenery and superior visitor amenities. Scenic beaches, waterfalls, cliffs and caves lie in harmony, and the mild weather makes Jeju-do an even more ideal tourist destination. Mt. Hallasan in Jeju-do has flora and fauna of both temperate and tropical varieties, that coexist on the mountain. The Jungmun Tourist Complex is a comprehensive tourist resort and provides top-quality accommodations and
tourist facilities.

As the capital of the Silla Kingdom for almost a thousand years, Gyeongju preserves vast amount of significant and fascinating historical heritages. Along with Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, the Gyeongju Historical District has been designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Due to the bountiful historical, natural and cultural attractions, this region has long been a major tourist destination in Korea.

Incheon boasts Korea's second-largest port, and is also home to Incheon International Airport. Incheon is adjacent to the West Sea, which is dotted with numerous islands and islets that provide many marine tourist assets. It lies in a strategically important position for trade and cultural exchange with sea routes connecting Korea to the rest of the world, especially linking to nearby Chinese cities.

Located in the center of Korea, Daejeon is one of the largest cities. It is a major junction for train lines and expressways. Daejeon is a city of science and education and major attractions include Daedeok Science Town, Daejeon Expo Park, Yuseong Hot Springs Resort and the Daecheong Dam.

Daegu is one of the largest cities in Korea and is located in a basin surrounded by mountains. The major tourist attractions include Mt. Biseulsan Provincial Park and Mt. Palgongsan Provincial Park. In Mt. Biseulsan Park, there is a plain four kilometers in diameter where a carpet of azalea and purple eulalia blossoms offers exquisite scenery in the spring and fall.

Located in the southeastern area of Korea, Ulsan is Korea's largest industrial city. The city of Ulsan is easy to access and abundant in historical relics from the Silla Kingdom. The city's major tourist attractions include Ulgi Park, Ulgi Lighthouse and Mt. Gajisan Provincial Park.