The city am looking forward to visit in the future is Seoul. The fashion in this city is unique, beautifully crafted and very affordable especially the women attire. Seoul also offers a wide range of great exotic food such as the famous Gimbap and Kimchi served in affordable restaurants at an average of $80 and $240 a night for 3 star and 5 stars respectively. The city is also home to the National Museum of Korea which exhibits the nation’s rich history and culture from centuries ago to the present. It is the metropolitan and a cosmopolitan city housing a population of approximately 10.01 million people. The city has been the nation’s capital for more than six centuries and covers an area of 223.7 square miles most of it covered with skyscrapers. It has a temperate climate with warm summers of a temperature of up to 350C and very cold winters where the temperature drops as low as -200C.
There are various economic activities carried out in the city such as tourism and manufacturing among others. It is ranked the 11th market in the world on the basis of nominal GDP and 13th by purchasing power propensity.Though by the end of the second war the main economic activity was agriculture, today the capital has diversified industries ranging from service, manufacturing and technology. The city is the hub of two large electronic firms LG and Samsung that manufacture consumer electronics and makes the country be the leading IT and electronics exporter in the world. This can be largely attributed to the government enthusiasm in providing quality and affordable technical training in learning institutions,encouraging innovation through providing research funds and the creation of favorable business environment. These industries contribute about 40% of the South Korea’s GDP. Seoul has a large service industry ranging from numerous convenient stores, supermarkets, restaurants and tourism which contribute about half of the country’s GDP. This is favored by a couple of factors including its strategic position close to major cities of the Asian region approximately a 2-4 hours flight. The numerous tourist attractions such as The Great National Museum and affordable hotels attract millions of people to the city annually thus bringing in a substantial amount of foreign exchange and demand for this services. The city also has the remnant of the great ancient city wall which was constructed in 1938 known as Namdaemun Gate, NamsanTowe which is one of the tallest building in the capital and gives a spectacular view of the city and Itaewon region which hosts restaurants and other popular cultures from all over the world. The city’s tremendous growth can be traced back to the times it hosted major international sports tournaments such as the summer Olympics of 1988.Other flourishing industries include textile, ship building and car manufacturing. Though the country’s economy is adversely affected by the turbulent conditions of neighboring North Korea it still remains a favorite investors’ destination(Choi & Kim, 2015).
The city has a deep culture spanning for over two centuries that is almost religiously upheld and also fused with other cultures from all over the world due to its cosmopolitan nature. This culture is expressed through dressing, food and major festivities. Residents of this city believe in existing in harmony and unity as evidenced by sharing of meals which is a direct contrast to the western culture where independence is the predominant culture. Usually, a majority of people prefer to eat at the numerous restaurants and on the streets as they are more affordable and offer a chance to interact with other people. There three major festivities that are observed in the city are the Lunar year, the first day of spring and Thanksgiving which occurs during February and September. During the Lunar year festivals, majority of the people travel to their hometown and congregate with friends and family, get haircuts and buy new clothes. Thanksgiving festival is marked by people paying their respect to the ancestors by cooking traditional foods, visiting graves of loved ones and performing rituals. Buddha’s Birthday in May is also a great day where the temples are filled with beautiful art display and performances. The main religion is Buddhism though the city’s occupants are tolerant and there is freedom of worship as long as it does not interfere with other people. People often dress in either formal clothes or smart casuals during ordinary occasions but torn clothes and weird fashion is looked down upon in this city(Kim, 2013).
Seoul just like any other big city is faced with major problems such as environmental pollution. Fumes from the numerous industries cause global warming and acid rain. Untreated discharge from homes and industries pollutes the water bodies such as rivers which make the water unfit for consumption and threatens aqua life. The great population also causes major sanitization issues such as delivery of clean and adequate water and also the removal of sewage wastes from the city. The government plans to enact regulations that will reduce pollution and also encourage environmental friendly practices(신정엽&김진영, 2012).
The Government of South Korea has involved largely the citizens of Seoul in policy formulation for future development plans especially in the vision 2030. This will ensure that people will be happier and will also increase corporation and coexistence in the city. The government also seeks to provide public housing for lease to suit various tenants’ needs so as to suit their profession and their income level. For instance, it has built a Malli-dong Artists’ Cooperative Building and Sinnae-dong Medical Safe Residence for medical practitioners. The government thus seeks to provide housing for the growing population by favoring leasing to owning and making them affordable to various groups of people. The government hopes to achieve this by incorporating the private sector and corporates to aid in planning and implementation of this idea. The government also plans to improve its architecture so as to better utilize the limited space and also preserve the ancient architecture since it is a historical city. It does so by encouraging innovations, new architectural designs, and also new building materials that is more affordable. Transport network such as roads and railways will also be expanded so as to cater for the expanding traffic into and out of the city. Other infrastructure such as sewage and communication networks to avoid future congestion. The government also aims to provide a balanced development plan that will ensure that all parts of the city grow equitably. This will be achieved by assigning different development projects in different districts of the city. These development goals will ensure that the city continues to grow economically, culturally and also politically (Ahn, 2014).
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