The Korean peninsula extends southward from the eastern end of the Asian continent. It is roughly 1,000 km (621 miles) long and 216 km (134 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Mountains cover 70% of the land mass, making it one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The peninsula is divided just slightly north of the 38th parallel. South Korea has a population of 48.6 million and consists of nine provinces, capital Seoul, six metropolitan cities, and an additional 77 cities and 88 counties.
Seoul has been the center of politics, economy and culture of Korea for six centuries since King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, who moved the capital here in the 3rd year (1394) of his reign. From ancient palaces with centuries of history to high-tech skyscraper of steel and glass, from ancient texts dating back millennia to the highest rate of broadband internet access in the world, Seoul is a place where the old and new exist in harmony. Today, Seoul is a dynamic city that never sleeps and the list of things to do is endless from sampling the outstanding cuisine served in the city's excellent restaurants to climbing the rock faces that overlook the city. Seoul is also the center of the so-called "Korean Wave" sweeping Asia. As Korean dramas, film and music reach a wider audience abroad, more and more visitors are coming to Seoul. With the first-class cultural facilities, terrific nightlife and a never-ending schedule of events, you will enjoy your visit.
Korea’s climate is characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. In November, which is when the congress is to take place, summer will just be ending and the weather will be cool. The average daytime temperature of November is usually around 6.9℃.