Debuted in: 2007
Named after the most important king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejong the Great, this city is an answer to overpopulation in Seoul. As of now, the metropolitan area of the capital is estimated to harbor half of the country’s entire population. To foster economic activity and encourage people to move to Sejong instead, some government buildings have been moved here.
After a shaky start, Sejong is slowly starting to gain its footing. Visitors can explore the extensive Sejong Lake Park, featuring an island, walking path and stage, and roam around the quiet streets for an unconventional tour of a metropolis finding its way.
It’s pretty easy to get to from Seoul, about an hour-and-a-half drive away.