Blog: Seoul: yes it's a megacity
Dave Leggett | 11 November 2013
Weather here is cool and dry, visibility very good
Seoul is, by any yardstick, one pretty big and heavily populated city. The metropolitan area including Incheon has a population estimated at over 25m and that's around half of South Korea's total. All things considered, congestion on the roads hasn't been a problem yet.
Kia is taking us to the Namyang R&D centre later today and I'm hoping to talk to the engneers there about the big challenges ahead that they are working on.
One thing that I am doing is looking for signs of import cars on the roads. Market access and the EU free trade agreement with South Korea is a hotly contested subject. Imports mainly seem to be German brands - VW, Mercedes and BMW - and do, indeed, seem pretty low in number.
Incidentally, I am staying on the 16th floor of the Grand Hyatt hotel on a hillside on the edge of this vast metropolis. View out of the window isn't at all bad.
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