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Seoul city profile | city data
IndicatorFigureDateSourceNotes
Number of music performances per year7,2952016Korea Arts Management ServiceSurvey on the Performing Arts 2017
Public libraries1,0772017Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture
Other museums1852017Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
National museums16 2017Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Major concert halls5 2018Seoul Foundation for Arts and CultureData only include concert halls with orchestra in residence
Number of live music venues84 2017Seoul Metropolitan Government
Number of theatrical performances at all theatres per year88,4582016Korea Arts Management ServiceSurvey on the Performing Art 2017
Theatres3882017Seoul Foundation for Arts and CultureSeoul culture index 2017
% of public green space (parks and gardens)27.8%2016Seoul Metropolitan Government
Number of other Heritage/Historical sites5942018Seoul Metropolitan Government
UNESCO World Heritage Sites32018Seoul Foundation for Arts and CultureSeoul culture index 2017
Number of book titles published in the country in a year59,764 2017Korean Publishers AssociationSeoul culture index 2017
Number of dance performances per year2,3662016Korea Arts Management ServiceSurvey on the Performing Arts 2017
Art galleries2442016Korea Arts Management ServiceSurvey on the Performing Arts 2017
Specialist private cultural HE establishments542017Korean Education Statistics Service
Number of students enrolled in specialist Art & Design public institutions3,1942017Korean Education Statistics ServiceData refers to students at the Korea National University of Arts only
Number of students of Art & Design degree courses at generalist universities108,9032017Korean Education Statistics Service
Number of non-professional dance schools992014Korea Telephone Directory
Cinemas952018Korean Film Council
Cinema screens5712018Korean Film Council
Number of cinema screens per 100,000 population5.82018Korean Film Council
Number of films given theatrical release in the country in a year1,7692017Korean Film Council
Number of foreign films given theatrical release in the country in a year1,2762017Korean Film Council
Film festivals1212018Korean Film Council
Bookshops540 2018Seoul Foundation for Arts and CultureSeoul culture index 2017
Number of bookshops per 100,000 population5.52018Seoul Foundation for Arts and CultureSeoul culture index 2017
Number of bars18,279 2016Statistics KoreaCensus on establishement
Number of bars per 100,000 population186.02016Statistics KoreaCensus on establishement
Number of restaurants83,2392016Statistics KoreaCensus on establishement
Number of Michelin star restaurants242018Michelin Guide Seoul
Number of markets1982017Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture / Seoul Metropolitan Government
Festivals and celebrations3712017Seoul Metropolitan Government / Korean Film Council
Number of international students studying in the city33,1402016Korean Educational Development InstituteLanguage course and exchange program students are not included in this statistics
Number of video games arcades2762016Statistics KoreaCensus on establishement
Number of visits to top 5 most visited museums & galleries17,214,6182017Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Number of admissions at all theatres per year15,964,587 2016Korea Arts Management ServiceSurvey on the Performing Arts 2017
Total value of theatre ticket sales at all theatres per year - $m (ppp)$92 2016Korea Arts Management ServiceSurvey on the Performing Arts 217
Number of cinema admissions per year58,091,5072017Korean Film Council
Number of admissions at main film festival30,000 2017Seoul Metropolitan GovernmentInternational Women's Film Festival in Seoul
Total value of cinema ticket sales per year -$ (ppp)$549,331,093 2017Korean Film Council
Estimated attendance at main carnival/festival1,322,0002017Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture
Estimated attendance at main carnival/festival as % of city population13.5%2017Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture
Number of international tourists per year13,335,7582017Ministry of Culture, Sports and TourismInternational Visitor Survey 2017
Number of international tourists per year as % of city population135.9%2017Ministry of Culture, Sports and TourismInternational Visitor Survey 2017
Geographical area size, sq. km605 2017Ministry of Land; Infrastructure and TransportCadastral Statistics 2018
Total population number9,814,0492018Statistics Korea
% of total national country population living in the city19.0%2018Statistics Korea
Working age population6,844,8392018Statistics Korea
Number of households4,241,547 2018Statistics Korea
Foreign born population %4.1%2016Statistics Korea
Education level-% with degree level or higher35.8%2015Statistics Korea
Average income per capita per year (ppp)$23,445 2016Statistics Korea
GDP (ppp)(million)$410,963 2016Statistics Korea
Creative industries employment %12.0%2012Statistics Korea
Night Clubs, Discos and Dance Halls154 2016Statistics KoreaCensus on establishement
Number of public libraries per 100,000 population11.02017Seoul Foundation for Arts and CultureSeoul culture index 2017
Number of book loans by public libraries per year (million)26.02017Seoul Foundation for Arts and CultureSeoul culture index 2017
Total number of museums2012017Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Specialist public cultural HE establishments72017Korean Education Statistics Service
Number of restaurants per 100,000 population848.22016Statistics KoreaCensus on establishement
Community centres1202018Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture / Regional Culture&Development Agency