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Busan, South Korea Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 19
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,705
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 729
Committable Meeting Rooms* 11
Convention Center Space 92,761 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 285,118 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 52,111 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate KRW 240,018
Average Daily Meal Cost KRW 129,795
Average Weekly Car Rental KRW 846,347
*Maximum for a single hotel

Busan, South Korea Meeting Planning Overview

As if its gorgeous seaside locale weren't enough, Busan's cutting-edge technology and world-class convention facilities make it an obvious choice for meeting planners. A center for international conventions, Busan is no stranger to hosting large-scale events. In fact, the city played host to the 2002 Asian Games and the APEC Summit 2005, and since 1995 has annually hosted the popular Pusan International Film Festival. Korea's largest port city, Busan beckons visitors from every corner of the globe.

Easily accessible, Busan's Gimhae International Airport is just 40 minutes from the downtown district. Seeing over 462 flights per week on 21 different airlines, it is one of South Korea's busiest hubs. In addition to air travel, Busan lies on a number of rail lines that connect it with other major Korean cities including Seoul, Daejeon, and Daegu. Once visitors arrive in the city, public transportation opportunities abound with buses, light rail, subway trains, and even taxis that cater specifically to international guests.

When it comes to meeting venues, the premier convention facility in Busan is the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). Built in 2001, this massive facility is both beautiful and practical, capable of accommodating simultaneous conventions of up to 5,800 people. Busan tradeshows and exhibitions also find plenty of space in its 26,508-square-meter exhibition hall, which spans the equivalent of three soccer fields. A state-of-the-art facility, BEXCO offers numerous amenities including simultaneous translation in eight languages, on-site catering, a cafeteria, restaurants, and even a shopping mall.

Beyond BEXCO, Busan offers a number of smaller alternative venues that offer groups a chance to experience a unique taste of Busan. Host a meeting amidst a backdrop of dance, music, and art at the Busan Cultural Center. Enjoy the city from a new vantage point while aboard the Tiffany 21 cruise ship, which can accommodate parties as large as 300 guests. Or, immerse convention guests in an underwater adventure at the Busan Aquarium, home to 35,000 colorful sea creatures and perfect for receptions and events.

When the day is done, Busan welcomes tired visitors with over 9,000 hotel rooms that rate at three stars or higher. These hotels can also serve as convenient all-in-one meeting options, as they offer top-notch meeting space in addition to luxe guest rooms. In downtown Busan, the five-star Busan Lotte Hotel offers 11 banquet rooms for everything from dinners of 60 people to grand galas of 2,500 guests. Or, plan a conference, seminar, or even a fashion show at the Westin Chosun Hotel, boasting over 1,300 square meters of event space.

As the 5th-largest seaport in the world, Busan's economy is embedded in transportation and shipping. The city is also home to a number of colleges and universities including Busan National University, Busan National University of Education, Dong-A-University, and Busan Arts College.

About Busan, South Korea / Additional Info

Situated on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula overlooking the Korean Strait, Busan (also pronounced Pusan) is Korea's largest port city and the 5th largest port in the world. Spanning 766 square kilometers and divided into 15 major districts, the city is home to 3.6 million people, making it the second-most populous city in Korea after the capital of Seoul. From rolling hills and fresh seafood markets to endless beaches and picturesque islands, Busan is undoubtedly one of Korea's most beautiful and captivating destinations.

Busan's seaside location has made it a prime trading port since the 15th century. As such, it's no surprise that a number of the city's top attractions are tied into the water. Starting at the coast, sun-worshipers head to the famed Haeundae Beach, bask in the white sands of Songjeong Beach, or wander through the camellia and pine trees at the ancient Dongbaek Island. Meanwhile, families with children will not want to miss Busan Aquarium, Korea's largest aquarium with 45,000 inhabitants. Or, stop by the Jagalchi Market, the largest seafood market in the country. Here, guests can watch expert vendors prepare seafood for storage, purchase the freshest catch, or dine at the six-story Shindonga Market, home to several fresh-seafood restaurants serving both raw and cooked dishes.

Back inland, visitors can explore the remnants of Busan's storied past around every corner. Travel to the summit of the eastern portion of Mount Geumjeong and visit the popular Beomeosa Temple, one of the five greatest temples in Korea. Or, observe a prime example of Yi Dynasty architecture at Dongnae Hyanggyo. Visitors can also check out the Provisional Capital Memorial Hall, the former official residence of the president during the Korean War. For a more comprehensive view of Busan's historical significance, pop in the Busan Modern History Museum or the Busan Museum, featuring more than 11,000 historical artifacts.

Today's Busan is a hotbed of modern culture and eclectic shopping districts. An art lover's dream, the Busan Museum of Modern Art has 11 exhibition rooms and a serene outdoor sculpture garden. Shopping is a very popular activity in the city, with favorite stores being Lotte Department Store and the Choryang Arcade for Foreigners. Visitors who want a true taste of Busan can visit the largest traditional market in the region: Gukje Market. This patchwork of alleyways is brimming with vendors that sell everything from food and industrial products to handmade goods. In addition, visitors can pick up traditional Korean handicrafts at the Uri Segye, while the Hankook Folk Art Center features pieces of folk art, regional specialties, lacquer works, ceramic ware, and antiques.

When the sun sets over Busan, every corner of the city comes alive with an array of entertainment possibilities. Become the star the show at MURPII, which offers private karaoke rooms and a massive dance floor. For something more low key, Busan's dining scene is a culinary experience that won't soon be forgotten. From the trendy Kaya to the serene Morning Calm in Haeundae Beach, Busan's restaurants serve up everything from raw fish to grilled eel to the popular spicy seafood soup, Haemultang. A meal out in Busan will certainly be just as unique and refreshing as the city itself.

 
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