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Consistently ranked as one of the top international conference destinations in the world, Seoul features harmonious blend of ancient tradition and cutting-edge technology, making it an obvious choice for meeting planners. Seoul is also known as a hub of international business and information technology, as well as the home of several of South Korea's prestigious colleges and universities.
Seoul's appeal is broadened by its accessibility, thanks to its two airports, Gimpo International and Incheon International. As the primary gateway to Seoul, Incheon International is one of the busiest airports in the world and one of Northeast Asia's main travel hubs. Seoul also features a government-run bus system, as well as one of the largest subway systems in the world.
Contributing to its popularity is the city's immense COEX Convention & Exhibition Center, which ranks among the largest convention complexes in Asia. Located within the massive World Trade Center Seoul, COEX boasts a wide range of versatile venues to meet any need, including a grand ballroom, multiple exhibition halls, large conference rooms, and smaller boardrooms. What's more, its location within the World Trade Center makes it extremely convenient for shopping, entertainment, and dozens of restaurants suited for group dining. Perfect for group events and parties, the sophisticated 63 Convention Center features a grand ballroom, as well as smaller rooms perfectly positioned (and with views of the Hangang River) for VIP events.
A city rich in culture, Seoul is home to many museums and performing arts venues, many of which featuring group tour and event rental options. Groups can also unwind at a number of green spaces, including the recreation-rich Hangang Park, or even set sail along the Hangang River.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Seoul's temperate continental climate has four distinct seasons. Summers are typically hot and humid, while winters are frigid and see frequent snowfalls. Temperatures average 52°F annually, with summers averaging 77°F and winters averaging -37°F. Annual average precipitation is 54 cm with most rain falling in summer months, particularly June and July during the East Asian Monsoon season. Although Seoul is a year-round destination, fall is widely considered the best time to visit. From September to November, guests can enjoy the mild temperatures and a majestic display of colorful foliage that adorns the landscape.
63 Convention Center
Meeting square feet: 22,000
Coex Convention & Exhibition Center
Meeting square feet: 387,500
Incheon International Airport (IIA)
One of the largest and busiest airports in the world, and ranked as one of the world's best, Incheon International Airport serves as one of the main travel hubs of Northeast Asia and sits about one hour's drive outside of Seoul. Within the airport, travelers can find a sanctuary of serenity in one of the many gardens dispersed throughout Incheon. In addition to its gorgeous setting, Incheon also features a host of shopping, dining, and leisure services catering to travelers. Travelers will also want to stop at the Korean Culture Museum, a joint initiative with the National Museum of Korea. The museum features artifacts and exhibits detailing the country's 5,000-year history. Bus service is available.
Gimpo International Airport (GMP)
Prior to completion of Incheon International Airport, travelers to Seoul arrived via Gimpo International Airport, which sits about a 20-minute drive from the city. Today, Gimpo serves travelers throughout Korea, Japan, and China. The airport contains a domestic and international terminal that is home to a number of dining and shopping options. Public transportation is available.
Operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Seoul bus system features four primary bus lines that serve most of the city. Seoul has four different types of buses: blue, green, red, and yellow. To make it simpler for passengers to navigate bus routes, a numbering system was introduced to facilitate recognition of route outlines. The system uses cash or transportation cards. Fares vary by bus type. Regular buses are less expensive, but involve more stops and longer destination times. Express bus lines are more comfortable and cater to tourists with English-speaking drivers.
One of the largest subway systems in the world, the Seoul Metropolitan Subway system is a quick and economical way to hop around the city. This system operates 20 lines that serve Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province, and northern Chungnam Province.
Rental car companies represented at Incheon International Airport include Avis and Hertz, while those at Gimpo International Airport include AJ, Lotte, and Pacific Rent-A-Car.
Visitors traveling to Seoul from Incheon International Airport should expect to pay approximately 55,000 KRW in taxi fare, while those traveling from Gimpo International Airport should expect to pay approximately 26,000 KRW in taxi fare.
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