Korea, Perfect Balance between Old and New

The Korean peninsula sretches southward from the center of the Northeastern coast of Asia, encompassing a land area of approximately 220,000 Km2 with some 3,400 islands dotting its coastline. Korea is currently the only nation in the world that is still divided into two different political entities. South Korea has a population of 50 million, of which about 10 million live in the capital, Seoul. Over their 5,000-year history, Koreans have achieved an indigenous culture, and their unique cultural properties can be found throughout the peninsula. Koreans have put a high value on learning, and have earned a reputation for diligence and dedication.

Weather

Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. The island of Jeju off the southern coast is the warmest and wettest place in the country. The ideal time to visit Korea is during the autumn months (September-November). During this time, the country experiences warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw. Winters are cold and dry and are a good time to visit if you are interested in winter sports as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April-May) is also beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. However, it is very busy and one needs to book in advance to ensure accommodation is available. The summer months are muggy and hot, and rather crowded. It is also when the monsoon season begins so many activities are subject to the fluctuations of heavy rain.

 

Food

Korean food is referred to in Korean as Hansik. While many other Asian ethnic foods such as Chinese or Japanese cuisine have become popular throughout the world, Korean food has yet to reach its peak. The Korean government is crusading for the globalization of Hansik in cooperation with companies, civic groups and the mass media. As the people of the world gain a better understanding of Korean food its flavors, and its roots, Korean food will undoubtedly become a global commodity like the foods of Korea's neighbors.

 

 

Hangeul, the Best Korean Invention of All Time

Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, refers to the series of letters that form syllables with which the Korean language is written. The most unique aspect of Hangeul is that it was intentionally created by the government as a written means of expressing the Korean language. History states that King Sejong, who was the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty, sponsored and helped in the scientific creation of the alphabet with the help of a team of scholars, making it the most significant invention in Korean history.

 

Hanbok, the Traditional Costume of the Korean People

Hanbok is the traditional outfit of the Korean people. Koreans nowadays wear this outfit only on festive days or special anniversaries; however, it was worn daily until just 100 years ago. It is a kind of traditional formal dress, and most Koreans keep a Hanbok for these special times. Children wear Hanbok on their first birthday, and adults wear it for their wedding ceremony and on their 60th birthday. The Hanbok is also worn for funerals or religious services, and is still used as casual wear in villages or districts where the traditional ways of life are maintained such as Chunghak-dong on Mount Jiri.

 

Hanok, the Breathing House

Hanok is the traditional architecture style of Korea. The word Hanok embraces all types of traditional architecture including thatched-roof, shingle-roofed and tile-roofed houses. However, these days, the term Hanok is generally understood to mean only the tile-roofed house. While the thatched-roof houses made of straw or shingle-roofed houses have nearly disappeared, the tile-roofed hanok can still be found throughout the country. There are many tile-roofed houses that are being maintained as cultural heritages, but many are also still private residences.

 

 

Seoul, the Capital of Korea

Seoul has been the capital of Korea for about 600 years, since the time of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910). Seoul was referred to as “Han Yang” during the Joseon Dynasty, but after the liberation from Japan, in 1945, the newly founded Republic of Korea officially changed its capital city’s name to Seoul.

Seoul has developed into a bustling metropolis, acting as the hub for political, economic, social, and cultural matters. The Han River runs through the heart of the city. The river divides the city in two; the northern part of the city is a focal point for culture and history, while the southern part is well known for its business district.

Seoul has hosted many international events including: 1986 Asian Games, 1988 Olympic Games and 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup. The success of these events has shown people that Korea is truly an international city.

Land size: 605.27 km2
Population: 10,137,313 people (Statistics from 2014)
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Currency

Currency - The unit of Korean the currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000. The exchange rate is approximately US$1 to KR 1,230 as of February 2016.
Tax - Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.

VAT

Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.


Climate

The climate in Seoul in June ranges approximately between 17-26 ℃ degrees

Emergency

1339: Medical Emergency
119: Emergencies for Fire, Rescue & Hospital Services
112: Police
129: First Aid Services


Electricity

In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers.
Please check the power supply before use.

Useful Websites

Korea Tourism Organization: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr
Gateway to Korea: http://www.korea.net
Seoul Tourism Organization: http://www.miceseoul.com
Seoul Metropolitan Government: http://www.visitseoul.net
Korea Immigration Service: http://www.immigration.go.kr
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: http://www.mofat.go.kr
Incheon International Airport: http://www.airport.kr

 

 

 

 

To attend the WCNDT 2020 Seoul, it is recommended to make your travel arrangement to arrive in the two airports;
Incheon International Airport (ICN) or Gimpo Airport (GMP).
Incheon International Airport  WEBSITE
Gimpo International Airport  WEBSITE

 

How to get to Coex (Venue)


Coex is located in the World Trade Center Complex in Gangnam district south of the Hangang River in Seoul.
You can find Coex at Samseong Station on subway line number two or at Bongeunsa Station on subway line number nine.

Address 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 06164, Korea
Tel +82-2-6000-0114

By Airport Limousine

From Incheon International Airport to Coex (Venue)
Expected Fare: Approx. KRW 10,000~16,000/ USD 8~14
Expected Time: Approx. 60~80 min (Depending on the traffic condition of the day)

From Gimpo International Airport to Coex (Venue)
Expected Fare: Approx. KRW 7,500/ USD 6
Expected Time: Approx. 45 min (Depending on the traffic condition of the day)


By Taxi

From Incheon International Airport to Coex (Venue)
Expected Fare: Approx. KRW 55,000/ USD 49
Expected Time: Approx. 60~80 min (Depending on the traffic condition of the day)

From Gimpo International Airport to Coex (Venue)
Expected Fare: Approx. KRW 30,000/ USD 27
Expected Time: Approx. 45 min (Depending on the traffic condition of the day)


By Subway

From Incheon International Airport to Coex (Venue)
Expected Fare: Approx. KRW 4,450/ USD 4
Expected Time: Approx. 100 min

From Gimpo International Airport to Coex (Venue)
Expected Fare: Approx. KRW 2,250/ USD 2
Expected Time: Approx. 50 min. (Depending on the traffic condition of the day)