Seoul needs very little introduction, a city steeped in centuries old traditions, it delights the sense with the old and new juxtaposing throughout the streets. There are 5 royal palaces, several temples, a forest, mountains and a fortress. It is a prime location for international conferences and events with 1/3 of the worlds population within a 3 hour flight. The COEX is one of the largest meetings and exhibition facilities within the city centre and includes a mall, restaurants and hotels. There are also smaller venues such as the Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park, which is renowned for its modern design by British Architect Zaha Hadid.
Access to Seoul is perfect for international delegates with the Incheon International Airport being only a 25 minute train ride away by KTX high speed rail. 88 international airlines from 182 cities fly into Incheon International Airport, including British Airways. Public transport is also excellent with announcements being made in English, Korean and Chinese; as well as most signage being written in Korean and Roman text.
2017 has continued to see large groups meet and share best practice, and September 2017 was no exception. At the UIA (International Union of Architects) 26th World Congress of Architects, 30,000 architects were energised with an exciting Seoul skyline as traditional Hanok and centuries old palaces, are juxtaposed with the late Zaha Hadid’s DDP, edgy hipster venues, and Lotte Tower, home to Signiel Seoul.
A week later 500 Liver Cancer specialists flew into Seoul from 30 countries for the 11th International Liver Cancer Association Conference, Tanguy Roelens Executive Director stating ‘One of the main reasons why Seoul was picked was thanks to the active ILCA community in Korea, and the massive contribution from Korean doctors to the ILCA programme. Actually, Korea has been the leading abstract submitting nation for three years straight now.’