(For travel information to/from Incheon airport, please see the “Location & Transportation” section on the Hotel Information page.)

* Adapted from Local Information at ISCA 2016

Seoul, a global city

Seoul is the capital of Korea with over 600 years of history. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics.

In Seoul, the world’s 10th largest city, the past and present co-exist in a fascinating way. Ancient palaces, gates, gardens, and valuable art collections in museums attest to the illustrious past of the city while the glistening facades of soaring skyscrapers and the busy streets represent its vibrant present. Seoul is home to many old historic sites like the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, and places with traditional culture like Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, and Namdaemun Market. The shopping and entertainment districts of
Myeong-dong and Apgujeong, and Asia’s largest underground shopping center Coex Mall also draw a large number of tourists every year. The Hangang River, which runs through the center of the city, is also a distinctive landscape of Seoul that offers a myriad of resting areas for citizens.

Seoul has now turned its attention into becoming an eco-friendly and culturally rich city after the recent decades of development and growth that helped improve life quality. In Seoul, visitors will find highly skilled human resources and the world’s best information-technology infrastructure. Seoul’s beautiful natural environment, low tax burdens, and social security expenses for foreign business make it a great place to invest, do business, and live.

 

 

 

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ATTRACTIONS IN SEOUL

Namsan Mountain (N Seoul Tower)

The N Seoul Tower offers an amazing panoramic view of Seoul. It is located on top of Namsan Mountain, which is also the city’s largest park and botanical garden. Enjoy a hike to the peak or
ascend via cable car.
For more information, please refer to this website.

Cultural Shows (Non-verbal Performances)

Seoul offers a variety of non-verbal performances that anyone can enjoy. Among them is Nanta, a popular show running since October 1997. After a run on Broadway and tours around the world,
it has achieved impressive international success, receiving rave reviews and selling out quickly wherever it is performed.
For more information, please refer to this website.

Museums (National Museum of Korea)

The National Museum of Korea is the largest exhibition facility in Asia and among the six largest museums in the world. Here you will find a variety of collections that promote the uniqueness and beauty of Korean culture. With many stunning items including National Treasure No.83, the “Gilt Bronze Seated Maitreya”, the museum is very popular. Educational tours and cultural performances are available. Admission is free.
For more information, please refer to this website.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung was the main palace through much of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Unlike other palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung’s rectangular space is surrounded by large gates on all sides. It also has three granite walkways, extending from the main entrance to the mail hall. This hall was where all important matters were conducted.
For more information, please refer to this website.

Deoksugung Palace

Located at the corner of Seoul’s busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. It is also the only palace that sits alongside a series of western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. Deoksugung Palace originally belonged to Wolsandaegun (1454~1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469~1494) of the Joseon Dynasty. It became a proper palace when Gwanghaegun (1575~1641) ascended the throne and gave the palace the name Gyeongungung in 1611. Afterwards, the name was then changed back to its orginal title of Deoksugung.  For more information, please refer to this website.

Shopping (Myeong-dong)

A must-visit location for foreigners, Myeong-dong is Korea’s number one shopping district. Located in the heart of Seoul immediately adjacent to the conference hotel, you will find the area bustling with people all week long. Myeong-dong offers tourists a wide variety of shops, from fashion items to popular brands for young people. Every corner extends to visitors excellent, traditional restaurants. Even if you’re not interested in a full meal, a variety of local delicacies will round off your visit to the area. Located near Myeong-dong, the Dongdaemun Shopping town also offers a wide selection of fashion items at very affordable prices.

Traditional Markets (Namdaemun Market)

Namdaemun Market is the largest and oldest traditional market in Seoul. You can find just about anything you are looking for. This 24 hour market is a true treasure trove offering a vast variety and bargains galore.  For more information, please refer to this website.

Korean Cuisine (Galbi)

Galbi is either beef or pork marinated in a sauce of soy sauce, minced garlic, sesame oil, and pear juice, and grilled over a charcoal fire. A similarly delicious dish is Bulgogi (Barbecued beef) marinated in a combination of mixed sauce, and grilled to perfection. Galbi restaurants are abound in Seoul making it easy to enjoy this delicious dish.

Art and Design (Insa-dong)

The streets of Insa-dong are alive with traditional Korean culture. This area has been the center of culture in Seoul since the Joseon era. A large variety of arts have surfaced in the neighborhood over the years, making it an exciting place to experience a wide diversity of genres. On the weekends, with Insa-dong closed to vehicle traffic, the streets are full of life with festivities such as parades, traditional wedding processions, music and dance performances. You will find that time flies as you wander from shop to shop, immersing yourself in the long, beautiful history of Korea.  For more information, please refer to this website.

Family Fun (Amusement Park)

Lotte World is the perfect place for entertainment as the world’s largest indoor theme park, complete with 42 different attractions and spectacular festivals. The theme park is filled with rides, an ice rink, a folk museum, a lake and much more. Nearly 6 million visitors come to Lotte World every year. The indoor year-round. Seoul Grand Park, on the outskirts of the city, is a theme park housing Seoul land, Seoul Zoo, and Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art. While Lotte World offers excellent indoor entertailment, worlds-beautiful nature and a theme
park combined in one location. This is a favorite place of many locals.  For more information, please refer to this website.

Mountains (Mt. Bukhansan)

Seoul is a capital city surrounded by graceful mountains. The locals love bukhansan National Park as much as the Hangang River. This beautiful mountain displays the seasonal changes in all
their glory. Many hikers visit this national park on the weekends. A variety of routes are available for all ages and all types of hikers, from beginners to experts.  For more information, please refer to this
website
.

Hangang River (Cruise)

The Hangang River is one of Seoul’s most popular attractions, a constant source of pleasure and relaxation. A cruise along the river is an excellent way to view the romantic side of Seoul.  Relax, feel the cool breeze and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  For more information, please refer to this website.

Temple Life & Temple Stay (Bongeunsa Temple)

Situated near Coex, Bongeunsa is a peaceful oasis. This temple is open all year round, and all Buddhist events held here are open to visitors. It also has exhibits explaining much of the history of modern Buddhism. Hundreds of people visit this temple every day. A variety of Temple-stay programs are also available.  For more information, please refer to this website (click “Templestay English” on Quick Menu on the right side).

Yoo’s Family Guesthouse

(The Art of Tea ceremony → Try Hanbok → Making Kimch → Learn Traditional Etiquette of Korea)
Yoo’s Family is situated inside Bukchon Hanok Village, between the Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo. The region resonates with a traditional atmosphere as the cozy venue sits nestled amongst traditional Korean hanok houses flush in the middle of Seoul’s two main palaces. Yoo’s Family is a Hanok family managed by Yoos, offering traditional culture experiences for foreigners interested in Korean living cultures and traditions. Most classes are short-term courses and reservations can be made up to one day in advance.  For more information, please refer to this website.

Global Seoul (Itaewon)

Itaewon is a place where races and cultures exist together in harmony, making it a truly global village in the heart of Seoul. Seasonal international parties, such as Halloween parties, are held here each year. You can also find a variety of unusual and intriguing items here from all over the world. The streets are lined with exotic eye-catching shops, and most merchants are able to communicate well with visitors. Another popular place to experience a different culture is “Little Tokyo”, located in Dongbu Ichon-dong, close to Itaewon.  For more information, please refer to this website.

Samcheongdong-gil Road

Samcheongdong-gil Road stretches from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Samcheong Tunnel. Just past Samcheong Tunnel, at the end of the walkway, you’ll find Samcheong Park–a park famous for its thick forest and scenic views. Samcheongdong-gil goes through the middle of the city, but is a peaceful, quaint area. The street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous art galleries. Since each art gallery building along Samcheongdong-gil has its own unique architectural design, taking a walk and appreciating the buildings is a journey in itself. Many galleries have their own cafes, restaurants, or craft shops, allowing visitors to enjoy art, shopping, and lunch all under one roof.
For more information, please refer to this website.

 

* Adapted from Local Information at VISITKOREA

PERFORMANCES IN SEOUL

1. Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
  • Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

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Period
01.01.2014 ~ 12.31.2017
Address
99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 세종대로 99 (정동)
Location
Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-771-9951,
+82-2-771-9955
Introduction
Deoksugung Palace has held a guard-changing ceremony since 1996 after thorough historical research by leading historians. The ceremony, which is held in front of the Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace, is a tradition similar to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a rare opportunity to experience royal culture. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times, and the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty and patrols hold a shift ceremony three times a day.

Special Programs: The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. It is held three times a day (11:00 / 14:00 / 15:30) in front of Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace. As each ceremony follows the same procedure and lasts for thirty minutes, visitors can choose whichever time is most convenient. The ceremony is free of charge. There are no ceremonies on Mondays as well as on severely cold or hot days.
As the ceremony begins, the changing of the guards commences replete with traditional musical instruments, and exchanges a password for verification. An eight-minute guard ceremony ensues, followed by a seven-minute change ceremony, and finally a patrol that completes the ceremony. The procedure takes a dramatic turn when 18 guards in six official positions beat a drum and bellow some orders.

Major Highlights: The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene. Be sure to bring a camera. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a pleasure to view. While you cannot take pictures with the guards during the changing of guards, you can take a background picture of the guards and palace. You can also take photographs with the gatekeepers after the ceremony is over. Visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.

Performance Times
11:00-11:40 / 14:00-14:40 / 15:30-16:30 (excluding Mondays)
* Schedule is subject to change and the program may be canceled due to weather conditions.
Admission/Participation Fees
Free
Transportation
[Subway]
City Hall Station
(Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2.
– Go straight 100m to arrive at Daehanmun
Gate on the right.
Homepage
www.royalguard.or.kr
(Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

2. The Korea House (Folk Performance) (한국의 집 전통예술공연)

  • The Korea House (Folk Performance) (한국의 집 전통예술공연)
  • The Korea House (Folk Performance) (한국의 집 전통예술공연)
  • The Korea House (Folk Performance) (한국의 집 전통예술공연)

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Period
01.12.2015 ~ 12.31.2017
Address
10, Toegye-ro 36-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 퇴계로36길 10 (필동2가)
Location
Folk Art Theater at the Korea House
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2266-9101~3 (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

Introduction
Korea House has been a venue for Korean traditional performing arts for more than 20 years, presenting various musical performances, court dances, and folk dances such as Pungmulnori (farmers’ percussion
performance), Talchum (mask dance), Pansori (a traditional narrative vocal performance), Sinawi (an ensemble of eight traditional musical instruments including Geomungo, Gayageum, Jing, Ajaeng, Haegeum, Piri, Daegeum, and Janggu).At Korea House, visitors can discover the diverseness and richness of Korean music and art performance. Popular and nationally recognized intangible cultural asset holders such as An Sook Seon, Park Byeong Cheon,
and Lee Chun Hui perform on the stage under stage director Jeong Jae Man.
Performance Times
18:30-19:30 / 20:30-21:30
* Closed on the 3rd Monday of each month, Seollal (Lunar New Year), Chuseok (Korea’s Thanksgiving Day)
Admission/Participation Fees
50,000 won per person
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages.
Ticket Reservations
Advanced reservations required.
Tel: +82-2-2266-9101~3
Korea DMC: www.koreadmc.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Transportation
[Subway]
Chungmuro Station
(Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 3 or 4.
Go 100m along the Toegye-ro 36-gil
Road.
Fax
+82-2-2266-9101~3
Homepage
www.koreahouse.or.kr/eng (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

3. The Opening and Closing of the Royal Palace Gates and Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies (수문장 교대의식)

  • The Opening and Closing of the Royal Palace Gates and Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies (수문장 교대의식)

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Period
01.01.2016 ~ 12.31.2017
Address
161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)
Location
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun area
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-3210-1645 (Korean)

 

Sponsors / Management
Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation /
Introduction
In ancient times, the royal guards of Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. Since 1469, the ceremony has taken place and its record has been consulted for the present reenactment ceremony.

The reenactment of the original ceremony began from 1996. The gate guardsmen serve their sentry, perform the changing of the guards, and hold a parade. The guards’ uniforms, weapons, and accessories as well as their strict ceremonial procedures catch the eyes of passersby, especially foreign tourists, when guardsmen perform the changing of guards in traditional costumes at the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul. Since it is hard to experience traditional events in such a big city like Seoul, citizens and tourist really enjoy and love it. It takes place every day except Tuesday.

Major Highlights: The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. Be sure to bring a camera to take lots of pictures. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a real pleasure to see. If you have some spare time to kill, make sure to visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.

Performance Times
Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
10:00, 14:00 / 20 minutes per ceremonyGwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance
11:00, 13:00 / 10 minutes per ceremonySumungun (Gatekeeper) Military Training (outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate)
09:30, 13:30 / 15 minutes per ceremony* Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
* Event may be cancelled in case of rain.
Additional Events
Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Costume Experience
(1) Venue: Sumunjangcheong Building
(2) Time: before and after the Guard Changing Ceremony and the Guard-on-Duty Performance (closed on Tuesdays)
(3) Inquiries: 02-3210-1645~6
※ Reservation required for the king or queen’s costume.
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages
Transportation
Gyeongbokgung
Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul
Subway Line 5), Exit 2.
Homepage
www.chf.or.kr (Korean, English)

4. NANTA – Chungjeongno (난타 (충정로))

  • NANTA - Chungjeongno (난타 (충정로))
  • NANTA - Chungjeongno (난타 (충정로))
  • NANTA - Chungjeongno (난타 (충정로))

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Period
01.01.2016 ~ 12.31.2017
Address
7, Chungjeong-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 서대문구 충정로 7 (충정로3가)
Location
NANTA Theater – Chungjeongno
Telephone
• 1330 Korea Travel Hotline:
+82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-739-8288

 

Introduction
NANTA is a top non-verbal cooking performance show about four chefs who must prepare a wedding banquet in just one hour. The plot is depicted through various genres of performances, including percussion that uses kitchen utensils to make beats based on traditional rhythms of samulnori (traditional percussion quartet). The entire show has no spoken dialogue, yet plenty of comedy and romance, too.

Meanwhile, since its debut in October 1997, NANTA (also known as Cookin’) has earned international acclaim, being staged on Broadway and at other famous venues worldwide.

Performance Times
January 1, 2016 ~ Open Run / 17:00, 20:00
Admission/Participation Fees
VIP Seat 60,000 won
S-Seat 50,000 won
A-Seat 40,000 won
Duration of Performance
100 min
Age Limit
Open to visitors ages 12 months and over
Transportation
[Subway]
Chungjeongno Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or 5), Exit 7.
– Walk 8 minutes through connected passage.[Bus]
Blue Bus: 172, 472, 600, 602, 603, 160, 171, 260, 270, 271, 700, 751
Red Bus: 1000, 1100, 1101, 1200, 1300, 1301, 1400, 1601, M6117, M6118, 1500, 2500
Green Bus: 7011, 7013A, 7013B, 7017
Airport Bus: 6015, 6002
Homepage
www.nanta.co.kr
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
“Great Taekwondo” Kukkiwon Taekwondo Performance (국기원 태권도 시범단 상설공연: ‘Great Taekwondo – 위대한 태권도’) | Official Korea Tourism Organization

 

5. “Great Taekwondo” Kukkiwon Taekwondo Performance (국기원 태권도 시범단 상설공연: ‘Great Taekwondo – 위대한 태권도’)

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Period
02.23.2016 ~ 12.31.2017
Address
32, Teheran-ro 7-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 테헤란로7길 32 (역삼동)
Location
Kukkiwon
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-3469-0133

 

Sponsors / Management
Kukkiwon / Gangnam-gu Office, Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Seoul Metropolitan City
Introduction

Since February 2016, Kkukkiwon and Gangnam-gu Office have collaborated to present the ‘Great Taekkwondo’ performance for tourists visiting Kukkiwon. Visitors may watch impressive skills of taekwondo, one of unique and representative acts that showcases the gist of Korean tourism. Besides, Kukkiwon has also plans to introduce a variety of fun and memorable taekwondo-related programs to both international visitors and children in Korea, in hope to increase awareness of Korea’s indigenous cultural property to the world.

Programs

Founded in 1974, the ‘Great Taekkwondo’ is a regular performance that has been on a world tour performing in over 120 countries, serving as a form of diplomatic mission while spreading and raising awareness of taekwondo, a representative Korean culture. The skills of taekwondo are displayed in general through a non-verbal performance, with unbelievable vibrant acts of kicking in the air, board breaking and etc. In addition, the taekwondo performance is produced based on various creative scenarios. Audience may find themselves engrossed in the show as the actors perform impressive acts.

Performance Times
Thursday-Friday 20:00 / Saturday-Sunday 16:30
Admission/Participation Fees
40,000 won
Additional Events
After the performance, visitors who wish to try board breaking may go on stage for experience or for photo-taking session.
Program Details
Episode 1: Real Taekwondo
– Meet the real aspect of Taekwondo; Showing the spirit and techniques of TaekwondoEpisode 2: Legend of Taekwondo
– Spectacular and dynamic show of the chaos situationEpisode 3: Harmony of Taekwondo
– Unifying the world with TaekwondoEpisode 4: Taekwondo Experience
– Visitors can go on stage to try board breaking, and photo time with performance
How to Particpate
– Mandatory reservations required for group visitors (10 people or more)
– Individual admissions on first-come, first served basis
Discount Information
– Preschoolers: 10,000 won
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages
Ticket Reservations
Inquiries: +82-2-3469-0133
E-Mail
kukkiwon_d@naver.com
Detailed Info on the Location
greattaekwondo.kukkiwon.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)