Seoul is the capital of the Republic of Korea, and the largest city center in the developed world. Nearly 10 million call Seoul home, representing 20% of the entire population of Korea.
Seoul and Korea at-large experienced rapid growth following the end of the Korean War in 1953. In just sixty years, Korea has risen from war-torn poverty to become one of the world’s largest economies, valued at over $1.4 trillion USD. Korea has a per-capita GDP of US $30,000, and some of the world’s largest companies come from Korea, including Samsung, Hyundai, and LG.
Seoul boasts one of the world’s most comprehensive and easy-to-use public transportation systems, including subways, high-speed rail, electric buses, and more. Wireless access is available citywide, including in moving subway cars and taxis. The city has over 30,000 hotel rooms in total, of which 7,500 are within 5 kilometers of Coex Convention Center. Many world-famous events have been hosted in Seoul, including the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, G20 Summit, and Nuclear Security Summit. Seoul is ranked as one of the top-five international event destination cities in the world by the Union of International Associations and was voted the Best Business Travel MICE City in 2011.
As the capital of Korea for over 600 years, Seoul epitomizes the intersection of tradition and modernity, with ancient palaces, fortresses, temples, and tombs standing side-by-side with some of the world’s most impressive skyscrapers and city structures. There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city proper.
Seoul sits in a natural basin, surrounded by mountains and split down the middle by the majestic Han River. The city lies in a humid continental climate and experiences four distinct seasons.
Are you worried about getting connected when you arrive in Seoul? Would you like some additional travel resources while you are attending a Coex event?
The Arrival Store gets you set up with everything you need to maximize and enjoy your time in Seoul! We provide you with:
Everything you order will be delivered to your accommodation and ready upon your arrival.
We have helped thousands of expats and travelers settle into life in South Korea, and know the stresses of feeling disconnected and unprepared when you first arrive. Get connected on your own phone with a prepaid SIM card or use one of our Rental Phones. If you are planning on sightseeing, pick up one of our Welcome Packages or Lonely Planet Travel Guides. They are extremely helpful.
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APEC B.T.C (Business Travel Card)
Korea, Australia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Chile, Hong Kong, the Federation of Malaysia, Thailand, Peru, Brunei, Taiwan, Japan, China, Indonesia(Hong Kong issue ABTC to non-citizens that live in Hong Kong) Chileans are granted single-entry visa good for up to 6 months of stay, based on Korea-Chile Free Trade Agreement.
In Seoul, there are many modern hospitals equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Korea is known for its high-quality medical services without long waiting periods in the event of an emergency or sickness. Many major hospitals offer multilingual interpretation services. Contact your hotel or call 120, 1330 (general information) or 1339 (medical line) for more information.
In the event of an emergency (or non-emergency) situation, a variety of medical services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Larger Korean hospitals generally operate an international health care center or medical clinics for English and non-Korean speaking patients. Their multilingual medical staff and volunteers can help you receive affordable and quality medical care.
+82 2-1688-0120 (overseas) or 1688-0120 (in Korea)
Monday to Friday from 9-6 pm – Call to ask any questions about visiting or living in Seoul.
+82 2 1330 or 1330
24 hours a day – Tourism information and translation services.
+82 2 120 or 120, 9am to 10pm daily