As the capital of South Korea, Seoul is a city of superlatives. Over 10 million people call it a home and the Greater Seoul Area houses over half of the country's inhabitants. With 2000+ years of rich history and rapid development from the 1990's, Seoul has grown into a global technologically advanced megapolis. Numerous international companies, banks and 15 of the Fortune Global 500 companies are headquartered in the area (Samsung, LG, Hyundai-Kia).
Seoul's main industries are information technology, electronics, finance, commerce and tourism. As a business-friendly city, Seoul has a myriad of unique venues to choose from. Business meeting planners can select from unique venues of various types: traditional (Korean style), riverside (yacht clubs), and modern (ie Dongdaemun Design Plaza) or cultural (performance halls, museum). The top convention centers suitable for large meetings and events are 63 Convention Centre, aT Center, COEX, AW Convention Center and SETEC. Many dozens of business hotels offer their services and space for corporate meetings and incentives. Their venue specialists will help with organizing the perfect company event. Many of these facilities are located in Gangnam, Seoul's business district. The corporate party or gala dinner with a wonderful view from atop a skyscraper (63 Building) can be truly unforgettable. Alternatively, a networking event or a seminar on taking place on the Floating Island with the view of the famous Banpo Bridge would also leave a strong impression. Local botanical gardens and aquariums provide their facilities for booking as well. The facilities and support are available for the discerning meeting planner in the world's best connected city.
With five UNESCO World Heritage sites (Royal Tombs of Joseon Dynasty, Hwanseong Fortress, Changdeok Palace, Jongmyo Srine and Namhansanseong), Seoul attracts over 10 million visitors annually. Beside these unique historical places, post modern buildings such as N Seoul Tower, 63 Building and Moonlight Rainbow Fountain all belong onto a must-see list. A huge magnet for hikers, rock-climbers and birdwatchers is the nearby Bukhansan National Park that ranks as one of the most visited national parks worldwide.
Incheon International Airport (IATA code: ICN) is the largest airport of the country and has been rated as one of the cleanest and fastest customer-processing airports in the world. It is located on an artificial island and includes a spa, golf course, indoor gardens, museum, and an ice rink to entertain the passengers. A taxi ride from the airport to destinations in Seoul takes around 60 minutes and costs between 55 000 and 75 000 won. Express trains will transfer you to the city for around 13 000 won and only 45 minutes. The older Gimpo International Airport on the western side of Seoul is now used for domestic and short flights to Japan and China.
SEOUL MASS TRANSIT
Seoul disposes of 18 mass transit lines: AREX, Bundang Line, Ever Line, Gyeongchun Line, Gyeongui–Jungang Line, Incheon Line, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 7, Line 8, Line 9, Shinbundang Line, Suin Line and the U Line