General Information

Seoul

Host City : Seoul

Seoul, the 600-year-old capital of South Korea, is a city where traditional and modern culture coexist side-by-side in perfect harmony. Besides, Seoul, as third ranked international meeting cities in the UIA’s rankings in 2015, will contribute to the success of the 24th IUBMB Congress and 15th FAOBMB Congress. Our host city Seoul houses 266 cultural properties including five royal palaces, and is also at the center of the “Korean Wave” pop culture phenomenon that spread throughout Asia.

  • Dongdaemun Market

    Dongdaemun Market is a large commercial district comprised of traditional markets and shopping centers that covers the entire area around Dongdaemun Gate, a prominent landmark in Korea. It is Korea’s largest wholesale and retail shopping district featuring 26 shopping malls, 30,000 speciality shops, and 50,000 manufacturers. All kinds of goods can be found here including silks and fabrics, clothes, shoes and accessories, electronics, leather goods, sporting goods, office supplies, pet products and toys.

    Details

    dongdaemun details
    Address 04564 253, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
    Phone +82-2-120
    Website www.dfwm.kr
    Hours of Operation Varies per shop/mall
    Important Dongdaemun Market can be overwhelming to some due to its sheer size. It may be a good idea to get some information on the area before you start your shopping and the Dongdaemun Tourist Information Center is a great place to start. Located in front of exit 14 of the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, the center provides information in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
  • Myeong-dong

    Myeong-dong is Seoul’s shopping mecca and is a must-see for tourists, but it is not just a shopping destination; Myeong-dong is also a hub of commerce, banking and culture with a daytime population of 1.2-5 million. For shoppers there is a mixture of street stalls and retail outlets selling everything from high fashion to casual attire, as well as many Korean cosmetics stores offering high-quality products at competitive prices.

    Details

    Myeong dong details
    Address 04536 27, Myeong-dong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
    Phone +82-2-120
    Hours of Operation Varies by store
    Holidays Varies by store
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty, three years after the Joseon Dynasty was founded. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace), Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty.

    Details

    Gyeongbokgung Palace details
    Address 03045 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    Phone +82-2-3700-3900
    Website www.royalpalace.go.kr
    Hours of Operation
    • January, February: 9 am - 5 pm
    • March, April, May: 9 am - 6 pm
    • June, July, August: 9 am - 6:30 pm
    • September, October: 9 am - 6 pm
    • November, Decmber: 9 am - 5 pm
    • Last admission one hour prior to closing.
    Holidays Closed on Tuesdays
    Baby Carriage Rentals Yes
    Facilities for the Disabled
    • Accessible Parking
    • Accessible Restrooms
    • Accessible Pathways
    • Accessible Information Centers & Services(Wheelchair rentals, etc.)
    Other Facilities
    • Baby stroller rentals are available in front of the information center.
    • Cafeteria, Souvenir shop, Currency exchange, Voice guide / PDA rental service
  • Namsan Seoul Tower

    Namsan Seoul Tower was built in 1969 as Korea's first integrated transmission tower beaming television and radio broadcasts across the capital. Since opening to the public in 1980, it has become a much-loved Seoul landmark. The tower's main attractions include multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower at night, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, the HanCook restaurant, the n.Grill restaurant, and the Haneul (Sky) Restroom. Namsan Seoul Tower's mountain surroundings on Namsan Mountain have made it a popular place to unwind for locals and tourists alike.

    Details

    Namsan Seoul Tower details
    Address 04340 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea (Yongsan-dong 2-ga, YTN Seoul Tower)
    Phone +82-2-3455-9277
    Website www.seoultower.co.kr
    Hours of Operation
    • Observatory Hours (subject to change according to weather conditions)
    • Monday-Friday/Sunday (10:00-23:00)
    • Saturdays (10:00-24:00)
    • Restaurant Hours (10:00-23:00)
    Facilities for the Disabled
    • Accessible Restrooms
    • Elevators
    • Accessible Pathways
    • Accessible Information Centers & Services(Wheelchair rentals, etc.)
    Important The highest bathroom in Seoul is located at Namsan Seoul Tower! On the second floor of the observatory is the Sky Bathroom, the highest bathroom in Seoul. You can go about your business while seeing expansive views of Seoul. When you visit the observatory, make sure to visit the Sky Bathroom!
    Fee
    • Observatory
      • Tickets: Adult 10,000 won, Child 8,000 won
    • N Sweet Bar Observatory
      • Combo Package A: Adult 21,000 won, Child 17,000 won
      • Combo Package B: Adult 23,000 won, Child 19,000 won
      • Beer Combo Package: Adult 26,000 won
    • Character Galleries
      • Ssen Toy Museum and Showroom: Adult 10,000 won, Child 8,000 won
      • Hello Kitty Island: Adult 8,000 won, Child 7,000 won
      • Ssen Toy Package (Observatory + Ssen Toy Museum): Adult 14,000 won, Child 11,000 won
      • Hello Kitty Package (Observatory + Hello Kitty Island): Adult 12,500 won, Child 10,500 won
      • 3 in 1 Package (Observatory, Ssen Toy Museum, Hello Kitty Island): Adult 19,500 won, Child 16,000 won
  • Insa-dong

    Nowhere exudes more local and traditional charm than Insa-dong, a quaint neighborhood in the center of Seoul that transports visitors back to a time when women wore hanbok and men rode horses. While the entertainment here is free, Insa-dong is also one of the best places in Seoul to purchase traditional Korean art, products, and other souvenirs, as it is filled with antique shops, art galleries, traditional stationery shops, handicraft shops, pottery and porcelain shops, bookstores, and art supply stores.

    Details

    Insa-dong details
    Address 03145 39-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    Phone +82-2-120
  • Namdaemun Market

    Namdaemun Market is the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 stores that line the streets around Namdaemun, the main southern gate of the old city wall. Namdaemun Market first started under the reign of King Taejong (1367 – 1422, the third Joseon king) during the Joseon Dynasty, when the government built shops around Namdaemun and rented out the shops to traders. It boasts one of the largest distribution structures in Korea, providing local products, daily living essentials, food products, medical supplies and more to retailers and consumers across the country.

    Details

    Namdaemun Market details
    Address 04529 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
    Phone +82-2-753-2805
    Website www.namdaemunmarket.co.kr
    Hours of Operation Varies from shop to shop. For more detailed information, please refer to the website.
    Important Namdaemun Market surrounds Namdaemun (Gate), originally known as Sungnyemun (Gate), from which the market took its name. Namdaemun was the main southern gate of the old city wall during the Joseon Dynasty and was designated as National Treasure No. 1 in Korea in 1962 for being the oldest wooden structure in Seoul. Unfortunately it was severely damaged in an arson incident in 2008 and is currently undergoing restoration.
  • Seoul City Wall

    The Seoul City Wall was originally built in 1396, surrounding Seoul (then known as Hanyang) during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The wall stretches for 18.6km along the ranges of Bugaksan Mountain, Naksan Mountain, Namsan Mountain, and Inwangsan Mountain. The wall stands at average heights of 7m to 8m high.

    Details

    Seoul City Wall details
    Address 03038 283 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Jongno 6-ga, Seoul Design Support Center)
    Phone +82-2-120
    Website www.seoulcitywall.seoul.go.kr
    Facilities for the Disabled
    • Accessible Parking
    • Accessible Restrooms
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is the newest and most iconic landmark of the Korean design industry. Located at the center of the Dongdaemun area, the DDP will serve as a key venue for design-related shows and conferences, exhibitions, and other events and gatherings. Designed by world renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, DDP is the world’s largest atypical architecture. The DDP is comprised of five halls: Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.

    Details

    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) details
    Address 04566 281 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Euljiro 7-ga)
    Phone +82-2-2153-0000
    Website www.ddp.or.kr
    Hours of Operation Design Market: open 24 hours
    Fee Varies according to exhibition
    Other Facilities Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
  • Hongdae

    Hongdae is the scene where Korean culture, both pop and indie, manifests, especially at night. Remember, just because Hongdae is more casual and “free” than, say, Gangnam or Apgujeong, doesn’t mean fashion doesn’t matter. The vibe you can see from the stores and the people on the streets, is effortless with an edge of the true Hongdae touch.You can see more of that in the quintessential Hongdae institution Aland, and the up-and-coming company Understar.

    Details

    Hongdae details
    Address 04050 B 160, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Cheonggyecheon Stream

    Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty. In 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form today. The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its length.

    Details

    Cheonggyecheon Stream details
    Address 03187, 37 Mugyo-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea (Seorin-dong)
    Phone +82-2-2290-7111
    Website www.sisul.or.kr
    Facilities for the Disabled
    • Accessible Restrooms
    • Elevators
    • Accessible Pathways
    Check In afternoon
    Check Out morning
  • Itaewon Special Tourist Zone

    Itaewon was the first special tourist zone in Seoul, designated in 1997. It is a multicultural place where over 20,000 foreigners live and is widely recognized by international visitors. The name Itaewon started to spread worldwide in the 1980s, when Korea hosted the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, as well as many international conferences. Since then, Itaewon has become a popular travel destination. Clothes and accessories with unique designs, and leather products in particular are famous. This is a go-to place for both shopping and entertainment.

    Details

    Itaewon Special Tourist Zone details
    Address Hannam-dong and Itaewon-dong, Seoul
    Phone +82-2-120
    Website www.itaewon.or.kr (Korean only)
    Hours of Operation Varies per shop/mall
    Important Itaewon Global Village Festival, held every October, is a famous festival. Tourists can pay in US dollars, Japanese Yen or another currency freely. In addition, visitors can use various languages like English, Japanese, and Chinese with the sellers.