Local Information

Conference Venue

Lotte Hotel Seoul

30 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

http://www.lottehotel.com/seoul/en/

Lotte Hotel Seoul, Korea’s 5 star best luxury hotel, is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul’s central business district near Myeongdong and features two hotels-Main Building and New Wing-boasting 1,120 guest rooms combined.

WARNING: Do not get confused by the somewhat similar-sounding “Lotte World Hotel” (very far away) or “Lotte City Hotel” (about 20-25 minutes walking away). The conference will hold in “Lotte Hotel Seoul” near City Hall and the Euljiro-1(il) ga subway station.

Accommodation

Lotte Hotel Seoul (Conference Venue)

Lotte Hotel Seoul is a perfect 5 star hotel in Seoul, providing luxurious accommodation options designed by 4 world’s leading design firms. The Hotel features an indoor swimming pool, a health/fitness center, spa and sauna.

Special rates:

  • Superior room: 229,900 KRW per night
  • Deluxe club room: 314,600 KRW per night

Notes:

  • These special rates are for ACMMM 2018 and only available through 2018.07.23 ~ 2018.09.14.
  • These rates are inclusive 21% of Tax and Service Charge.
  • For reservation, please download the reservation form), fill it with information, and return it to Manager Mr. Chul Jin Seo via email: cjfwls5219@lotte.net

Alternative Hotels

The rates of the following alternative hotels are quotes from July 24th. The rates are subject to change and are not guaranteed.

Also, there are more hotel options nearby to suit a range of budgets and hotel “star” levels. For example, use Booking.com, Kayak.com, or expedia.com with destination “Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea”

 No. Grade Hotel Room type Room rate (KRW) Breakfast (KRW) VAT & Service Charges Walking Time from Conference
1 5 Star The Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul Twin (36 sqm) 290,400 Excl. 48,000 Inc. 5 min.
King (36 sqm)
2 5 Star THE PLAZA Seoul King (20 sqm) 234,000 Inc. 10% 5 min.
Twin (30 sqm) 263,500
3 4 Star Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong Double (21 sqm) 126,000 Excl. 11,000 12% 7 min.
Twin (25 sqm)
4 4 Star Fraser Place Namdaemun Twin (22 sqm) 108,300 Excl. 14,000 10% 10 min.
Queen (22 sqm) 108,300
5 3 Star Ibis Ambassador Myeong-dong Double (21 sqm) 95,630 Excl. 20,000 10% 5 min.
Twin (21 sqm)
6 Hostel Philstay Hostel Double 76,100 Inc. 10 min.
Twin

 

Name The Westin Chosun Hotel Seoul
Address (100-070) 106-2, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel +82-2-771-0500
Fax +82-2-752-1443
Homepage https://twc.echosunhotel.com/main.do
Check in/out time Check in – after 15:00 / Check out – before 12:00
Transportation(Airport to Hotel) From Incheon International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6015)Fare: KRW 10,000Stop No : 5B, 11BDestination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 77 – 82 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.From Gimpo International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6021)Fare: KRW 7,000Stop No : Gate 1, Terminal #6Destination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 66 – 71 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.Nearest Subway StationLine #2, Euljiro 1(il) gaTaxiApprox. KRW 50,000
Room Amenties Telephone, Cable or satellite TV, Free Wi-Fi, Hairdryer, Shower, Bath, Bathroom, Slippers, Desk, Sofa
Hotel Facilities Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Fitness centre,  Spa, Babysitting/child services, Business center
Hotel « Venue 5 min. on foot

 

Name THE PLAZA Seoul
Address (042525) 119, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel +82-2-771-2200
Fax +82-2-755-8897
Homepage http://www.hoteltheplaza.com/eng/index.jsp
Check in/out time Check in – after 15:00 / Check out – before 12:00
Transportation(Airport to Hotel) From Incheon International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6015)Fare: KRW 10,000Stop No : 5B, 11BDestination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 77 – 82 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.From Gimpo International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6021)Fare: KRW 7,000Stop No : Gate 1, Terminal #6Destination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 66 – 71 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.Nearest Subway StationLine #2, Euljiro 1(il) gaTaxiApprox. KRW 50,000
Room Amenties Safe, Air conditioning, Desk, Sitting area, Heating, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Telephone, Radio, Cable channels, Flat-screen TV, Minibar
Hotel Facilities Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Fitness Center,  Spa,  Sauna, Indoor Pool, Business center
Hotel « Venue 5 min. on foot

 

Name Fraser Place Namdaemun
Address (04526) 58, Sejong-daero, Seoul, Korea
Tel +82-2-2098-0888
Fax +82-2-2098-5999
Homepage http://www.fpns.co.kr
Check in/out time Check in – after 14:00 / Check out – before 12:00
Transportation(Airport to Hotel) From Incheon International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6015)Fare: KRW 10,000Stop No : 5B, 11BDestination bus stop: Namdaemun MarketTraveling time: 67 – 72 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.From Gimpo International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6021)Fare: KRW 7,000Stop No : Gate 1, Terminal #6Destination bus stop: Namdaemun MarketTraveling time: 42 – 47 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.Nearest Subway StationLine #2, City HallTaxiApprox. KRW 50,000
Room Amenties air conditioning, desk, refrigerator, shower, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, satellite/cable TV, television, mini bar, Free Wifi
Hotel Facilities Restaurant, Bar, Business center
Hotel « Venue 15 min. on foot

 

Name Hotel Skypark Central Myeongdong
Address (04538) 16, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel +82-2-6900-9300
Fax +82-2-6499-2589
Homepage http://skypark-central-myeongdong.seoultophotels.com/ko/
Check in/out time Check in – after 14:00 / Check out – before 12:00
Transportation(Airport to Hotel) From Incheon International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6015)Fare: KRW 10,000Stop No : 5B, 11BDestination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 77 – 82 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.From Gimpo International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6021)Fare: KRW 7,000Stop No : Gate 1, Terminal #6Destination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 66 – 71 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.Nearest Subway StationLine #2, Euljiro 1(il) gaTaxiApprox. KRW 50,000
Room Amenties air conditioning, hair dryer, internet access, microwave, washing machine, heating, kitchenette, coffee/tea maker, kitchenware, satellite/cable TV
Hotel Facilities Restaurant, bar, coffee shop, Business center
Hotel « Venue 7 min. on foot

 

Name Ibis Ambassador Myeong-dong
Address (04534) 78, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel +82-2-6272-1101
Fax +82-2-6272-1104
Homepage https://ibis.ambatelen.com/myeongdong/main.amb
Check in/out time Check in – after 14:00 / Check out – before 12:00
Transportation(Airport to Hotel) From Incheon International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6015)Fare: KRW 10,000Stop No : 5B, 11BDestination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 77 – 82 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.From Gimpo International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6021)Fare: KRW 7,000Stop No : Gate 1, Terminal #6Destination bus stop: Rolyal Hotel (Euljiro 1-ga)Traveling time: 66 – 71 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.Nearest Subway StationLine #2, Euljiro 1(il) gaTaxiApprox. KRW 50,000
Room Amenties free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen satellite TV, fridge and safe. Private bathroom includes a bathtub, shower, bathrobe and free toiletries.
Hotel Facilities Restaurant, Bar, Tea/Coffee maker, Business center
Hotel « Venue 5 min. on foot

 

Name Philstay Hostel
Address (04536) 57, Myeongdong 2-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel +82-2-778-8835
Fax +82-2-778-8836
Homepage http://philstay-myeongdong-metro.seoul-hotels-kr.com/en/
Check in/out time Check in – after 15:00 / Check out – before 12:00
Transportation(Airport to Hotel) From Incheon International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6015)Fare: KRW 10,000Stop No : 5B, 11BDestination bus stop: Myeong-dong StationTraveling time: 70 – 75 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.From Gimpo International AirportAirport Limousine Bus (#6021)Fare: KRW 7,000Stop No : Gate 1, Terminal #6Destination bus stop: Myeong-dong StationTraveling time: 45 – 50 min. / Interval 10 – 20 min.Nearest Subway StationLine #2, Myeong-dong StationTaxiApprox. KRW 47,000
Room Amenties Air conditioning, Heating, Private entrance, Soundproof, Clothes rack, Shower, Hairdryer, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, TV, Satellite channels, Cable channels
Hotel Facilities Minibar
Hotel « Venue 10 min. on foot

 

Transportation

There are several ways to reach the conference venue, Lotte Hotel Seoul (on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/dfiaXH2zvaS2)

KAL Limousine Bus from Incheon Int’l Airport (most convenient):
https://www.kallimousine.com/eng/guide01_en.html
http://www.lottehotel.com/seoul/en/location.asp (click on “KAL Limousine Bus”)

  • Bus Line: 6701
  • ₩16,000 one way (₩10,000 children 6-12)
  • 1 hour 20 minutes to city center (subject to traffic)
  • Bus departs every ~20-40 minutes (depending on time of day)
  • Purchase tickets at the bus ticket counter at the airport
  • Bus pick-up at bus doors 4A and 10B
  • For return trip to the airport, bus picks up right outside the Lotte Hotel.  No need to pre-purchase a ticket, as cash can be used to pay upon boarding the bus (for the return trip only).

Train/Subway:

  • Take the Airport Express route in the direction of Seoul Station for seven stops
  • Change trains at Hongik University Station
  • Take Line 2 (Green Line) clockwise for six stops
  • Get off at Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station; take Exit 8 from the station, which is directly connected to the basement level of the Lotte Hotel.

Taxi from Airport:

    • Taxi stands available at the airport. Costs vary depending on traffic conditions, but will always be more expensive than the above options.  Typical costs range from ₩60,000-₩100,000.
    • Exit the airport through any gate between Gates 4 and 8 of the passenger terminal (arrival area), cross the street, and go to the taxi stands (4D-8C).
    • You may be approached by drivers offering a taxi ride. We do not recommend going with these drivers; go to the official taxi stands.

If you want step-by-step instructions for any of the above (down to the operation of the ticket-purchasing machines), see: http://asiaenglish.visitkorea.or.kr/ena/GK/GK_EN_2_2_2_3.jsp

 

Travel Information

1) About Seoul

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.

 Helpful Booklets for Seoul Visitors:

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.

 

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. 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. 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. 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.

 

Traditional Market (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.

 

2) About Korea

Korea is a beautiful country located on the Korean Peninsula in Northeast Asia, often referred to as the “Land of the Morning Calm”; A country surrounded by sea on three sides, while boasting green forests, open fields as well as meandering rivers.

Korea is a place that is alive with a rich tradition and culture that spans 5,000 years of history; An attractive country of changing sceneries and foods in each distinctive season of spring, summer, fall and winter; and a nation that produced the “Miracle of the Han River”, a stunning economic and social transformation forged by its people out of the ashes of the Korean War in 1950 and the subsequent division of territory.

 Language

The Korean language, like Hungarian, Turkish, Mongolian and Finnish, is classified into the Ural-Altaic language group. Hangeul (the Korean alphabet) is composed of ten simple vowels and 14 consonants. A group of scholars under the patronage of King Sejong the Great developed this systematic rendition of spoken sound in 1443. Hunminjeongeum , a historical document which provides instructions to educate people on the use of hangeul, is registered with UNESCO as a World Heritage, and UNESCO also awards the “King Sejong Literacy Prize” every year in memory of the inventor of hangeul.

Climate

Seoul has all four clearly distinguished seasons. Spring begins around early March; cherry blossom and flower festivals around the entire country signal the official coming of spring. The summer months can get quite hot and humid, but be ready for random spurts of coldness when stepping into a subway car, bus, or any other air-conditioned facilities in Seoul. For about a month starting from mid-July is the rainy season. Autumn start around September and boasts beautiful scenery as leaves begin to turn into fall colors. The winters in Seoul can get quite harsh. The temperature can drop as low as 15 degrees below zero (Celsius) during the coldest days.

Spring Summer Fall Winter
– late March to May
– warm
– June to early September
– hot and humid
– September to November
– mild weather
– December to Mid-March
– cold and dry

 

WEATHER FORECAST

http://web.kma.go.kr/eng/

Korean Food

Korea was once primarily an agricultural nation, cultivating rice as their staple food since ancient times. These days Korean cuisine is characterized by a wide variety of meat and fish dishes along with wild greens and vegetables. Various fermented and preserved food, such as kimchi (fermented spicy cabbage), jeotgal (matured seafood with salt) and doenjang (fermented soy bean paste) are notable for their specific flavor and high nutritional value.

The prominent feature of a Korean table setting is that all dishes are served at the same time. Traditionally, the number of side dishes varied from three for the lower classes to twelve for royal family members. Table arrangements can vary depending on whether a noodle dish or meat is served. Formal rules have developed for table setting, demonstrating the attention people pay to food and dining. Compared to neighboring China and Japan, a spoon is used more often in Korea, especially when soups are served.

Electricity

In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. (two round pins). If your appliance plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

Tax

Any product with this “Tax Free Shopping” sign will give you a refund on VAT. You must depart Korea within 3 months of the purchase.

How to get Tax Refund

  • Purchase your items at any shops with this “Tax Free Shopping” sign and receive a payment slip.
  • When departing, you need to get a stamp issued from the customs officer after showing him the purchased items and payment slip.
  • At the Cash Refund Office in the airport, you can receive the amount of VAT. You may also be able to get a refund at the airport of your destination.

Cell Phone Rental Service

CDMA cellular systems are widely used in Korea. SK Telecom and KT are providing a SIM card roaming service to allow you to use your GSM subscription in Korea. At the International Airport, you can rent a special CDMA cellular phone which accepts your SIM card. Please check the links below for more details.