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The 9th International Space Syntax Symposium will be held in two places in Seoul: the first two days at Seoul City Hall and Seoul History Museum in the city centre area, in conjunction with Seoul Urban Design 2013-international ideas competition for students cohosted by Seoul Metropolitan Government, and the last two days at Sejong University. We are planning to operate shuttle buses for your convenience, between the city hall and the museum on 1 November and also between the city hall and Sejong University on 2-3 November. All shuttle buses will start leaving at 08:15 in front of the city hall (or the Hotel President).
Below is the map showing the venues and the walking route in the city centre area. After the morning session at Seoul History Museum on 1 November, you are expected to walk, under our staff members' guidance, one of the most famous scenic alleys in Seoul to return back to Seoul City Hall (annex), where we will have lunch and panel discussion time. Seoul City Tour will start in front of the annex building immediately after the panel discussion.
Korea Visas & Passports
Foreign nationals entering the Republic of Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa. However, many are permitted visa-free entry for a limited time under certain conditions. For detailed information, check your country in Korea Tourism Organization: Korea Visas & Passports
If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a Korean visa, an authorisation or funding for the attending the symposium, we can provide it by email (pdf) or by surface mail (hard-copy). Just send us a request email at firstname.lastname@example.org. and we will try to process it as soon as possible.
From Incheon International Airport to Seoul City Hall
There are several different ways to travel from Incheon International Airport to Seoul City Hall: airport limousine buses (deluxe limousine bus / standard limousine bus), taxis, Airport Railroad Express (AREX) subway, and Seoul Metropolitan subway. The fastest and the most convenient way is to take deluxe limousine buses (or KAL limousines, as they are commonly called) that go straight to major hotels and downtown in Seoul.
Deluxe Limousine Bus (KAL limousine)
Boarding Platform: 4B or 11A
Boarding Platform: 4D, 5C~8C
Route: Incheon Int'l Airport(AREX) ⇒ Honglik Univ. (Transfer Line No.2) ⇒ Eljiro 1(il)-ga station (EXIT 8)
From Seoul City Hall to Sejong University
We are planning to operate shuttle buses during the symposium period between the Hotel President and Sejong University. If they are not most convenient for you, other forms of transportation such as subway or taxi are also available.
Route: Eljiro 1(il)-ga station ⇒ Konkuk Univ. (Transfer Line No. 7) ⇒ Children's Grand Park (Sejong Univ.)
Route: Seoul City Hall ⇒ Sejong University
The accommodations listed below are all close to Seoul City Hall and accredited by Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Hotel (within 15 min. walking distance from Seoul City Hall)
Innostel (value-for-money stay in Seoul)
Traditional Stay ('Hanok' - Korean traditional style)
Seoul Metropolitan Government distinguishes sixteen districts in Seoul (see the image below), with which you can get start to enjoy ancient history, traditions, cuisine, and trendy culture of the city. First, the central area (No. 01-06) boasts a combination of traditional and modern culture with the ancient palaces of the Joseon Dynasty surrounded by modern high-tech buildings. Second, there is an area called Shinchon (No. 07-09) symbolising Korea's youth and artistic spirit with a number of trendy marketplaces and uniqueness of indie culture and clubs. Finally, you may visit Gangnam area (No. 13-16), south to Han River, to find the most vibrant hot spots filled with business offices as well as luxury shopping streets, restaurants and cafe packed with people, day and night. For larger maps and detailed descriptions of the districts, click here.
Seoul city tour that is being planned by the Organising Committee as the event on 1st November will focus mainly on the most central areas (No.03-05) of Seoul. Detailed course is not yet fixed, but we will consider to choose a series of places that are most distinctive in their historical and architectural merits.