The 4th International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication

Guide for Arrival and Visit

From the Airport to the Hotel
From the Incheon or Gimpo International Airport, take a limousine bus to Seoul City Air Terminal. One way ticket costs 12,000 Korean Won. The conference hotel, IBIS Ambassador Hotel, is a business hotel within a 10-minute walk from the City Air Terminal, across Teheran Road, behind the POSCO Center building. Please see the Arrival Guide below for instructions to get from the airport to the conference hotel.

From the Hotel to the Conference Venue
The conference will lease a bus to transport you between the hotel and the conference venue. The bus will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. on each day of the conference, and return you to the hotel in the evening. There is no bus transportation in between.

Meals and Social Events at the Conference
You should take care of the breakfast on your own. The hotel has a fairly decent restaurant. Near the hotel, there are some convenience stores and other restaurants. The conference will provide lunch and dinner on each day of the conference. If you have special dietary needs (e.g., vegetarian), please inform before your arrival in Korea.

In the late afternoon of the second day of the conference, we plan to take you to the Insadong district (Old Town) for a brief tour before dinner.

Near the Hotel
The City Air Terminal, COEX convention center, Intercontinental Hotels (Grand and COEX), and Hyundai Department Store are in the same city block, and are all connected through a basement arcade of many shops, restaurants and diners. The basement floor of Hyundai Department Store has a supermarket and a bustling food court. The basement of the Grand Intercontinental hotel also has a food court where you will find a wide variety of fast-service foods, ranging from popular Korean dishes to hamburgers and fried chickens. The basement also has a wide variety of shops, some expensive and others not so expensive.

Across the streets from the complex of City Air Terminal, COEX convention center, and the two Intercontinental Hotels are more stores and restaurants.

You may wish to visit the complex, the basement arcade, and the POSCO Center building.

Also, if you are interested in a visit of a Korean Buddhist temple, there is one, named Bongeunsa temple within a short 10-minute walk from the COEX convention center. Bongeun-sa Temple, founded in 794 during the Silla dynasty, is one of the few large-scale urban temples to be found in the country. This functioning, centrally located temple is popular with locals and tourists alike. The temple's centerpiece is a 75-foot tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha, who it is believed will be reborn to bring peace and fulfillment to the world. Come enjoy a walking tour of this traditional Korean temple and learn about Buddhism in Korea.


Arrival Guide
Seoul has two airports - Incheon International Airport and Gimpo Airport. Gimpo Airport is used only for domestic travels and some cities from Japan. Thus, all the travelers from USA, European countries, and most Asian countries will use the Incheon International Airport.

For instructions from the Incheon International Airport to IBIS Ambassador Hotel, click here.

Seoul Sights Guide
If you care to stay in Seoul an extra day before or after the conference, you may want to take the Metro subway to visit some attractions.

Itaewon
Itaewon is the most exotic place in Seoul, with its fusion of cultures, giving it a distinctive atmosphere. Many people say, ?œYou may not know Seoul, but you should know Itaewon,??showing how renowned of a shopping district Itaewon is. The Itaewon shopping area covers a 1.4 km long street, stretching from Itaewon 1-dong eastwards to Hannam 2-dong. The area has a vibrant ambience with shops, restaurants, bars and street vendors. Most signboards are written in English, and people are often heard speaking English on the street.

More information:
http://english.tour2korea.com/06shopping/
ShoppingInSeoul/itae03.asp? kosm=m6_2&konum =subm5_3
 

Insa-dong
Insa-dong and the surrounding area were the neighborhoods of choice for Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910) officials, extended royal families, and the yangban aristocratic class.
The shops that once carried everyday items for the privileged class still line the streets, though their once common goods have now become antiques and art in the face of modernity.

Insa-dong is now home to dozens of art galleries and antique shops that are stretched throughout the area's narrow alleys, which branch out in all directions from one main street.

To explore the interesting places on these side alleys, it would be helpful to get a map of Insa-dong at one of the three Tourism Information Centers, located at the center and at each end of the main street.
 
More information:
http://english.tour2korea.com/06shopping/ShoppingInSeoul/insadong01.asp? kosm=m6 _2&konum=subm1_1

Historic site: Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung, 09:00 - 18:00
Closed: every Tuesday
Ticket cost: 3,000 won

GyeongBokGung Palace was built in 1395, the fourth year of the reign of King Taejo. The palace, named 'GyeongBok' or 'shining happiness,' was built as a tribute to the permanent happiness and prosperity of Korea's kings, their children and the people of the nation. It was burnt down during the Japanese invasion of 1592 and was left in ruins until its reconstruction in 1865, during the 2nd year of the reign of Prince Regent Daewongun.
Many of the buildings at the palace were demolished during the Japanese colonial period. However, in the 1990s, the Korean government launched a restoration of the palace, and it has now been restored to its original state. On the site stand GeunJeongJeon, GyeongHoeRu, HyangWonJeong, and Amisan Chimney, all in their original states.
The palace will allow visitors to get a better understanding of the culture and heritage of Korea.

More information:
http://www.visitseoul.net/jsp/english_new/see/ts01_01
_01.jsp? template_id=103&info_id= 1010000005&onloadset2_num=1

Museum : National Folk Museum of Korea

The National Folk Museum of Korea, 09:00 - 18:00
Closed: every Tuesday
Ticket cost: 3,000 won
The National Folk Museum of Korea recreates the lifestyle of ancient Koreans. There are 20,000 pieces in the collection, with a total of 4000 folk relics. In the Center Hall there are traditional culture or folk-related exhibits. The Hall of Korean Lifestyles??shows the lifestyles of Koreans from pre-historic times through the Chosun Period (1392~1910). You can compare the cultural characteristics and vestiges by period and also see the development of pottery, agricultural implements and prints. The 2nd Exhibition, called ?œHall of Koreans at Work,??displays tools for farming, hunting, and fishing, along with clothes and houses. It includes handicrafts, accessories, dishes, kimchi and jangdokdae. The 3rd Exhibition is called the ?œHall of a Korean Life Cycle??and presents the life of an ancient Korean from birth to marriage to death. The outside of the museum is more interesting than the inside. The Jejudo Island sculptures, such as DolHaruBang are displayed outside, along with windmills, treadmills and sheds. The National Folk Museum holds a ?œKorean Folk Concert?? every Saturday at the auditorium. The National Folk Museum designates the first Sunday of every month as ?œVisit the Museum?? Day and the admission fee is waived.

More information:
http://english.tour2korea.com/
03Sightseeing/DestinationsByThemes/
Depth04.asp?sight=Culture&
sightseeing_id=97&ADDRESS_1=
6142&ADDRESS_2=5540&ThemeCode =Culture_2&kosm=m3_2


Leisure: Han River Ferries

Jamsil, 12:00 - 09:00
Ticket cost: 9,000 won

The HanGang River sightseeing boats offer leisurely rides with plenty of fresh air. There are four boarding areas: Yeoui-do, Jamsil, Ttuksum, and Yanghwa, with resting lounges below each wharf.

More information:
http://english.tour2korea.com/03Sightseeing/DestinationsByThemes/Depth04.asp
?sight=Leisure&sightseeing_id=128&ADDRESS_1=6142&ADDRESS_2=4746&
ThemeCode=Leisure_7&kosm=m3_2

Museum: National Museum of Korea

National Museum of Korea, 09:00 - 18:00
Ticket cost: 2,000 won
This international museum maintains 18 permanent exhibitions displaying its collection of almost 5,000 artifacts and is also equipped with video-viewing rooms and audio and video guide systems. The museum was recently relocated to its new premises in YongSan Family Park, offering expanded capacity to accommodate larger exhibitions in the future. Moreover, the new facility will be a versatile and multipurpose cultural space equipped to take on research and public education in traditional culture and to serve as a platform for international exchange.

More information:
http://www.museum.go.kr