Transportation

From Airport (ICN) to Startup Campus Pangyo in Seongnam City, Gyunggi

One of the most convenient and economical ways for foreign visitors is to take Limousine Bus Services. When you walk out of the Incheon International Airport Building (1F), go to the Bus stop 8A for Gyonggi Area. (See below map)

You can check details at http://www.airport.kr/pa/en/a/3/1/1/index.jsp

Incheon International Airport (ICN)

인천공항 약도

BUS (for Pangyo)
Incheon Airport <-> Pangyo Techono Valley  

  • Airport limousine No. 5000
  • 80 mins
  • Fare: KRW 11,000
  • The last bus for Novotel Ambassador Suwon at ICN: 22:40

General Info

Time Zone

Korea uses Korea Standard Time (KST), which is 9 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+09). There are several other countries that have the same time zone – Russia’s Yakutsk Time (YAKT); Japan’s Japan Standard Time (JST); Indonesia’s Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT); and Timor-Leste’s East Timor Time (TLT).

01-02

Language

Korean is the official language of Korea. It is used throughout the Korean peninsula and its adjacent islands, including Jeju. Tourist information and interpretation services are available in English, Japanese, and Chinese at major tourist attractions for international visitors.

Climate

Located in the central region of the Korean Peninsula, Gyeonggi Province mostly has a continental climate and also a mountainous climate in the east. Winter is cold due to the seasonal wind from the northwest, whereas summer is hot with lots of precipitation. The annual average temperature is between 11-13°C, where the temperature in the mountain areas to the northeast is lower and the coastal areas to the southwest is higher. The temperature difference is greater in the inland areas than near the coast.

01-03

National Holidays

In Korea, holidays and seasons are marked by various celebrations and customs. While Koreans use both the solar and lunar calendars, traditional holidays and seasonal events are usually celebrated based on the lunar calendar. Seollal and Chuseok are the two major holidays in Korea. On Seollal (January 1 of the lunar calendar), Koreans put on their finest clothes, bow to their elders, and visit ancestral graves. During Chuseok (August 15 of the lunar calendar), a celebration of the year’s harvest and thanksgiving, Koreans eat fresh harvested rice and songpyeon (rice cakes).

Currency

The monetary unit used in Korea is the won (₩). Bank notes come in denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 won bills and 1, 10, 50, 100, and 500 coins. The exchange rates (as of June 30, 2016) are: 1,151.00 KRW = 1 USD, 1,278.30 KRW = 1 EUR, and 1,120.63 KRW = 100 JPY.

01-04

Tax

Korea’s tax free system can be divided into “Duty Free,” and “Tax Refund.” In duty free shops, no tax is applied to the price of items, including Individual Consumption Tax and Value Added Tax (VAT). Meanwhile, tax refund stores include tax and shoppers can apply for tax refunds at the airport for purchases of more than 30,000 won within 3 months of departure from Korea. Since January 1, 2016, immediate tax refund is offered to international travelers for convenient shopping. The prompt tax refund applies for purchases of less than 200,000 won, and is limited to a total value of 1,000,000 won per visit.

Business Hours: Government Offices & Banks

In Korea, government offices follow the hours 9:00-18:00. Banks are open 9:00-16:00 and closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

Electricity

The standard voltage is 220 volts and 60 hertz.

KakaoTalk_20170717_165016694

Visa

All foreign nationals entering Korea are required to have a Korean visa. Korea does not offer visa on arrival except in very rare occasions, so unless you are from a country that has a visa waiver agreement with Korea, you need to obtain a proper visa in advance.
* For detailed information on visa, please visit the official website (www.visa.go.kr).

Tourism Destination

A Special Territory, Home to UNESCO World Cultural Heritages

‘Gyeonggi’ means ‘outer land of kingdom’s capital’ and is to protect the royal palace. Since 1018 (Goryeo Dynasty) when the name was first used, the province has long been specially treated as the area guarding capital of kingdom. It is why you can find Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty here. Suwon Hwaseong, the masterpiece of the Joseon Dynasty, is one of the finest Asian fortresses. It was scientifically designed based on both Asian and Western military science theories and the oriental philology of ‘fi lial piety.’ Passing through the downtown area of Suwon, the fortress is one of the popular tourist destinations; it works off the charm of Gyeonggi-do where tradition and modernity are balanced. Registered recently as a World Heritage by UNESCO, the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty is attracting worldwide attention. It’s very rare in the world that a single dynasty existed for 519 years and it’s extraordinarily hard to maintain the tombs of kings and queens in that excellent state. UNESCO, impressed with their artistic and historic value, came to designate all of 40 tombs as the world heritages. 31 out of the 40 tombs lie in Gyeonggi-do. Based on this valuable cultural heritage, the province has become the center of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave.

 

One and Only Place on Earth; DMZ

The DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) is a natural tourist attraction. The world’s only active strip of division, DMZ has recently come to be regarded as a great ecological tourist spot with exquisite natural resources. Many people including children and world celebrities have visited the DMZ, which has been cut off from the outside world for half a century, to discover the importance of nature and to hear a true message of peace.

 

About Gyeonggi

Geographically, Gyeonggi-do surrounds Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea and is the center and the economic hub of the country. With two airports and two ports, it allows easy access to any city in Northeast Asia within two hours. Gyeonggi-do is where the tour in Korea begins. From prehistoric times through Baekje, Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties, which had maintained the royal road through the region, Korea’s leading industries like IT, auto industry and tourism have flourished here.

Gyeonggi Province consists of 31 cities and counties, spanning a total area of 10,175km squared. The province is about 17 times the size of Seoul, 15 times the size of Singapore, and 9 times the size of Hong Kong. It borders Chungcheongnam-do to the south, the West Sea to the west, and has Seoul and Incheon, in its center. As of July 2016, the population of Gyeonggi is approximately 13 million. Suwon is the most heavily populated city with 1.19 million residents, while Yangpyeong has the largest area, covering 877km squared.

01-01

About Korea

The Republic of Korea is a small country on the far eastern edge of Asia. It covers a total area of 99,392 square kilometers and has a population of 50 million. The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 10 million. Although it ranks 109th in the world in terms of land area, the country is a center of economic activity, culture, and arts. Korea had to endure the Korean War (1950-53), but it has achieved amazing economic growth in a short period, dubbed “the Miracle on the Han River”.

Korea has four distinct seasons, with each offering unique and beautiful landscapes. In the spring, forsythia, cherry blossom, azalea and many other flowers are in full bloom; in the summer, people travel in numbers to the coasts to enjoy their vacation on the beach; in the fall, the mountains put on a fascinating coat of crimson leaves; and in the winter, the land is covered with snow. The capital of Korea is Seoul, and the government is led by Moon, Jae-In, elected in 2017. The Korean economy is driven by the manufacturing and exports including ships, automobiles, mobile phones, PCs, TVs, and other electronics to countries all around the world. Korea has enjoyed rapid economic growth thanks in large part to its export-focused strategy. Today, the nation boasts the 15th largest economy in the world. Recently, Korean dramas and movies are also widely exported thanks to the popularity of Korean pop culture. K-pop stars are also active on the world stage.

ICEC

The International Center for Electronic Commerce (ICEC.net) is the first institute dedicated to international e-commerce founded by Prof. Jae Kyu Lee of KAIST (President of the Association for Information Systems, 2015-2016 and currently, chair professor of Yonsei Univ.) in order to promote e-commerce worldwide. Under the initial goal of becoming a global leader in the e-commerce sector by developing and transferring e-commerce technology, enacting relevant laws and rules, establishing improvement measures, jointly conducting R&Ds for e-commerce technology and having e-transactions with the global community, the ICEC developed e-commerce and e-payment softwares for Metaland.com which was open in September 1st 1997 and thereby has made great contributions to the development of the e-commerce industry.

Also, it launched the International Conference on Electronic Commerce in 1998 and has played important roles as an international research center in e-commerce.  Since 2014, Prof. Kyoung Jun Lee of Kyung Hee University has served as the 2nd director.

Starting first conference held in 1998 in Seoul, ICEC has visited more than 15 cities around the world (1st, 1998, Seoul, Korea; 2nd, 2000, Seoul, Korea; 3rd, 2001, Vienna, Austria; 4th, 2002, Hong Kong; 5th, 2003, Pittsburgh, U.S.A; 6th, 2004, Delft, Netherlands; 7th, 2005, Xian, China; 8th, 2006, Fredericton, Canada; 9th, 2007, Minneapolis, U.S.A; 10th, 2008, Innsbruck, Austria; 11th, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan; 12th, 2010, Hawaii, U.S.A; 13th, 2011, Liverpool, UK; 14th, 2012, Singapore; 15th, 2013, Turku, Finland; 16th, 2014, Philadelphia, U.S.A; 17th, 2015, Seoul, Korea). Since 2015, ICEC  has been held in Korea again.

ICEC has provided valuable forums for sharing knowledge and information to those in the e-commerce sector and academia and promoted people to people exchanges by organizing e-commerce workshops, business model workshops and etc. ICEC will surely play important roles continuously in such areas as smart mobile e-commerce technology, business method patents & management methods, R&D of business models, the development of e-commerce technologies enhancing public benefits and addressing real sector problems through the enhancement of industry-academia cooperation.

国际电子商务研究中及ICEC介绍

国际电子商务研究中心(ICEC:International Center for Electronic Commerce)成立于1996年,从1998年开始召开电子商务国际大会,这大会每年一次召开世界各地。而且,创办学术期刊《电子商务研究及应用》。 这是现在的顶级学术期刊被引用《社会科学引文索引》。
本研究中心通过企业和政府合作研究电子商务方面的实用知识。尤其是,在早期阶段电子商务时贡献出招商制 、电子支付 、证书认证系统等技术的发展。

世界电子商务大会第一开始在韩国首儿进行后每年一次在15个国家进行了。2015年和2017年在韩国再进行这世界电子商务大会。

 

SmartConnected.World

SmartConnected.World is the brand new forum for building and preparing for the Connected World with Smart Technologies. This forum deals with both the smart (AI) technologies and the networking technologies and their impacts to world and society. World-renowned experts, business leaders, policy makers, and citizen come together and share their knowledge and hopes for making the better Smart Connected World.

The SmartConnected.World 2017 is is held in conjunction with ICEC 2017 (International Conference on Electronic Commerce) and Korea Intelligent Information Systems Society Conference at Pangyo on Aug. 17-18, 2017, to make the forum more meaningful to both speakers and participants.
Pangyo, known as the Korean Silicon Valley, is the home for many startups and IT companies including Samsung. By having the conference in Pangyo, many industrial audiences will participate and seek useful information for their business.
If you participate, we believe you will have good opportunities to contact and discuss with industry people and academician during your visit to Korea.
The special theme of the forum is “4th Industrial Revolution and Smart Connected World”.
This event is co-organized by Korea Intelligent Information Systems Society(Kiiss.or.kr) and the International Center for Electronic Commerce(ICEC.net).