South Korea: Seoul vs Busan

Busan may be much smaller than Seoul, but its events potential is on a par.

South Korea: Seoul vs Korea
South Korea: Seoul vs Korea

SEOUL

HOTELS

For a five-star hotel chain, try the 601-room Grand Hyatt Seoul that can host up to 2,000 in its Grand Ballroom, and five smaller function rooms. Then there's the Lexington, the city's first New York-style business hotel, with eight different-sized meeting rooms.

VENUES

The top venue - and tenth biggest exhibition centre in the world - is Coex, a 437,221m2 complex. For a less-traditional meeting place try the Gana Art Centre, a cultural complex with three exhibition halls and an outdoor performance stage.

RESTAURANTS

Korea House is a traditional-style Korean restaurant, serving speciality 'royal cuisine', inspired by a regal banquet. Byeokje Galbi specialises in a local favourite - tabletop barbecues - and appeared in the Wall Street Journal's list of the top-five Asian eateries.

INCENTIVES

Delegates should try a lesson in Korea's national martial art, taekwondo, finishing with the breaking of a block of wood with bare hands. By contrast, opt for traditional cooking at Yoo's Family, an authentic home with classes taught by family members.

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Seoul CVB
Contact: Eugene Choi
Tel: +82 237 88 08 21
Email: mice@seoulwelcome.com
Web: www.miceseoul.com

BUSAN


HOTELS

For size and opulence, opt for the 320-bed Haeundae Grand Hotel, with its Grand Ballroom for up to 1,500 and Convention Hall for up to 1,000. Homers Hotel has a spectacular meetings spot: the Sky Banquet Hall, on the 20th floor, facing the sea.

VENUES

Bexco is a single-storey and pillar-free exhibition hall that can house up to 1,800 booths, and features an exhibition hall the size of three football pitches. The glass-fronted Apec House has almost 3,000m2 of convention space and is on a small island.

RESTAURANTS

Try the 300-capacity Gaemijip, which specialises in seafood, including nakji bokkeum (spicy stir-fried baby octopus) and spicy seafood stew. The 400-seat, family-run Kangchon Garden serves Korean food, including beef ribs marinated in ginseng.

INCENTIVES

The most popular incentive venue is Spa Land, a 22-spa complex with 13 themed Jjimjilbangs (traditional bathhouses).

A temple stay is a must: try Geumsansa, which offers Yebul (a ceremonial service with chanting) and Chamseon (Zen meditation).

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Busan CVB
Contact: Jenny Yim
Tel: +82 517 40 36 00
Email: yimdorpin@nate.com
Web: www.busancvb.org/english

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