Korea & Daejeon

Korea

Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is strategically located at the crossroads of Northeast Asia. Over the past four decades, Korea's industrial structure was drastically reshaped, with major industries diversified to include automobiles, petrochemicals, electronics, shipbuilding, textiles and steel products. Such robust growth driven by brisk exports and sizeable investment in plants and facilities has led Korea to become the world’s 13th largest economy. As a powerful focal point of the Asian economic block, it is a global leader in information technology and the home of such global enterprises as Samsung, Hyundai, and LG.

Since 2004, Korea's semiconductors, automobiles and wireless telecommunication devices have accounted for more than 30 percent of total exports. In particular, Korea's semiconductor industry has shown remarkable growth in the past 20 years and now ranks 3rd in the world in terms of total production.

Today, dynamic Korea pulsates with life and vitality, embracing both modernity and tradition. Korea is striving to become a modern and advanced country while preserving thousands of years of tradition. In the 21st century, Korea is committed to becoming the hub of Northeast Asia.

With a history tracing back more than 5,000 years, Korea is also proud of its dazzling culture. While experiencing rapid economic development, the current trend in Korean culture is the harmonious combination of traditional and modern styles, revealing its historical roots.

As of October 2009, Korea has eight cultural heritage sites and one natural heritage site. Korea’s Cultural Heritage conveys a genuine sentiment of simplicity and peacefulness. The historical background of the heritage is diverse, encompassing the history of Korea from ancient times to the Joseon Dynasty. The sites embody a wide variety of values from tidy and neat artistic spirit to scientific rationality as witnessed in such traditional constructions as a royal palaces or temples.

The volcanic island of Jeju-do has an outstandingly beautiful natural environment that is significant for its geological features and ecological value. In 2007, Jejudo Island was listed as a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site under the name of “Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes”.

Building upon this diverse array of treasures, Korea is attracting the world with the sophistication of its culture and entertainment industry, creating the ‘Korean Wave’ across Asia. Korean TV and movie stars have become popular throughout Asia, and have been making inroads into Hollywood and Europe in recent years.

Daejeon

Located in the center of South Korea, Daejeon is one of the most livable of Korea’s cities with its compelling mix of residents from other regions of the country. It is also a major junction for railways and expressways.

Daejeon is a city of science and education: home to Daedeok Science Town and Daejeon Expo Park. Thanks to the major research centers in Daejeon, it also has one of the largest international populations in Korea. Moreover, the level of education is extremely high and the ratio of Ph.D. holders quite impressive. All that makes for a very stimulating environment for students and faculty.

Whether you are walking along the Kapcheon River near the glimmering Smart City & Daedeok Innopolis complex, enjoying shopping at the luxurious Galleria Department Store in Dunsan-Dong, or eating at one of the fine restaurants in Mannyeon-Dong, Daejeon has something for everyone. Yuseong Hot Springs Resort and Daecheong Dam are popular tourist attractions. The temples and pavilions nestled away in the mountains surrounding Daejeon lure visitors to become long-term residents.

Daejeon Convention Center (DCC)

Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) is one of Daejeon's premiere conference centers with a unique, sophisticated architectural design, a beautiful view and modern facilities. DCC, which opened in 2008, consists of a Grand Ballroom, an Exhibition Hall, a Conference Hall, and 24 meeting rooms designed to accommodate all kinds of meetings and convention activities.

Though it is considered a comparatively latecomer to the MICE industry, Daejeon has rapidly positioned itself as one of the leading cities in this field after the opening of the Daejeon Convention Center. To date, the DCC has been the venue for 80 international meetings in various scales, including the 60th International Astronautical Congress (ICA) last year. With a growing list of successful conferences, DCC is becoming one of the most popular convention centers in Korea.

Moreover, KOTREX (KOTRA Exhibition Center in Daejeon), Expo Park, Daejeon Culture and Arts Center, the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts and Hanbat Arboretum are located nearby the DCC, which provide a platform for experience in the latest science and technology.