Global civil society activity in Seoul, Korea Rep

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Seoul, officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. With surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, Seoul forms the heart of the Seoul Capital Area. Ranked as an alpha world city, Seoul was the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$635.4 billion in 2014 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. International visitors generally reach Seoul via AREX from the Incheon International Airport, notable for having been rated the best airport for nine consecutive years (2005–2013) by the Airports Council International. In 2015, it was rated Asia's most livable city with the second highest quality of life globally by Arcadis, with the GDP per capita (PPP) in Seoul being $39,786. In 2017, the cost of living in Seoul was ranked 6th globally. In 2018, Seoul's real estate market was ranked 5th in the world for the price of apartments in the downtown center.

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Meetings Statistics

From UIA's International Meetings Statistics Report

Top 10 over 20 years

Seoul is ranked #5 over a 20 year period,
with 4291 meetings since 1998.

Top 10 in 2018

Seoul is ranked #3 in 2018, with 431 meetings.

Local UIA Partner

Seoul Tourism Organization


The Seoul Convention Bureau is a division of the Seoul Tourism Organization, dedicated to the business of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). We are in charge of international marketing and public relations for Seoul as a convention city. For business events, we provide services at every level, from support for bids to the promotion and final staging of the event.

The Seoul Convention Bureau has also developed specialized programs to educate convention experts, expand MICE offerings and reinvigorate the meetings industry. Committed to the advancement of Seoul as a convention destination, the Seoul Convention Bureau has joined forces with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to strengthen the industry's competitive power and provide you, our valued customers, with outstanding value and service.


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Organizations based in Seoul

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives Est. 1980

Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Network Est. 1999

Federation of Asian Societies for Molecular Imaging Est. 2006

Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul Est. 1987

Asian Sports Press Union

Korea International Cooperation Agency

Asian Institute of Corporate Governance

International Weed Science Society Est. 1975

Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network Est. 1997

Church Growth International Est. 1976

Asian and Pacific Shipbuilding Experts Meeting

Union of Asian Alpine Associations Est. 1932

Asian Rowing Federation Est. 1982

Asian Underwater Federation

Asian Associated Wrestling Committee Est. 1973

Institute of East Asian Regional Studies, Seoul Est. 2003

Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Est. 1991

East Asian Union of Human Genetics Societies Est. 2001

Ilmin International Relations Institute Est. 1995

International Cooperative Fisheries Organization Est. 1966

Latin American Studies Association of Korea Est. 1986

International Ginseng Symposium

Global Cooperation Society Est. 1979

US Consortium of APEC Study Centers Est. 1996

Asian Regional Cooperative Council for Nuclear Medicine Est. 2001

View More profiles (206 total) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

Future Events in Seoul

2024 International Symposium on Dental HygieneInternational Federation of Dental Hygienists

2022 Quadrennial Asian Australasian CongressWorld Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

2022 International ConferenceIEOM Society International

2022 World Congress of EndourologyEndourological Society

2021 CongressAsian Pacific Society of Respirology

2021 World CongressInternational Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

2021 Annual CongressInternational Union of Marine Insurance

2021 ConferenceInternational Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

2021 MeetingAsian Society for Neuro-Oncology

2021 Quadrennial MeetingWorld Federation of Neuro-Oncology

2021 Annual ConferenceInternational Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes

2021 World CongressWorld Catholic Association for Communication

2021 Triennial Therapeutic Riding CongressFederation of Horses in Education and Therapy International

2020 SymposiumAsia Pacific Tele-Ophthalmology Society

2020 Biennial CongressAsian Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

2020 Quadrennial World ConferenceInternational Committee on Non-Destructive Testing

2020 CongressUrological Association of Asia

2020 International Congress on CeramicsInternational Ceramic Federation

2020 Associations Round Table - Asia PacificUnion of International Associations

2020 Biennial CongressThe Transplantation Society

2020 Half-Yearly MeetingWorld Franchise Council

2020 Biennial General ConferenceEast Asian Insurance Congress

2020 Annual CongressInternational Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

2020 International Congress on Noise Control EngineeringInternational Institute of Noise Control Engineering

2020 Quadrennial World CongressBernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability

View More Future Events (41 total) in The International Congress Calendar

Past Events in Seoul

2019 International Conference
2019 Biennial Symposium – International Association for Comparative Research on Leukemia and Related Diseases
2019 ICCV : International Conference on Computer Vision – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2019 Conference on Assessment and Control of Micropollutants/Hazardous Sustances in Water – International Water Association
2019 Annual Meeting – Club des chefs des chefs
2019 Workshop on Arbitrator Challenges and Conflicts of Interest – International Bar Association
2019 Annual Conference – International Bar Association
2019 Asia Pacific Regional Conference – Lex Mundi
2019 Biennial Asian Pacific Congress – Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
2019 Annual Meeting – Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions
2019 E-Navigation Underway Asia Pacific Conference – International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities
2019 Conference – Asia-Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity
2019 International Congress – Asian Planning Schools Association
2019 ICCS : International Conference on Cognitive Science – International Association for Cognitive Science
2019 Conference – Asian Quantum Information Science Conference
2019 Symposium – Asia Islet Biology and Incretin Research Association
2019 Gathering – International Korean Adoptee Associations
2019 Annual Conference – Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association
2019 Asia Pacific Translation and Interpreting Forum – International Federation of Translators
2019 Annual Meeting – Asia Pacific Retinal Imaging Society
2019 Annual Meeting – East Asian Society of Endourology
2019 World Congress on Videourology and Advances in Clinical Urology
2019 Annual International Conference on Emergency Medicine – International Federation for Emergency Medicine
2019 Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit – International Air Transport Association
2019 ICASP : Quadrennial International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering – International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association

View More Past Events (6680 total) in The International Congress Calendar

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