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 the 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 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 around $40,000. 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., Seoul was one of the host cities for the official tournament of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.

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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

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

Asian Equestrian Federation

View More profiles (205 total) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

Future Events in Seoul

2024 International Symposium on Dental HygieneInternational Federation of Dental Hygienists

2023 Biennial CongressWorld Gastroenterology Organisation

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 Societies

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 Annual ConferenceAsian Academy of Family Therapy

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 Asia-Pacific ConferenceInternational Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

2020 Half-Yearly MeetingWorld Franchise Council

2020 Biennial General ConferenceEast Asian Insurance Congress

View More Future Events (43 total) in The International Congress Calendar

Past Events in Seoul

2020 Annual General Meeting – International Table Tennis Federation
2020 Conference – Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Association
2019 SBE19 SEOUL : Sustainable Built Environment Seoul Conference – International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment
2019 Conference on Engineering Sustainable Development – Association of Pacific Rim Universities
2019 Annual Conference – Asian Academic Accounting Association
2019 Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues – United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament for Asia and the Pacific
2019 International Conference
2019 Biennial Symposium – International Association for Comparative Research on Leukemia and Related Diseases
2019 Conference – Asia Pacific Responsible Care Organization
2019 Workshop on the Peaceful Development and Use of Chemistry for Member States of the OPCW in the Asian Region – Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
2019 ICCV : International Conference on Computer Vision – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2019 IREC : International Renewable Energy Conference – Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
2019 Conference – Green Growth Knowledge Platform
2019 Conference on Assessment and Control of Micropollutants/Hazardous Sustances in Water – International Water Association
2019 Annual Meeting – Club des chefs des chefs
2019 Annual Symposium – International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision
2019 International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses
2019 Workshop on Arbitrator Challenges and Conflicts of Interest – International Bar Association
2019 Annual Conference – International Bar Association
2019 GlobalNet 21 Forum – East Asia Institute, Seoul
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

View More Past Events (6697 total) in The International Congress Calendar

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