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. 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.

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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.


  • Assistance in Bid Preparation
  • Venue Search and Site Inspections
  • Bid Support Declarations
  • Seoul Promotional Materials & Seoul Welcome Kit
  • Seoul Convention Supporters
  • Airport Multi-Cube Welcome Message

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 (204 total) in the Yearbook of International Organizations

Future Events in Seoul

2020 Indoor Air : International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and ClimateInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

2020 Gender Summit Asia PacificGender Summit

View More Future Events (2 total) in The International Congress Calendar

Past Events in Seoul

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 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 IREC : International Renewable Energy Conference – Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
2019 Conference – Green Growth Knowledge Platform
2019 Annual Symposium – International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision
2019 International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses
2019 GlobalNet 21 Forum – East Asia Institute, Seoul
2019 Conference – Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics
2019 International Youth Forum – World Assembly of Youth
2019 Joint Conference – International Studies Association
2019 Session – Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies
2019 Spring Conference – World Association for Triple Helix and Future Strategy Studies
2019 Convention – Global Peace Foundation
2018 Seminar on the Pricing og Illiquidity Factor's Systematic Risk – Asian Institute of Corporate Governance
2018 General Assembly – International Child Rights Center
2018 Seminar on Mutual Fund Flows and Fluctuations in Credit and Business Cycles – Asian Institute of Corporate Governance
2018 Corporate Anti-Corruption Management Cooperation Forum – United Nations Global Compact
2018 Seminar on the Outlook and Response Strategy for the Global Trade Environment – Korea International Trade Association
2018 International Forum on Transforming Cities for Decent Work – International Labour Organization
2018 Officers Meeting – International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO
2018 Congress – Asia-Pacific Vitreo-retina Society
2018 Seminar on What is Driving the Dispersion Anomaly – Asian Institute of Corporate Governance
2018 International Workshop on Theoretical Perspectives in Network Science – Asia-Pacific Centre for Theoretical Physics
2018 Workshop on International Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Societies – Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation

View More Past Events (6619 total) in The International Congress Calendar

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