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IIW 2014

The 67th IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference

About Seoul, Korea

About Korea

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One of the world's oldest civilizations, Korea has a recorded history dating back to approximately 2,333 B.C. Within the 5000 years of Korean history and its rapid economic growth after Korean War (1950~53), Korea has demonstrated to the world its rich cultural heritage as well as modern technology
Today, Korea is an industrial nation standing tall on the world stage. Its semiconductor, automobile, shipbuilding, steel making, and IT industries are on the leading edge in global markets. It hosted the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan. More recently, Korean dramas, movies, and music are attracting many audiences in Asian countries and beyond, creating what is being called the "Korean Wave." Korea's new standing in the international community was highlighted in 2010 with the nation becoming the first Asian country to chair the G20 and host the G20 Seoul Summit.


  • Geography
    : Korean Peninsula in East Asia, bordering China bordering China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast, with Japan situated to the southeast.
  • Population
    : 48.87 million (South Korea) (2010) l * Population of Seoul: 10.4 million
  • Government
    : Republic with a president elected to a single 5-year term
  • Economy
    : Gross Domestic Product US$ 1,014 billion (2010)
  • Language
    : Korean

Climate & Weather

Korea has four distinct seasons, though spring and autumn tend to be short. The country has a continental climate of very cold, dry winters and very hot, humid summers. The hot and humid summer begins in June and lasts about four months. The summer rainy season lasts from the end of June to mid-July. The average temperature in July is 24.9 ˚C (76.82 ℉)


Food is definitely one of Korean greatest draws. To experience Korean food is to experience both Korean taste and culture. Korean foods are very special, exotic, and particular. Known for its distinctively diverse flavor, wonderful appearance, and excellent nutritional value, Korean food is loved by people the world over. To learn more about quintessential Korean Food, please click here.

About Seoul

Top reasons to choose Seoul

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As a Northeast Asian business hub, Seoul has what it takes for business success, starting with the world’s 4th largest airport, serviced by 56 airlines.


Seoul is a friendly city with a high level of safety and security and an extremely low crime rate.
Seoul is a city buzzing with activities indeed even after midnight. There are many 24 venues open 24 hours in Seoul.


Koreans are a fun-loving people so it’s not hard to believe that Seoul hosts over 600 festivals every year.
Ongoing festival information can be found here.


The citizens of Seoul offer warm hospitality, enabling visitors to feel welcome and comfortable. You’ll find average citizens giving you assistance or directions while you navigate the city streets or visit local restaurants and tourist attractions.


Seoul has state-of-the art infrastructure including world-class accommodations, modern transportation systems and ubiquitous broadband Internet access.

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