15-20 May 2016
EXCO in Daegu, Republic of Korea
Asia/Seoul timezone

General Information

Daegu / Korea

Korea

The Republic of Korea, once known as the “Land of the Morning Calm,” is now the world’s 11th largest economy and the gateway to Northeast Asia. Its natural beauty, combined with unique cultural heritage preserved for thousands of years and amiable people, attracts visitors from all over the world.

Weather

Korea has four seasons with a wet monsoon/summer season in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. Summer, spanning from June through August, is a preferred time for vacations with family and friends. Many flock to the beach for sea, sand, and sun, while others travel across the country in search of the arts, music, and culture; whichever one’s destination may be, there are festivals held throughout the season from coast to coast to bring about excitement, and blow away the summer heat.

Culture

 

Hangeul : Korean alphabet , A very scientific writing system that has been designated by UNESCO as an important part of the Memory of the World Heritage. As a result of the Korean Wave and Korean economic prosperity, the desire to learn hangeul  and the Korean language is exploding.

 

Hansik: Korean food, contains less meat and features a wide variety of fermented foods, assorted vegetable dishes, and rice. It is very nutritious and is becoming more and more popular around the world for its health benefits. Traditionally, Korean table settings are comprised of a number of side dishes. Family and friends gather around the table and share between themselves, sampling every dish. Only boiled rice and guk (soup) are two items that are not shared. These customs represent the true character of Koreans as being people who prefer to do everything together.

 

Hanbok : Traditional Korean clothing. In traditional hanbok design, curved features are important. As they are not meant to be tight fitting, the inherent beauty of hanbok is apparent in its elegance and style created by the abundance of material. The curves and vibrant colors of hanbok have had a significant impact on the Korean fashion industry. By combining traditional dress with modern fashion, a series of fusion hanbok designs were introduced. Designs and patterns of hanbok have even been applied to architecture.

 

Hanok : Traditional Korean houses . Many international visitors are showing interest in the traditional Korean home, hanok as they want to experience ondol , the Korean floor heating system very effective in the cold winter. ondol  is an important aspect of unique architectural style in Korea and brought floor heating into vogue globally

 

 

K-POP: K-POP is a musical genre consisting of dance, electronic, electropop, hip hop, rock, and R&B music originating in South Korea. In addition to music, K-pop has grown into a popular subculture among teenagers and young adults around the world.

Daegu

Daegu Metropolitan City is the third largest city in Korea and is located in the southeastern part of the Korean peninsula. With an efficient transportation network linked in all directions, Daegu Metropolitan City is a gateway to numerous cultural heritages and tourist attractions, all proudly displaying the unique Korean culture. Daegu is at the heart of Buddhist and Confucian traditions and is therefore a perfect place to appreciate the true character of Asia.

    

EXCO

 Opened in April 2001, EXCO, already a state of the art convention and exhibition facility, is entering a phase of extensive expansion that was completed in 2011. By then EXCO will comprise 24,000-square meter-exhibition space, convention hall with 4,000 seats, auditorium with 1,600 seats and 34 conference rooms.

Strategically located at the center of Daegu Distribution Complex, EXCO provides an easy access to the Daegu International Airport, Kyungbu and Daegu railroads, the main highways and express train station.

Googlemap: EXCO:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/EXCO/@35.907821,128.612776,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xca08be7329f6a0ca?hl=en  

 

Transportation

Click here to download transportation guideline 

Convenient and Easy Access

Korea can be reached from just about every major city in the world, either through direct flights or by connecting flights at any major East Asian cities. Korea’s excellent transportation network, which includes domestic airlines, highways and rail service, will make sure that all participants of TCI 2015 arrive on time.
Located at the center of the southeast region of the Korean Peninsula, Daegu is about 300km southeast of Seoul. From Seoul Station, visitors can easily take the KTX (Korea Train Express) to Daegu.

 

  • Flight
    Incheon International Airport - Daegu International Airport _ 50 mins, 2 flights / day
    Incheon_ 60 Countries, 172 Cities with 70 Airlines of direct lines
    Gimhae_ 11 Countries, 31 Cities with 21 Airlines of direct lines
    Daegu_ 2 Countries, 4 Cities with 4 Airlines of direct lines 

     

  • Train
    Incheon International Airport - Dongdaegu Station_ 170 mins, 8 times / day
    Incheon International Airport - Seoul Station - Dongdaegu Station_ 190 mins, every 15 to 30mins 

     

  • Limousine Bus
    Gimhae International Airport - Dongdaegu Station_ 60 mins, 10 times / day. Purchasing Limousine Bus tickets to east daegu, and also can get information at bust ticketing office. Taking an Limousine Bus at Bus stop No.2

  • Incheon Int’l Airport (ICN) -> Daegu Int’l Airport (TAE) : Direct flight from Incheon Int’l Airport to Daegu Int’l Airport are running twice a day.

  • Flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice due to operational reasons.

Route

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Travel Time

ICN ≫ TAE

07:55

8:50

55 min

19:25

20:20

TAE ≫ ICN

07:00

08:00

60 min

16:45

17:45

  • Flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice due to operational reasons.

  • Purchasing Limousine Bus tickets, and also can get information at Bus Ticketing Office : Exit 4, 9(Indoors), Exit 4,6,7,8,11,13 and 9C(Outdoors)

  • Taking an Limousine Bus at Bus Stop 10C

Limousine Bus Time

Time

First Departure

Last Departure

Interval

Fare

 

4h 30min

06:40

21:20

30-50 mins.

34,100 KRW

  • Taking Airport Train -> Getting to Airport Rail Station
    Incheon International Airport Station is on the B1 floor in the Transportation Center

  • 1F of the passenger terminal -> B1F of the passenger terminal -> Transportation Center -> Incheon International Airport

Regular Train to Seoul station

3,700 KRW

Express Train to Seoul station

13,300 KRW

* Estimated Time :
  43 minutes for Express Train, 53 minutes for Regular Train between Incheon International Airport and Seoul Station

 

Taking KTX to Dong-daegu Station

  • Purchasing KTX tickets and also can get information at ticket office on 2nd or 3rd floor

  • Taking a KTX to DongDaegu (Please check the exact departure time, number of train and seat.)

  • It takes about 1 hours 50 minutes.

  • You can also book your ticket via online. http://www.korail.com/en/rv/pr21100/w_pr21110.jsp

KTX

Time

First Departure

Last Departure

Interval

Fare

 Seoul to

Dongdaegu

1h 50min

05:30

23:00

15-30 mins.

41,000 KRW

You can check train schedules and purchase tickets up to 1 month in advance.

Reservation : http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do

KTX

Time

First Departure

Last Departure

Interval

Fare

Incheon Airport to

Dongdaegu 

2h 50min

06:55

20:35

8times/ day

55,800~78,100 KRW

 

Invitation Letter Request (Visa Application)

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. But people of some countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or in accordance with principles of reciprocity or national interest. For more details please visit the Korean immigration Service.

VISA Navigator

A letter of invitation will be sent by the symposium secretariat upon request to help participants to obtain a visa. Applications for invitation letters should be received 2 months before the conference.

Invitation Request Form

 

Time Zone

Korean time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 9)

Currency

The unit of Korean currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000.

Credit cards

Diners Club, Visa, American Express and MasterCard are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Traveler's check

Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler's check in US Dollars.

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.

Tipping

Tipping is not a traditional custom in Korea. A 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist restaurants and hotels. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.

Electricity and Voltage

The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts. The outlet has two round holes and is the same type used in France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries. If you do not have a multi-voltage travel adapter, you can borrow one from your hotel's front desk. If you want to buy one in Korea, you can do so at a duty-free shop, convenience shop at Incheon International Airport, or Yongsan Electronics Shopping Town.

Current Korea Weather Conditions

Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer in the middle of the year, and a cold winter from November to March. The most ideal time to visit Korea is during the autumn months (September-November). During this time, the country experiences warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps the biggest draw. Winters are cold and dry and remain a good time if you are interested in winter sports as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April-May) is also beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in bloom.

Emergency Call

  • 112 : Police

  • 119 : Emergencies for Fire / Rescue & Hospital Services

  • 129 : First Aid Patients

  • 1330 : Travel Information Center

  • 1339 : Medical Emergency

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