IFA 2018 SEOUL

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Tour Programme for Participants and Accompanying Persons

Seoul, the host city of the 72nd IFA Congress, is the capital of Korea with over 600 years of history. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. Visitors will encounter modern skyscrapers and high-tech subways, while royal palaces recognized as UNESCO Heritage Sites are located right next to modern buildings. The Hangang River, which runs through the center of the city, is also a distinctive landscape of Seoul that offers a myriad of resting areas for citizens.

Seoul has also been a member of Creative Cities of Design by UNESCO since 2010 and concentrated on developing its design infrastructure. An example is Dongdaemun Design Plaza, designed by Zaha Hadid, the first female architect who received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to try tasty Korean food, at places ranging from street stalls to traditional restaurants.

A specific optional tour programme has been tailor-made for registered participants and their accompanying persons. These tours will provide an excellent opportunity to discover some of the most outstanding historic and cultural assets that Seoul and other regions in Korea are ready to offer.

Reservation Period

 Friday, 9 March – Friday, 10 August 2018: The availability cannot be guaranteed after this date.

  • All dates are based on Korea standard time (CET +8 hours).
  • For reservations after Friday, 10 August, please contact us via e-mail at: housingbureau@ifaseoul2018.com

Rules and Conditions for All Tours

  • All Half-day and Full-day tours will depart from and return to COEX. Please note that Pre and Post tours do not include KTX train or flight tickets to departure spots.

    * Korea Train Express (KTX) is South Korea’s high-speed rail system, operated by Korail.
     - Korail Ticket Reservation : http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizbfForeign_pr16100.do?gubun=1

  • For the participants of Half-day and Full-day tours, you are kindly asked to show up at least 15 minutes prior to departure at the Tour Desk in Coex.
  • Dress Code: casual attire with comfortable shoes.
  • All prices are stated per person in Korean won and include VAT, transportation, admission fees and an English-speaking guide. Full-day tours and Pre and Post tours include meals.
  • You can sign up for the tours either online or by completing and returning the attached registration form via e-mail to the Housing Bureau, if there is still space available.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed and tour reservations will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
  • The Congress secretariat reserves the right to alter or change the programme as necessary. In order for each tour to run, a minimum of 10 people must have signed up for Half-day and Full-day tours in advance and 20 people are required to run Pre and Post tours. A final confirmation letter will be sent to each participant who have registered for a tour program after 10 August, if the minimum number of reservation has been reached. Should there be insufficient advance reservations, the Congress secretariat reserves the right to cancel the tour or substitute by other program in question. In cases where the Congress secretariat cancels a tour, the confirmation of cancellation is available after 10 August 2018 and the full reimbursement of the cost will be provided thereafter.
  • Participants and their accompanying persons are strongly recommended to seek insurance cover for health, travel and private liability before leaving their home countries. Neither the Congress secretariat nor Central IFA shall accept any responsibility for personal injury or loss or damage to private or personal property.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Any change or cancellation must be submitted in writing to housingbureau@ifaseoul2018.com and are liable to the following cancellation & refund policy:

  • Cancellation until Friday, 10 August 2018: No penalty
  • Cancellation from Saturday, 11 August to Friday, 17 August 2018: 50% refund (50% cancellation fee)
  • Cancellation from Saturday, 18 August 2018: No refund

Tour Overview

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Pre/Post-Congress Tour PR-3 PS-3
PR-1 PR-2 PS-1 PS-2
Full-Day Tour FT-1 FT-2 FT-3 FT-4 FT-4
Half-Day Tour HT-1 HT-3 HT-5 HT-7 HT-1
HT-0 HT-2 HT-4 HT-6 HT-8 HT-6

* USD 1 = KRW 1,088 / EUR 1 = 1,335 as of 8 February 2018

Tour Type Tour
Description
Tour Rate / Person
(KRW, VAT Inc.)
Single
Occupancy Rm.
Double
Occupancy Rm.
PR-1 Jeonju Two days (including a 45-seater bus, admission fee, experience fee, an English speaking guide, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 mineral water a day, Single/Double occupancy room at 4 star hotel and breakfast) 490,000 330,000
PR-2 Seorak Two days (including a 45-seater bus, admission fee, cable car fare, an English speaking guide, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 mineral water a day, Single/Double occupancy room at 4 star hotel and breakfast) 435,000 341,000
PR-3 Busan and Gyeongju Three days (including a 45-seater bus, admission fee, an English speaking guide, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, 1 mineral water a day, Single/Double occupancy room at 4 star hotel and breakfast) 755,000 547,000
PS-1 Gyeongju Two days (including a 45-seater bus, admission fee, an English speaking guide, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 mineral water a day, Single/Double occupancy room at 4 star hotel and breakfast) 430,000 321,000
PS-2 Suncheon and Yeosu Two days (including a 45-seater bus, admission fee, cable car fare, an English speaking guide, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 mineral water a day, Single/Double occupancy room at 4 star hotel and breakfast) 430,000 337,000
PS-3 Jeju Three days (including a 45-seater bus, admission fee, an English speaking guide, 1 lunch, 2 dinners, 1 mineral water a day, Single/Double occupancy room at 4 star hotel and breakfast) 695,000 494,000
HT-0 First Impression of Seoul Approx. 4 hours Free
HT-1 Authentic Korea Approx. 4 hours 65,000
HT-2 Along the Han River Approx. 4 hours 81,000
HT-3 Wine Tasting at the Cave Approx. 4 hours 85,000
HT-4 Inner Peace Approx. 4 hours 67,000
HT-5 Modern Seoul Approx. 4 hours 97,000
HT-6 Traditional Seoul Approx. 4 hours 67,000
HT-7 Royal Palace Tour, UNESCO Heritage Approx. 4 hours 67,000
HT-8 Street of Youth Approx. 4 hours 81,000
FT-1 All about Suwon Approx. 8 hours 133,000
FT-2 Korean Traditional Liquor Experience Approx. 8 hours 147,000
FT-3 Places of Sadness in Korea Approx. 8.5 hours 119,000
FT-4 Korean Cultural Insight Approx. 8 hours 124,000

(HT-0_Seoul) First Impression of Seoul

Sunday, 2 September 2018 l 13:00 -1700    *Tour included in the fee


On this half-day tour, visitors will have a valuable opportunity to learn about Seoul. First, we will visit N Seoul Tower, the first tower-type tourism spot in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower’s own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in Asia. Next, we will move to Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House), the official residence of the President of Korea. The last tour spot is Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) which holds various exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences and events.

(HT-1_Seoul) Authentic Korea
Monday, 3 September 2018 l 09:00-13:00
Friday, 7 September 2018 l 09:00 -13:00

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea. In front of the palace is the Gwanghwamun Square, which used to be a road before converting into a pedestrian-friendly urban space that opened to the public in 2009. We will then move to Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House), the official residence of the President of Korea.

(HT-2_Seoul) Along the Han-River
Monday, 3 September 2018 l 13:00-17:00

On this tour, participants will enjoy the Han River, which flows across Seoul and divides it into two, by taking a water taxi and visiting the observatory deck of N Seoul Tower. The top of the tower is at almost 480m above sea level, making it one of the tallest towers in Asia. The observatory deck offers visitors an opportunity to watch a 360°panoramic view of the entire city of Seoul at a glance.

(HT-3_Gwangmyeong) Wine Tasting at the Cave
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 l 09:00-13:00

Gwangmyeong Cave is the largest themed cave park outside of Seoul, becoming a top attraction of Gwangmyeong City since being included on the 100 Must-go Destinations in Korea list for 2017-2018. The cave was founded for industrial mining mainly to excavate gold. The cool air of the cave makes it popular in summer, while the many exhibitions and events held within the cave keep it interesting all year round. The Wine Cave is a must-visit place if you are a wine lover; it holds over 170 wines produced at Korean wineries.

(HT-4_Seoul) Inner Peace
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 l 13:00-17:00

This tour will give you the time to find yourself by participating in a Temple Life Programme in Bongeunsa Temple. In a city block surrounded by the Coex and other tall buildings in Samseong-dong, Bongeunsa is a very peculiar site. This Buddhist temple has existed for countless years ever since it was built in 794 during Silla Dynasty, boasting a history of more than 1,200 years. Temple life is a half-day tour programmes that gives you a chance to experience traditional culture of Korean Buddhism in a short time. Consisting of programmes that are interesting for international visitors, Temple tour, Lotus flower making, Cham-Seon medition and Da-Seon (Tea ceremony) are included.

(HT-5_Seoul) Modern Seoul
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 l 09:00-13:00

Visit Seoul’s brand-new tower that records Top 1 in Korea and Top 5 in the world as the highest building. Sky Shuttle, the world’s first double-deck elevator, will take you to the 117th floor, which is the starting point of the observation deck, in just a few minutes. The Sky Deck, located at 478m, holds the Guinness World Record as the highest glass-floored observatory in the world. On days when visibility is limited, visitors can still enjoy a clear sky at the Sky Theater. The 120th floor holds the Sky Terrace, which has an open roof. Participants will also be able to do some shopping at Lotte World Mall, one of the top shopping attractions in Seoul.

(HT-6_Seoul) Traditional Seoul
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 l 13:00-17:00
Friday, 7 September 2018 l 13:00 – 17:00

Namsan Hanok Village, located on the north side of the Namsan Mountain, is an area full of traditional Korean houses (hanok). This village has five restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a traditional garden, performance arts stage and a time capsule plaza. Visitors will then go to Insa-dong Street, where precious and traditional crafts are on display. This is where you can experience and see traditional Korean culture, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the streets you can eat Korean taffy and lose yourself in all the joyous festivities of the street.

(HT-7_Seoul) Royal Palace Tour, UNESCO Heritage
Thursday, 6 September 2018 l 09:00-13:00

Participants will visit two UNESCO Heritage Sites that played a significant role during the Joseon Dynasty. Jongmyo Shrine is the oldest and most authentic of the Confucian royal shrines to have been preserved. This was a primary place of worship for kings throughout the Joseon Dynasty. The memorial service, called Jongmyo Jaerye, is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world. The other site is Changdeokgung Palace which was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405.

(HT-8_Seoul) Street of Youth
Thursday, 6 September 2018 l 13:00-17:00

This tour invites you to the Hongdae area, known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground culture, and freedom of self-expression. Unique cafes, galleries, accessory stores, fashion shops, clubs and gourmet eateries make this a popular hang-out for local youth and a fascinating place to walk around. These unique places plus the cultural events, street performances, and festivals held here make Hongdae an area that is always packed with people and excitement.

(FT-1_Seoul) All about Suwon
Monday, 3 September 2018 l 09:00-17:00

Leaving Seoul by coach, visitors will see the culture of the latter part of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The Korean Folk Village shows various places with unique features such as a farming village, private house, official districts, and Confucian academy, in realistic descriptions as well as a nobleman’s house and traditional workshop. Also, you will visit Hwaseong Fortress constructed from 1794 to 1796, which has an impressive structure from the latter part of Joseon Dynasty and the official fortress of Suwon.

(FT-2_Pocheon) Korean Traditional Liquor Experience
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 l 09:00-17:00

Participants will visit the Korea National Arboretum that is situated in Gwangneung forest and contains the Forest Museum where all the information on forestry is exhibited. After enjoying the clean air, the next stop is Pocheon Sansawon. It is a museum of traditional Korean liquor, mainly home-brewed liquor. After touring the museum, you will try non-sterilised liquor of Baesangmyeon Brewery and join activity programmes for making home-brewed liquor, fruit-based liquor, seasonal liquor, and more.

(FT-3_DMZ) Places of Sadness in Korea
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 l 08:30-17:00

The Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), located in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province, includes tour sites such as the 3rd Tunnel, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, and Imjingak Pyeonghwa-Nuri Park. On a sunny and clear day, you may have a chance to watch a small area in North Korea. After the DMZ Tour, participants will return to Seoul and visit the War Memorial of Korea, which exhibits materials related to the Korean War. The museum was established by the War Memorial Service Korea Society in 1994 to commemorate the noble sacrifice of patriotic martyrs.

(FT-4_Seoul) Korean Cultural Insight
Thursday, 6 September 2018 l 09:00-17:00
Friday, 7 September 2018 l 09:00 – 17:00

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. Visitors will have a look into over 200 royal relics from the Joseon Dynasty displayed in National Palace Museum of Korea. Next, visitors will experience Korean food culture at Museum Kimchikan, a unique museum dedicated to Kimchi and Kimjang by learning about the process of making Kimchi which was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

(PR-1_Jeonju) Experiencing the Korean Tradition
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Starting time: 08:00 at Coex

A three-hour drive to Jeonju will take us to the Hanok Village, where over 800 Korean traditional Hanok houses are located. Around Hanok Village, you can see various other traditional buildings. Gyeonggijeon Shrine, Historic Site No. 339, was erected in 1410 and holds the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. Jeondong Catholic Church was built in honor of Roman Catholic martyrs of the Joseon Dynasty on the very same spot the martyrs lost their lives. Pungnammun Gate was built in the middle of the Joseon Dynasty and was designated Treasure No. 308.

After dinner, we will look around Jeonju Nambu Traditional Market which was opened as a regular public market in 1905. Currently the market is comprised of about 800 stores selling fruits and vegetables, dried fish, furniture, silk goods, and general goods.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Approx. return Time: 18:00 at Coex

After breakfast, we will visit Jeonju Hyanggyo, a Confucian school established during the Joseon Dynasty and which was designated Historical Treasure No. 379. This was a national education center during the Joseon period.
Next, take part in making the Hanji (Korean paper) with the help of a Jijang (paper-making expert) at Jeonju Hanji Museum. Diverse traditional paper making processes can be observed in this museum. After lunch, we will return to Coex.

(PR-2_Seorak) Looking Deep into the Unique Nature of Korea
Friday, 31 August 2018

Starting time: 08:00 at Coex

On this tour, we will visit Gangwon-do Province, located in the north-eastern part of Korea, for an unforgettable time. Namiseom Island, a half moon-shaped isle, is famous for its roads lined with chestnut and poplar trees.

After lunch, we will move to Abai Village, or Cheongho-dong, which is now the hometown to many people of North Korean ancestry. Many elderly people fled here from North Korea during the Korean War; the large number of older residents resulted in the town’s current nickname. Abai Ferry is a special way to get across the Sokcho harbor, separating downtown Sokcho from Abai Village. The distance is quite short (50m across), but riding the ferry is much quicker than going around by land.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Approx. return time: 18:00 at Coex

After breakfast, we will go to Seoraksan National Park which was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area, and later as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. It has wonderful places such as Shinheungsa Temple that has a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high, as well as Gwongeumseong Fortress which is also called Gwon-Kim Castle. Before going back to Coex, we will drop by Jumunjin Port which is one of the main fishing ports on the east coast and is home to over 350 fishing boats.

(PR-3_Busan&Gyeongju) A City Rich in History and Culture
Thursday, 30 August 2018

Starting time: 13:00 at Busan Station

This tour will show you the most beautiful views of Busan and Gyeongju. Designated as a Busan monument, Taejongdae Recreation Area represents Busan and is famous for its rock beach. Featuring its highest peak at 250 meters, there are forests of pine trees and 200 other varieties of trees.

We will then drop by Gukje Market which was first formed by refugees who fled to Busan during the Korean War. This market is one of Korea’s largest markets now and has a wide variety of goods.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Dongbaekseom (Island of Camellias) is an island located off one end of Busan’s Haeundae Beach. It offers fantastic views of the shoreline. everywhere on this island. Our next stop is Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which offers the special sight of a temple along the shoreline.

After lunch, we will go to Gyeongju, where we will visit Bulguksa Temple, which was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Asset in 1995 and which represents the land of Buddha. Seokguram is an artificial grotto constructed of granite that comprises an antechamber, a corridor and a main rotunda, enshrining the statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha. After dinner, we will visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, which were part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Approx. return time: 11:00 at Singyeongju Station

On the last day, we will see Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb) and Cheomseongdae Observatory. Large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia, which had been used for observing the stars to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No. 31.

(PS-1_Gyeongju) Gyeongju: the Capital of Shilla Dynasty
Friday, 7 September 2018

Starting time: 13:00 at Singyeongju Station

Gyeongju city was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla which ruled about two-thirds of the Korean Peninsula between the 7th and 9th centuries. Among many of Gyeongju’s historical treasures, we will visit Bulguksa Temple, designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995, which represents the land of Buddha. Seokguram is an artificial grotto constructed of granite that comprises an antechamber, a corridor and a main rotunda, enshrining a monumental statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha.

After dinner, we will visit Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, which were part of the palace complex of ancient Silla.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Approx. return time: 15:00 at Singyeongju Station

Gyochon Traditional Village is a Hanok village that allows visitors to take a look inside the lives of the famous Choi Clan. Visitors can see the house of the Gyeongju Choi Clan and try some Gyeongju Gyodong Beopju Liquor. We will look around Gyeongju National Museum which is loved by visitors and residents alike as it houses various historical and cultural artifacts.

In the afternoon, we will visit Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb) and Cheomseongdae Observatory. Large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia, which had been used for observing the stars to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No. 31.

(PS-2_Suncheon&Yeosu) Hidden Beauty of Korea
Friday, 7 September 2018

Starting time: 13:00 at Suncheon Station

This tour will give you the opportunity to find the hidden beauty in Jeollanam-do Province, located in the very south of Korea. Upon arrival at Suncheon Station, we will head to a town castle in Naganeupseong Folk Village. You can observe the daily dwellings indigenous to the south provincial area. Our next stop is Suncheonman Bay National Garden which was established to turn 1.12 square kilometers of natural habitat into a conservation area.

We will then go to Yeosu Port, which played an important role in terms of an Ocean Strategic Basement, especially during Imjin War in 1592, and where Admira Yi Sun-sin’s fleet called the Turtle Ship or ‘Geobukseon’ was based. After dinner, we will take a brief look inside this ship. You will also see the beautiful night view of Yeosu Sea as well as the night culture of Korea.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Approx. return time: 15:00 at Yeosu EXPO Station

After breakfast, we will head to enjoy the Southern Sea of Korea. We will take the Yeosu Maritime Cable Car connecting Dolsan Island and the mainland over the ocean. We will get off from the cable car in Jasan Park, located at the entrance of the breakwater of Odongdo Island. Despite being an island off the coast, visitors can simply walk along the breakwater installed from Yeosu Port all the way to Odongdo Island. After lunch, we will take a ride on the rail bike along Yeosu’s lovely coast.

(PS-3_Jeju) Most Beloved Island in Korea
Friday, 7 September 2018

Starting time: 13:00 at Jeju Airport

Jeju Island is the most beloved island in Korea by Koreans as well as international visitors. This tour will feature the beautiful scenery of Yongduam (dragon head) Rock, named after the shape of the rock, which was created by strong winds and waves over thousands of years. Next, visitors will have the chance to walk around in Hanlim Park, checking out Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, and Water Garden. We will also visit O’Sulloc Tea Museum which has a tea gallery, eco-friendly resting area, and cafe.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

This tour will begin with a visit to Manjanggul Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage, shelters ex-ceptional volcanic rock formations and wildlife. We will then visit Haenyeo Museum, where you can learn about the lives of Haenyeo (female ocean divers) in Jeju Island.

After lunch, we will visit Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak that rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. We will then look around the Seongeup Folk Village, which features the unique culture of Jeju Island: the black lava rock walls, the straight but curvy alleys to block the wind, and the stone grandfather statues (Harubang).

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Approx. return time: 12:00 at Jeju Airport

The last day on Jeju Island will allow visitors to appreciate the greatness of nature. Cheon-jeyeon Falls, named “The Pond of God,” is a three-tier waterfall. According to legend, seven nymphs would descend from the heavens at night and bathe in the waterfall’s pond.

Next, we will visit Daepo Jusangjeoli Cliff, which is the largest columnar-jointed lava (pillar rock formation) in Korea. Designated the No. 443 Cultural Monument of Jeju Island, it was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. The waves of the high tide crashing onto the side of the cliff create a breathtaking view of the ocean.

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