With easy access, superb infrastructure and an abundance of cultural and natural attractions, Gyeonggi, the province surrounding South Korea’s capital city Seoul, is being propelled to international prominence. And the proposition keeps getting better!
Travellers from Incheon Airport to the South Korean capital, will have travelled through the Western part of Gyeonggi.
Gyeonggi, together with Incheon and Seoul, the two independently administered municipalities, have a combined 25.5 million inhabitants, around half of South Korea’s total population.
Meaning “near the capital”, Gyeonggi is today a powerhouse for South Korea’s electronics, machinery, chemicals, steel, textile and agriculture industries. Its infrastructure for MICE is equally impressive, promising planners excellent accessibility, quality and variety.
From Suwon, visitors can easily access a wealth of business facilities as well as leisure attractions. Gyeonggi’s golf courses, hot springs, art villages, theme parks and shopping malls are complemented by many industrial tours that offer overseas visitors a new perspective on South Korea’s rising influence on international business.
As a result of close collaboration between public and private sector organisations, Gyeonggi’s credentials in MICE have advanced considerably in recent years. Its readiness to host large-scale incentive tours or exhibitions is now well recognised by MICE planners worldwide.
OPENING IN MARCH 2019, SUWON CONVENTION CENTRE BOASTS 28 MEETING ROOMS AND A CONFERENCE SPACE FOR 3,000
READY FOR MICE
Gyeonggi’s meeting facilities are indeed world class. The Korean International Exhibition & Convention Centre (KINTEX) is South Korea’s largest venue of its kind with 100,000 sq m of exhibition space. In Hwaseong, SINTEX is a full-service, purpose-built facility with a ballroom that accommodates up to 1,000 people. Opening in March 2019, Suwon Convention Centre boasts 28 meeting rooms and a conference space for 3,000. These facilities are well served by a wide range of hotels. Unique venues such as museums, theme parks and botanic gardens add to the diverse array of facilities open to MICE planners. The Korean Folk Village is especially popular for receptions, thanks to its traditional setting and atmosphere.
Teambuilding can be a uniquely Korean experience. Why don’t you try military uniform and act out a scene from the 2016 hit K-drama Descendants of the Sun at the Camp Greaves Experience Centre? Or try indoor rock climbing at the Star eld Goyang? Take a peek into the future at the Hyundai Motor Studio in Goyang, the country’s largest automobile theme park, or the Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon, which not only traces the company’s history but also its cutting-edge mobile technologies.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Just like the diversity of its high- achieving economy, Gyeonggi is home to a remarkable selection of leisure and cultural attractions. Heading the list are Suwon Hwaseong Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Korean Folk Village, the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), Yeoju Ceramic Art Complex, and Icheon Ceramics Village. A mountainous region, Gyeonggi’s jagged ranges and deep river valleys are also a nature lovers’ paradise. Most of Gyeonggi’s attractions can be visited on a day trip.
AT YOUR SERVICE
International MICE planners have a reliable partner in Gyeonggi MICE Bureau, a dedicated agency with market intelligence and local connections in 31 cities and counties within Gyeonggi. It also offers marketing and promotional support such as brochure and videos. The Gyeonggi MICE Alliance, a public-private joint marketing body, is another resource into which planners can for an exception MICE event in Gyeonggi.
Photo: Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site; Korean International Exhibition Convention Center (KINTEX); Riding experience at Hyundai Motor Studio