30 Nov Introducing Seoul’s New Unique Venues
The Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) designates and supports unique venues in Seoul to help MICE event organizers choose the right place for their events (see article). The STO has recently accepted more sites as unique venues to make events exceptional.
If you want something besides a traditional conference hall, try the venues alongside Han River, one of Seoul’s notable geographical features.
▹E-land CruiseE-land Cruise operates seven docks and two terminals along the Han River. Aboard the cruise ships, one can enjoy both meals and showcase performances after meetings allowing for a memorable event. It operates two cruise ships (Britania and Tritania) that can accommodate up to 200 guests for each ship but can also function as a private event for VIP attendees.
Hotel lounges or rooftop bars are perfect to hold your meetings in an elegant and modern atmosphere while enjoying the views of Seoul’s cityscape. Venues run by hotels are especially recommended since they are equipped with impeccable services and facilities while providing a splendid open view.
▹Hotel Cappuccino’s RootfopHotel Cappuccino located in the center of Gangnam is conveniently accessible by public transportation and close to Coex, a popular entertainment and shopping hub where Seoul’s largest convention center is located. Its rooftop, located on the 17th floor of the hotel building, with great city views, can accommodate up to 60 seated, or 100 standing guests for an upscale meeting event or smaller groups for an intimate function.
▹Le Style Restaurant & Bar at Hotel ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul MyeongdongLe Style Restaurant & Bar located on the 21st floor of the hotel provides a grand cityscape along the skyline of Namsan and serves various types of eats and beverages. Le Style Restaurant & Bar with both indoor and outdoor seating can accommodate up to 110 guests and is perfect for personalized events.
▹ L7 Myeongdong Rooftop Bar FloatingL7 Myeongdong Rooftop Bar Floating provides a gorgeous, dream-like view of Namsan and downtown Myeongdong. Various rooftop functions with famous celebrities and DJs have been held here. It can accommodate up to 200 guests both indoors and outdoors and is a popular filming location for movies and television commercials.
▹SPC SqaureSPC Square with a concept of “a little plaza in the city center” is a cultural dining complex where you can dine from a number of franchised restaurants, enjoy arts and culture. Its casual Italian restaurant ‘La Grillia’ and a bistro ‘Bistro Bar La Grillia’ featuring BBQ and snacks on its menu are a perfect casual yet upscale venue for events.
▹ Hard Rock Cafe SeoulHard Rock Cafe with locations all over the world including London and New York opened Hard Rock Cafe Seoul in 2014. Hard Rock Cafe Seoul with a panoramic view of Seokchon Lake can accommodate up to 350 seats where guests can enjoy entertainment and dining at the same time. Moreover, guests can easily socialize and network while viewing various famed memorabilia housed within the restaurant. The assistance, provided by a multinational staff, helps ensure events run smoothly.
The following unique venues functions as both a business events space and tourism venue providing guests an opportunity to meet and do a bit of sightseeing at the same time.
▹Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater
The Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater is one of the nation’s best theaters specializing in natural sound and dedicated to the Korean traditional music of gugak. Built in a hanok, traditional Korean house, style with elementas of contemporary architecture, it houses an indoor hall, gugak stage, cafeteria, and studio where visitors can enjoy gugak concerts and Korean traditional cultural activities. Visitors can also easily tour nearby tourist attractions including Jongmyo Shrine, Changdeokgung Palace, and Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Museum & Art Center
▹National Folk Museum of KoreaThe National Folk Museum of Korea is a cultural space that studies, collects, and preserves historical artifacts that showcase the daily lives and folk culture of ordinary Koreans and allowing visitors to see, experience, and learn about the culture. With a variety of space options including auditorium, traditional culture learning site, children’s room, and outdoor stage, it can accommodate various types of meetings and events. Admission to the museum is free and is open all year round, welcoming over 200,000 international visitors annually.
▹National Hangeul MuseumThe National Hangeul Museum is a public facility built to showcase and promote the cultural and historical value of the Korean written language, Hangul, considered one of Korea’s most-valued cultural asset. Selected as one of the 50 must-visit museums worldwide by the New York Times in 2015, it has various venues for meetings such as auditoriums and lecture rooms. You can also take advantage of its green open space able to accommodate events for 200 seated or the nearby Yongsan Family Park for a nature-friendly event.
Experiential facilities of the Unique Venues are great options to host international events while providing attendees with special experiences.
▹Grévin SeoulGrévin Seoul is the largest wax figure museum in Asia and the first Asian branch of the Grevin Museum in Paris. The Grevin Seoul features 80 life-like wax figures of some of the world’s top hallyu, global celebrities, athletes, world figures, and more including Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth II, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, and more. The museum holds a special event space as well as halls that can accommodate various promotional events and groups.
▹Seoul Grand ParkSeoul Grand Park is an attractive, large-scale venue with a long history. The open green area called Green Square within the park can accommodate 400 people while the park’s other square called Flower Rainbow Square can hold an event with 300 attendees. With an event hall situated in Seoul Land that can accommodate 500 people and Seoul’s largest ecology park, Seoul Grand Park is a Unique Venue perfect for large-scale events.