Welcome to the the OECD Korea Policy Centre. The official schedule for each event will be from Monday to Saturday (including a city tour).
The events are held in Seoul. The venue may change from one event to another. This information will be communicated to all partcipants and experts before the event. A logistical note with practical information will also be sent out.
How to Get There
It is recommended that you arrive the day before the event begins (e.g. on Sunday for events beginning on a Monday).
Usually: HOTEL PRIMA, 52-3 Cheongdam-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-100, South Korea - On your arrival at Incheon International Airport, please proceed to Gate 5A or 11 B in order to buy a ticket and take Bus 6010 to the Hotel Prima. The bus comes every 15 minutes and the fare is 14.000 Won. It takes about 60 minutes to the hotel.
If you plan to come to Seoul before Sunday, please be advised that we will not be able to provide any accommodation until Sunday. However, we will be more than happy to book you into a hotel upon your request. Please note that you will be responsible for any expenses incurred before the official schedule begins.
Some hotel suggestions are as follows:
Accommodation and Meals
For the duration of the event, lodging and meals will be provided to all participants and experts by the OECD Korea Policy Centre. You will be staying at the seminar venue from the Sunday preceding the event to the following Sunday, your day of departure. If you have any special dietary needs, please inform us before your arrival.
Administration and Staff
During the seminar, the Center staff will be in the staff room near the seminar room. The office is equipped with a photocopier, fax machine, a telephone and the Internet. The classroom is equipped with an overhead projector and a whiteboard. Should there be any additional needs, we will do our utmost to help you.
Various activities will be offered during the event for both, participants and experts. Everyone will also be provided with opportunities to experience Korean customs and traditions.
Upon completion of the seminar, participants and experts are invited to the Workshop for Korean Taxation organised by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance. This workshop will be held on Friday morning. Details will be provided upon arrival at the academy.
On Saturday, participants will be given the opportunity to tour some of the historical attractions in Seoul and will also be given a chance to go shopping in a traditional Korean market.
Seoul, located in the central western region of the Korean Peninsula, is one of the oldest cities in East Asia. Seoul has been the capital city of Korea since the founding of the Chosun Dynasty more than 600 years ago.
Today, Seoul is a metropolitan city of over 10 million people. It lies at the centre of political, diplomatic, economic and cultural activities in Korea. Seoul developed into an international city when it hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup Games. Now at the forefront of the world IT and digital industry, Seoul hopes to become the core logistics and financial hub of the Far East.
The telephone numbers for some of the city tour companies with English tour guides are:
Korea Travel Bureau: +82 2 778 0150
Global Tour: +82 2 776 3153
Star Travel: +82 2 564 1232
Kim’s City tours: +82 2 323 3361
All of the city tour companies above have a variety of tour packages for many of the popular tourist attractions in Korea, for example Jeju Island, Gyeongju (the capital of an ancient dynasty in southern Korea), the Folk Village and Sorak National Park which is known for its scenic beauty.
You can find more information about touring in Korea at the official website of the Korean National Tour Organization at http://www.knto.or.kr
Korean Currency Exchange Facilities
You can exchange main currencies such as US, Canadian and Australian dollars for the Korean won (Korean Currency) at banks located within Incheon International Airport. Bank opening hours are from 06:30 to 20:30. You can also exchange currency at almost all bank branches in Seoul between 09:30 and 16:30. The exchange rate is around 1 US Dollar (USD) = 1,170 Korean Won, as of January, 2010.
Climate in Korea
Korea lies in a temperate climate zone and has four distinct seasons: a mild spring and autumn, a mostly humid, hot summer and typically a cold, dry winter. The average daily temperatures in Seoul throughout the year are as follows:
If you intend to bring any electrical or electronic devices (e.g. radio, cassette player) to Korea, please note that there is currently only one voltage in use in Korea - 220 volts.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Dong Hyun Lim, senior programme officer at the OECD Korea Policy Centre if you have any questions on visiting or staying in Korea. Telephone: +82 2 3299 1076 / Mobile: +82 011 706 8540 / Fax: +82 2 3299 1078 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Please also feel free to contact the OECD Global Relations Team in Paris: