July 28–31, 2009, Seoul, Korea
ISSAC 2009 will be held at Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS
). For more
information about KIAS, please look up the KIAS
As main accommodation, we arranged with the Koreana
. The hotel is located in the center of Seoul, where you can
find many attractions
of the city.
The negotiated conference rate is 122,100 Korean Won per night.
As a more affordable alternative, we arranged
with Ulji-Ro CO-OP
located at Dongdaemun. It costs 66,000 Korean Won per
night for single and twin (or double) rooms.
Please see here
for directions and other information about Ulji-Ro
You can make a reservation for your hotel on the online registration.
Airport to the hotel
The entrance to Korea is mainly through Incheon
. In order to get to the hotel from the
airport, rather than a taxi, take a Limousine bus, which is quite
comfortable and convenient.
Take the KAL Limousine Bus bound for 'Seoul City Hall' (Route name is
'Seoul City Hall' and the bus stop is '4B' or '11A' on the first floor
of the airport). The bus stops at a few hotels in Seoul.
(Incheon airport -> Seoul Plaza Hotel -> Lotte Hotel -> The Westin
Chosun Seoul (Hotel) -> Koreana Hotel
-> Seosomun KAL building ->
Bestwestern Seoul Garden Hotel -> Incheon airport).
It takes about 80 minutes from the airport to the hotel. The bus
runs every 20 minutes, and the fare is 14,000 Korean Won. More
detailed information is available at the official website
Incheon airport (click 'Airport Bus' in the category of
'Transportation'). You can also print out the maps for Limousine
and for bus stop
at the airport.
If you have heavy luggage, we suggest that you take a taxi. There
are two different types of taxis: medium-sized and deluxe
(black-colored). A medium-sized taxi costs about 52,000 Korean Won
including toll fee (7,400 Korean Won). A deluxe taxi costs about
72,000 Korean won including the toll. The actual cost depends on
the traffic condition.
and show it to the taxi driver. Then he should know where you are headed.
Airport to KIAS
Taking a Limousine bus #6002 to Cheongryangri Station, which is the bus's
final stop (fare: 8,000 Won) and changing into a taxicab (fare: about
3,000 Won) is often the cheapest mean of transportation to KIAS.
In this case, please print out "Driving
Instruction to KIAS (for Taxi)"
and show it to your taxi driver.
Tips are rarely given to taxi drivers in Korea.
Koreana Hotel to KIAS
We will run shuttle buses between the hotel and KIAS.
All visitors to the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and
visa. Visitors with roundtrip tickets from countries who have a
special agreement with Korea may be exempt from the visa requirement,
and can stay in Korea visa-free for periods up to 30 days, or 90 days,
depending on the type of the agreement. For details, please visit
. When uncertain as to the requirement
for entry visa to Korea, please contact the Korean embassy or a
consulate as early as possible. If you are in need of an
individual invitation, please contact Ms. Soyoung Kim (soyoung (at) kias dot re dot kr).
Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate
from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation
standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct
seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short, summer is hot and
humid, and winter is cold and dry with abundant snowfall. Please
look up this website
for more information about Seoul's climate.
Time Difference / Business Hours
is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
(GMT+9). Business hours for banks are generally from 09:30 to
16:30 on weekdays only. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and
public holidays. ATMs are widely available. Major department
stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, but smaller
shops tend to open earlier and close later every day.
Tax and Tipping
A 10% sales tax is added on most goods and services, and usually their
prices already include the tax. Tipping is not a common custom in
Korea. Some tourist restaurants and hotels add a 10% service
charge to your bill, in addition to the sales tax. It is also not
necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he assists you with luggage or
provides an extra service.
In Korea, electrical outlets are operated at 220 volt only, and type CEE
7/17 (See Wikipedia
for it.) power plug is used.
Emergency call numbers are: 112 for police and 119 for fire/rescue and