First convention centre planned for South Korea’s southwest Chungnam Province

The five-storey centre in Cheonan city will be less than an hour from Seoul

An artist's impression of the new Chungnam International Convention Center. Credit: Chungnam-do

CHEONAN, SOUTH KOREA - The first international convention centre in South Korea's southwest Chungnam Province is expected to be built in Cheonan city by 2023.

Located directly south of Gyeonggi Province, Chungnam Province is an emerging transportation and logistics hub. Cheonan is situated 40 minutes from Seoul by the high-speed KTX train.

Plans for the new centre were announced in April 2020, after the new centre passed the local financial investment review by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security.

This will be the first large-scale convention centre in a region whose main industries include the display, steel, petrochemical and automobile industries.

The five-storey centre is expected to house some 9,000 sqm of exhibition facilities and 4,786 sqm of conference venues. It will house a convention hall and three mid-sized conference halls, and five meeting rooms.

Additional facilities will include exhibition halls, public relations centres, venture-education facilities, and restaurants.

The province will finalise plans for the centre in the coming months and select a winning design in the second half of this year. The centre is expected to attract local and international exhibitions.

"We will foster the convention centre as a B2B specialised industrial support centre that links exhibitions, conferences, and investments," said Mr Jeong Byeong-rak, director of the Chungnam-do Future Industry Bureau. "We anticipate the construction will bring new vitality to the overall regional economy."