KTO names 30 ‘unique MICE venues’

Venues across South Korea can be used for big events and offer unique cultural experiences

There is an increasing number of event participants who seek special business events experiences away from regular hotel or convention centre settings.

SEOUL - The South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) have announced a list of 30 "unique venues" across the country that can be used to host big events and, at the same time, offer unique cultural experiences.

The announcement came on the back of a growing number of event participants seeking special business events experiences away from regular hotel or convention centre settings.

The 30 places include Inje Speedium within the Inje Auto Theme Park in Inje County, Gangwon Province, where visitors can experience motor racing; the Royal Room, a traditional Korean-style hanok hotel in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province; and Cosmo 40, a cultural complex in Incheon which was renovated from empty factories of Cosmo Chemical after the company relocated its production base, reported The Korea Times.

Also named are Panoramic 65, a bar and private dining room located on the 65th floor of Oakwood Premier Incheon, which features a multi-purpose hall for small private events and corporate banquets; as well as the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju which hosts various programs including exhibitions, performances and educational events.

Just KPOP in eastern Seoul is an entertainment restaurant where visitors can enjoy a variety of Korean cultural content including music, performances and food, and Bonte Museum on Jeju Island, designed by Japanese architect Ando Tadao, offers galleries, a sculpture garden and a cafe.

"These days many Asian countries renovate palaces and old factory facilities and provide them as venues for meetings and parties, in an effort to host MICE events," Oh Choong-sub, a director of KTO's convention marketing division, was quoted as saying.

"The KTO will strengthen the competitiveness of the nation's MICE industry by actively promoting the listed facilities."

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