Business Class Travel to Seoul
Seoul is an enormous city with multiple districts and is the capital of South Korea. Seoul is South Korea’s largest city and has a population of over 10 million people. The juxtaposition of Seoul lies in its futuristic technology and ancient culture. As a business traveler, you will find Seoul can be a great place to do business and a great place to visit, all in the same trip.
Arriving in Seoul and Airport transportation
Most business travelers will land at Incheon International Airport, which is about 43 miles from Seoul. Incheon International Airport is the largest and most popular international airport in South Korea and is also one of the busiest airports in the world. Incheon International Airport is considered to be one of the most luxurious and modern airports, as it is home to the Korean museum of culture, a golf course, spa, ice skating ring and private sleeping rooms.
There are many transportation options to your hotel from the airport. Many travelers enjoy the limousine busses that travel between the airport and major hotels. However, a regular metered taxi may be the most practical and simple way to get from the airport to your hotel. Taxis are also an inexpensive way to travel once you are in Seoul and traveling from meeting to meeting. The Seoul Metropolitan Subway or chauffeured car service are also great options for transportation.
Visa and Passport Requirements for Seoul
You will need a valid passport that does not expire for 90 days from the time you begin travelling. However, as a business traveler, you will not likely need a visa if you are from the USA, Canada, UK, or Australia. A 90-day visa will be given to nationals from the USA, but it’s best to review the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for the most recent documentation requirements, before planning your trip.
Money in Seoul
The official currency in Seoul is the Korean Won which is available in 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 50,000 notes, as well as 100 and 500 coins. The airport, most hotels and large banks are the best places to exchange your money. In Seoul, major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are accepted almost everywhere, so feel free to bring your favorite cards (but check with your bank about any foreign exchange fees).
Use popular websites like Yahoo’s Currencies Center to get the correct conversion rates before landing in Seoul.
Doing Business in Seoul
For conducting successful business in Soeul, an understanding of the Korean culture is mandatory. In Seoul, most business people will hold to Confucian traditions, which focuses on respect and honor for senior members. Please keep the following in mind:
- Cultivating a personal relationship will be essential for success.
- Dress should be formal and conservative for both men and women.
- When preparing for meetings, as in many business cultures around the world, punctuality is important.
- Korean business people keep a full schedule, so try not to arrive too early, or you may interrupt another meeting.
- In addition to your formal business meeting, be prepared to meet outside of the regular business hours for lunch or dinner.
- Make sure to bring more than enough business cards for everyone, as running out of business cards may be seen as disrespectful. Also, when accepting business cards, accept with two hands and visually inspect the card before putting it away.
Things to Do in Seoul
Seoul is a great place to visit and has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, culture, food and technology. If you have some spare time in between your business meeting, here are a few things to check out.
- T.um: is a look into the future. Run by Korea’s biggest telecom company, SK Telecom. T.um is a hi-tech museum and a look into what SK Telecom is developing. Entrance to T.um is free, but you’ll need to make a reservation at least a day in advanced, as admittance is limited. Nevertheless, if you enjoy technology and want to see what technology we’ll likely be using in the next 10 years, check out the T.um.
- Glam: is a club and one of the most popular nightlife spots in Seoul. This is a great place to go if you want to mingle, but not relax, as the club is always crowded.
- Bukchon Hanok Village: is a great place to take in the rich culture of Seoul. Bukchon is arguably, the most gorgeous historic district in Seoul and is a tourist favorite. It’s a great place to take pictures and enjoy the quaint little streetscapes of Bukchon.
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