Local Arrangements





Hotel Information

To make a hotel reservation, please complete the Hotel Registration Form (PDF, Word) and return it to the Symposium Secretariat by 15 March 2004. Reservation can be made via our web site www.noms2004.org. The hotel reservation will be made on a first- come, first served basis.


Hotel Deposit
One night deposit must be guaranteed by credit card in order to secure your reservation. The rest of the hotel fee shall be paid to the hotels directly upon checking out. As the room rate is fixed in Korean Won, the deposit in US$ will be converted into Korean Won on the basis of your remittance date, and the balance should be settled when you check out from your hotels. US $1 is approximately 1,200won() as of December 2003.


Cancellation and Charges

If you cancel your hotel reservation before April 9, 2004, there will be no penalty. However, if you cancel it after April 9, 2004, one night fee as a penalty will be charged to your credit card.


Hotel List and Rates



Hotel Name

Room Type

Room Rate


Main Hotel




Corner Suite


2 min. on foot

Sub Hotel

Lotte Hotel,

Twin / Double


15 min. by Taxi or Subway


Hotel Riviera

Twin / Double


10 min. by Taxi


IBIS Hotel

Twin / Double


10 min. on foot

 (The taxes are not included in the hotel room rates)


Internet Access

Coex Intercontinental

Lotte Hotel, Jamsil

Hotel Riviera & IBIS Hotel

24,959 (24hrs)

11,000(1 hr) / 19,800(24 hrs)

Included in the Room Rate



1. COEX Intercontinental Seoul

Address: # 159 Samseong-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-975, Korea

Tel: +82 2 3452 2500
Fax: +82 2 3430 8000

E-mail: coexseoul@interconti.com

Website: http://seoul-coex.intercontinental.com



COEX Inter Continental Seoul offers the latest in-room technology and state-of-the-art communication facilities and services. Ideally located in the heart of the business district on the south bank of the river, the hotel is part of the World Trade Center complex, and is linked to COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and City Air Terminal, which provides immigration service, luggage check-in service and transportation to the airport.


COEX Inter Continental Seoul offers 16 function rooms of varied sizes, allowing you the freedom to select the space that is perfect for your smaller meeting, large-scale conference, wedding, reception or social gathering. The hotel offers numerous choices for dining and entertainment, with a selection of world cuisine including Asian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, European and pan-Asian. The Fitness Club features a 25-meter indoor lap pool, sauna, jacuzzi, aerobics studio, massage service, and barber and beauty salon services. An indoor golf driving range and outdoor "Health Walk" course are also available.


General Information

Check-in: 3:00pm

Check-out: 12:00 noon.


Rooms are fitted with 220 volts at 60 cycles. Electric plug adapters and power transformers are available from Housekeeping.


Internet Access

All guest rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access. The Lobby Lounge on level 1 also offers wireless notebook computers with Internet access and Microsoft applications.


Getting Around


Taxi cabs in Seoul are safe and clean, and are available at taxi ranks or can be flagged down on the street. A convenient free interpretation service is provided by all taxis if you need to relay directions to the driver and do not speak Korean. There are two types of taxis: General and Deluxe. General taxis are usually grey or white with a basic fare of 1600, increasing by 100 according to time and distance, with an additional surcharge of 20% after midnight. Deluxe taxis are black with a basic fare of 4000, increasing by 200 according to time and distance. Deluxe taxis do not have an additional surcharge after midnight, and accept credit card payments.



Seoul's extensive subway system is functional, safe, clean and easy to find. Fares range between 600 and 1500 depending on zones, and trains run until midnight. Signs, maps and announcements are in Korean and English, and all subway stops connect with buses, taxis, major malls, and office complexes. Samsung subway station, on line number 2, is located within a ten-minute walk of the hotel.



2. Lotte World Hotel

   #40-1, Chamshil-Dong, Songpa-Ku, Seoul, Korea

Tel: +82 2 4197000           Fax: +82 2 4173655

Website: www.lottehotel.co.kr


The Lotte Hotel Seoul·Jamsil, a member hotel of SRS with 533 guest rooms offers a great variety of choices plus 10 restaurants and bars, 6 meeting rooms including an international convention center, Club Floor for businessmen, Duty-Free shop, sauna with a vast variety of amenities & facilities and with Lotte World Adventure, the world's biggest indoor theme park right next door, over-looking the beautiful Han River, the Lotte Hotel Seoul·Jamsil is an ideal resort style business hotel where guests can conduct their business and enjoy leisure and shopping all under one roof.


General Information

Check In Time - 12:00 Pm
Check Out Time - 12:00 Pm


Area Attractions

- Lotte World Adventure (Indoor Theme Park) 0.1 Mile / 0.2 Kilometers
- Han River Park 2 Miles / 4 Kilometers




3. Hotel Riviera

53-7 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

Tel: +82 2 541 3111 /Fax: +82 2 546 6111

Website: www.hotelriviera.co.kr

Number of Rooms: 181


The Hotel Riviera in Seoul is a luxury hotel located just two blocks from the sprawling Kangam business district. The guest rooms are either Western style or the heated-floor Korean "ondol" style. Guests can enjoy a nice view of the Han River from their accommodations. For dining, the hotel features an interesting variety of restaurants, offering everything from casual dining to international cuisine. There is also a pair of bars, as well as a lounge onsite. The Hotel Riviera has an outstanding fitness facility, as well. There are two saunas - one for the men and another for women, each of which offers to a Western-style spa. The fitness facility also houses a well-equipped gym and a large indoor lap pool.


Getting Around


   - Take exit No. 13 at Chung Dam Station on subway line 7 (5 minute walk)


   - No. 710, 65 (bus-stop: Samsung Station Exit No. 7)


General Information

Check In Time - 12:00 Pm
Check Out Time - 12:00 Pm


Area Attractions

- Itaewon 7 Miles / 12 Kilometers
- Sports Complex 1 Mile / 2 Kilometers
- Dondae-Mun Market 12 Miles / 20 Kilometers
- Namdae-Mun Market 12 Miles / 20 Kilometers
- Korea World Trade center 0.5 Miles / 0.8 Kilometers



4. IBIS Hotel

893-1, Daechi-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul 135-840, Korea
Tel: +82 2 3454 1101 Fax: +82 2 3454 1946
Email: ibis-seoul@ambatel.com
Website: www.ambatel.com/ibis


Ibis operates over 670 hotels in 36 countries, with a particularly strong presence in Europe. About one half of its hotels are located in city centres, as well as at strategic and tourist sites or close to airports. Every day, the Ibis hotel network makes it easier for you to travel, on business or for pleasure.


The newly opened IBIS Hotel Seoul is with comfortable facilities and service, the most competitive rate in the Seoul in the same category, easy access to COEX Complex & ASEM Tower.


Getting Around

   - No. 2, Samsung Station, Exit No. 4- Bound to POSCO Center or
     5 mins away from Sunneung Station Exit No. 1

   - No. 16, 212, 555-2, 56-2, 63, 63-1, 452


General Information

Check In Time - 12:00 Pm
Check Out Time - 12:00 Pm


Map of The Venue and Hotels



Social Events

Han River Dinner Cruise (Optional)

Date: Tuesday, 19:00~22:00, 20 April, 2004

Location: Han River Cruise (Transportation will be provided between COEX and Han River)

Cost: 60,000 Won (includes dinner)

You could taste spring wind on the boat and also can appreciate a beautiful view of Seoul at night, enjoying a sumptuous dinner buffet on the boat. You will get the memory of unforgettable night in Korea. Although the Han River Cruise will be an optional event, NOMS 2004 participants and their guests are strongly encouraged to participate in this fabulous Han River Cruise.



Transportation Information


Arrival Level and Bus Stops at Incheon International Airport

A. From Incheon International Airport to the Hotels

1) Limousine Bus


COEX Intercontinental

Lotte Hotel Seoul Jamsil

Hotel Riviera

IBIS Hotel


1) KAL Limousine Route No. 3
2) KCAT Limousine to KCAT*

1) KAL Limousine Route No. 4

1) KCAT Limousine to KCAT*
2) Local City Bus No. 606

1) KCAT Limousine to KCAT*


1) KAL Limousine 4B, 11A
2) KCAT Limousine 3B, 10B

4B, 11A

1) KCAT Limousine 3B, 10B
2) Local City Bus 5A, 11B

3B, 10B

KCAT Limousine Bus, KAL Limousine Bus or Local City Bus can be taken to go to COEX and designated hotels as shown above. Bus fare is KRW 12,000 for Limousine buses and KRW 7,000 for Local City Bus. KCAT Limousine runs from 05:30 to 22:30 in every 10-15 minutes and KAL Limousine runs from 05:40 to 22:35 in every 20-30 minutes and takes 80-90 minutes. For Local City Bus No. 606 bound for Hotel Riviera, it runs from 05:45 to 23:00 in every 10-15 minutes and takes 80-100 minutes but may take longer depending on the traffic.



KCAT Limousine Bus

KAL Limousine Bus

KCAT stands for Korea City Air Terminal. KCAT Limousine goes between Incheon International Airport and Korea City Air Terminal that is located near COEX Convention Center and is connected to the COEX Convention Center and it is just 5 minutes walk. From KCAT, it is recommended to take a taxi to reach Hotel Rivera. It takes 10 minutes and costs less than KRW 2,000. KAL Limousine stops at the front gate of COEX Intercontinental Hotel and Lotte Hotel Seoul Jamsil. Also, Local city bus No. 606 stops in front of the Hotel Riviera. From KCAT to IBIS Hotel, it is 10 minutes away on foot. It may take 5 minutes by taxi and costs less than KRW 2,000.


2) Taxi

From Incheon International Airport to the Hotels, the Fare is as follows.

Regular Taxi - approx. KRW 60,000 / Deluxe Taxi - approx. KRW 100,000


B. From the Hotels to Incheon International Airport

You may use the same transportation methods to get back to the Airport from your hotel.

KAL Limousine to the Incheon International Airport from COEX Intercontinental Hotel runs from 06:15 to 18:45 and from Lotte Hotel Seoul Jamsil, it runs from 05:40 to 18:40 in every 30 minutes.

KCAT Limousine runs from 05:20 to 20:00 in every 10-15 minutes and both takes about 80-90 minutes but may take longer depending on the traffic. Local City Bus No. 606 runs from 04:30 to 21:00 in every 10-15 minutes.


C. From the Hotels to COEX Convention Center


Distance from COEX


Nearest Subway from Hotel

COEX Intercontinental Hotel

Next door

Walking Distance

- Line No. 2, Samsung Station

Lotte Hotel Seoul Jamsil

15 min. by Taxi

Subway or Taxi

- Line No. 2, Jamsil Station

Hotel Riviera

10 min. by Taxi



IBIS Hotel

10 min. on foot

Walking Distance




Tour Information

All registered participants and their guests are warmly welcome to participate in the specially prepared tours for NOMS 2004. Seoul and its vicinities offer visitors a vast array of sightseeing opportunities and cultural activities. A 24-hour cancellation policy applies to local tours. All prices are listed in Korean Won(\). All tours require minimum 10 persons for operation. Full day tour includes Lunch. Tour will start in front of COEX Convention Center NOMS 2004 tour information desk and an English Speaking Guide will be provided.


For more information about Korea, please visit

http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/index.html & http://www.seoulcitytourbus.com


[OP-1] Back to Ancient Korea

Date: Monday, 09:00 ~ 18:00, April 19, 2004

Course: Korean folk Village - Suwon Hwaseong

Cost: 90,000 Won

Korean Folk Village is a living museum that recreates the lifestyle of several centuries ago. There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths, and other artisans who practice their trades in traditional fashion. There are also 240 traditional houses and a small amphitheater for folk music and dance performance.

Suwon Hwaseong is on UNESCOs list of World Cultural Heritage in 1997 and embraces the downtown area of Suwon. It is well preserved architecture of the Joseon Dynasty built of stone and oven-baked bricks over two years from 1794 during the reign of King Jeongjo



[OP-2] Get a peep of Noble family life

Date: Friday, 09:00 ~ 18:00, April 23, 2004

Course:Hanok village- Insadong - Jogyesa temple - Changduk palace

Cost: 72,000 Won

Namsan Hanok Village - This beautiful village, covering a site of 7,934 square meters, is composed of three parts: a traditional Korean Garden, Time Capsule Plaza, and the village itself including five traditional Korean houses or hanok from the Joseon Dynasty.

Insadong - Frequented by local and foreign visitors all year round, it is the most renowned area for fans of Korean antiques and fine arts.

Jogyesa Temple - Unlike most Buddhist temples in Korea where are nestled in the mountains, this one is located city center. A grand lotus lantern parade takes place along the Jongno Street from Dongdaemun Stadium to Jogyesa temple some evening before Buddhas birthday, which falls on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month.

Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon - Used as main palace by many Joseon kings and has been the best preserved among the five royal Joseon palaces. It is best known for its beautiful garden for the royal family, Biwon(Secret Garden)with its superb landscape with pavilions, ponds, and wooded areas.



[OP-3] Gyeongju - Great heritage of ancient Korea

Date: April 24~25, 2004 (2 days)

Course: National Gyeongju Museum-Tumuli Park - Bulguksa - Seokguram Grotto

Cost: 300,000 Won

Gyeongju National Museum - a place of compelling interest, preserves much of the Silla heritage, including magnificent gold crowns, pottery, Buddhist artifacts, and stone sculptures. The museum also houses the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok the Great, also referred to as the legendary Emille Bell, one of Asias largest and most resonant bells:nineteen tons of bronze standing eleven feet high.

Tumuli Park - a collection of royal Silla tombs from the Pre-Unification Era, is in the middle of Gyeongju. The park contains 20 of the more than 200 royal tombs to be found in Gyeongju. The Cheonmachong was excavated in 1974 and yielded more than 10,000 treasures. These treasures, including a golden crown and a girdle, are in the Gyeongju National Museum. The tomb itself is open for viewing, providing visitors with an opportunity to see how the huge tombs were constructed. Visitors to this area should be sure to take the time for a peaceful stroll in this serene park.

Bulguksa - is one of Korea's best known temples, a testimony to both the skill of Silla architects and the depth of Buddhist faith at the time. While most of the wooden buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries, all the stone bridges, stairways and pagodas are original. The temple, originally built in A.D 535, was enlarged in A.D.752.

Seokguram Grotto - is one of the worlds finest Buddha shrines, dating back to the same period as Bulguksa Temple. Surrounded by Bodhisattvas and guardian deities, the serene central statue of Buddha gazes out over the forested hills and across the East Sea to the horizon. The carving of the granite dome of Seokuram was a truly amazing architectural feat. In 1995, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were added to UNESCOs prestigious World Cultural Heritage list.



General Information

Symposium Dates

Monday, 19 - Friday, 23 April, 2004



COEX Convention Center, Seoul, Korea 



English is the official language and all printed materials will be published in English.


About Korea

- Korea

The Land of the Morning Calm
Korea is, indeed, A different Asia with its own language, letters, customs and unique culture whose people are noted for their generosity, friendliness and warmth. It is populated with 45 million people which has rebuilt itself from the devastation of Korea war achieving economic miracle in just 50 years. The Korea today is a fascinating place whose 5,000 year-old culture and history blend harmoniously with its modern atmosphere.


- Seoul

Seoul is both the capital and the heart of the Republic of Korea, containing about 11 million citizens. It is the political, financial, cultural and recreational center of Korea. This 600 years old ancient capital of Yi Dynasty is a fascinating blend of the traditional and the modern. Among towering skyscrapers in downtown stand old palaces and cultural monuments. Since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Seoul has continued to modernize like major cities in western countries while preserving the architectural relics with ancestral shrines. This harmony adds to the color and charm of modern Seoul as a cosmopolitan city. FIFA World Cup soccer game held jointly with Japan in 2002 has made Seoul more attractive to foreign tourists.


- Weather

The Republic of Korea is located in middle latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere and the Temperate Zone with four distinct seasons. Geographically, it lies on the east coast of the Eurasian Continent adjacent to the West Pacific. It is mild and serene during spring and the average temperature of Seoul in April is 12.1 C (approx. 53.8 F).


- Passport and VISA

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. But people of 99 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements, or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest. Please refer to the following website;


And contact the Republic of Korean Embassy or Consulate General in your country to receive further information on visa regulations.


- Currency & Credit Cards

The unit of Korean currency is the Won (Indicated as ). Coin denominations are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 however, 1 and 5 are not commonly used anymore. Bank notes are 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000. Foreign bank notes and travelers check can be converted into Korean Won at most banks and other authorized money exchangers. The exchange rate is subject to fluctuation, but US$1 was equivalent to approximately 1,200 as of December 2003. International credit cards, such as Visa, Master Cards, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB are widely accepted at the major hotels, department stores and restaurants. You may be requested to show your passport. Japanese Yen or American Dollars are available at most banks in Seoul.


- Business Hours

Government offices are open between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00. On Saturdays, they open at 09:00 and close at 13:00. Most private businesses open at anywhere from 08:30 to 10:00 and close at 18:00. Banks are a major exception. Their business hours are from 09:30 to 16:30 on weekdays only. Foreign diplomatic missions in Seoul generally maintain strict business hours including lunch. They are usually open from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Major department stores are open from 10:30 to 19:30, including Sundays, but smaller shops tend to be open earlier and close later every day of the week.


- Insurance

The Organizing Committee does not accept any responsibility for individual travel, personal and medical insurance. Participants are advised to have their own personal insurance policies.


- Electricity

In Korea, outlets for 220 volts are dominant. Always check the power supply before using your equipment.


- Tipping

Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom however, a 10% service charge will be added to your bill at all tourist hotels.


- Time Difference

In relation to Greenwich Mean Time, Korea is +09 hours.



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