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Overview

Coex Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul is Korea’s venue of choice. Established in 1979, Coex provides more than 30 years of experience and know-how in the local MICE industry. The center is conveniently located in the heart of Gangnam, Seoul’s business district, and hosts a yearly average of 200 exhibitions and over 2,000 separate meetings and events. Coex’s meetings facilities consist of 4 main exhibition halls and 55 dividable meeting rooms. On-site facilities include three 5-star hotels, One of Asia’s largest underground shopping mall, four international office towers, aquarium, and a city airport terminal. Coex’s infrastructure ensures that all your needs - be they business, entertainment, shopping, or culture - are met right here under one roof.

FACTS

  • Total Area(m²): 106,612
  • Total No. of Meeting Rooms: 55
  • Total Exhibition Space(m²): 36,007
  • Year of Establishment: 1979
  • Distance from Incheon Int’l Airport: 60min. / 64.75km
  • Servicing Subway Stations: Line #2 Samseong Station, Line #9 Bongeunsa Station

Meeting Rooms

One of Coex’s great strengths lies in the abundance and flexibility of its meeting rooms. Coex’s 55 rooms can be divided into over 90 different spaces to accommodate meetings of any size.

North Wing

① Grand Ballroom
The Grand Ballroom is a 1,817m² pillar-free space that can be divided into five sections. It is ideal for conference breakout sessions and combined conference/exhibition events.
② Conference Room North
Remodeled in 2018, Conference Room North features asymmetrical meetings rooms on both sides of rooms 201–203 (ASEM Ballroom) in the center. Rooms 201–203 holds a combined theater-style seating capacity for over 900 and has been renamed as the ASEM Ballroom in commemoration of the 3rd ASEM Summit which was hosted here in 2000. The facilities are well-suited for large-scale events, especially when used in accompaniment with the Grand Ballroom on the first floor. The eight small to medium-sized meeting rooms flanking rooms 201-203 can be used not only for seminars and conferences but also as executive offices and waiting rooms.
③ Auditorium
The sweeping 1,080-seat Auditorium is furnished with a superb acoustics and a built-in translation system, making it ideal for international conferences. The 998m² lobby’s glass wall faces the historic Bongeunsa Temple across the street.

South Wing

④ Conference Room E
Hall E is a 1,559m² multipurpose space that divides into 8 sections. The modern, carpeted hall can host exhibitions, conferences, or banquets.
⑤ Conference Room South 3F
Specifically designed for smaller meetings and seminars, Conference Room South on the third floor offers a lot of flexibility. In total, there are 29 rooms that can be divided into 50 smaller rooms. Five larger rooms(seating capacity of 300) and 23 medium and small-sized rooms allow for various combinations within close proximity to each other. Conference Room South is located adjacent to Coex’s specialized exhibition halls, Hall A and Hall C. It is therefore an ideal place to hold exhibition- related seminars. The 207 m² conference spaces come equipped with translation booths while the smaller 54 m² rooms all have fully automated screens.
⑥ Conference Room South 4F
Located on the fourth floor of Coex, Conference Room South(Room 401) is a theater-style conference room that seats 441. Two adjacent mid to large sized conference rooms are perfect for other related banquets, seminars, or workshops. Tiered seating in Room 401 allows for excellent visibility and audience participation in a more intimate arrangement. Conference Room South on the fourth floor is often used for anniversaries and annual events connected to government agencies, associations, and other groups. Fixed screens, lightings, and high-end A/V systems facilitate the production of any necessary effects for musicals or other live performances. Wood veneer gives all three rooms a warm, relaxed atmosphere. The lobby draws in natural sunlight, making it the ideal place for coffee breaks, receptions, or registration areas.

Exhibition Halls

Coex’s four exhibition halls are the most popular venues for trade shows in Korea. Each hall connects directly to spacious loading docks, and is equipped with expansive utility trenches. Halls A and B on the first floor connect via swing space, as do halls C and D on the third floor.

① Hall A
Hall A is a 10,368m² space. Its size and location next to the Starfield Coex Mall entrance makes it the center’s most popular exhibition facility.
② Hall B
This 8,010 m² hall near the North Wing can be divided into two spaces. Its white LED lighting renovation makes it ideal for art exhibitions.
③ Hall C
Hall C is a 10,348m² space with a large pillar-free middle section. Hall C can be partitioned, giving it an edge in attracting specialized exhibitions and large-scale meetings.
④ Hall D
Hall D is a completely pillar-free 7,281m² plenary hall that can hold 7,000 guests. Its honey-colored wooden interior makes it excellent for both convention sessions or exhibitions.

Future-Focused Company

Coex has remained Korea’s top convention center for decades by constantly evolving as the most innovative company of its kind. Below are some of Coex’s most recent campaigns.

① Green Coex
Coex is proud to be known as an environmental innovator and pioneer in Korea’s commercialized green technology sector. The center has been extensively renovated in recent years to build on its green philosophy. Coex uses energy-efficient technology throughout the complex, including a water recycling system, ventilation upgrades, and center-wide LED lighting. Coex is also a testing ground for new technologies, including photovoltaic street lighting, hydrogen batteries, and wind generators.

Coex has been benchmarked at a 37% higher energy efficiency than Best Practices by Earthcheck, the world’s leading travel industry sustainability measurement program. The center is also Korea’s top consultant on energy management, and has sold its Building Energy Management System services to multiple complexes around the country.
② IT Innovation
Taking advantage of Korea’s affordable high-speed internet infrastructure, Coex offers free, on-site WiFi to all visitors. High-speed WiFi and wired internet packages are also available to event organizers with large numbers of guests. The application’s schedule function also updates daily with convention, exhibition, and performance information

World Trade Center Seoul

Coex is the physical heart and the managing body of the 12-building complex known as World Trade Center Seoul, or WTCS. WTCS was established in 1988, and occupies 190,386m² of space in Seoul’s Gangnam business district, Gangnam. WTCS supports international business with more than the essentials. From hosting international conferences and exhibitions, to providing accommodations, shopping, dining, and entertainment, visitors can find everything they need here in one spot.

① Starfield Coex Mall
Starfield Coex Mall is Asia’s largest underground mall, with nearly 300 stores and restaurants in total. It is also one of Seoul’s most popular shopping and tourism spots, and welcomes nearly 150,000 visitors each day. Popular stops at the mall include:
- Megabox, Seoul’s highest-grossing cinema
- Coex Aquarium, home to 40,000 sea creatures
- Starfield Library, a picturesque 2,800 square meter open library housing 50,000 books and titles open to the public
② City Air Terminal
The Seoul’s only City Air Terminal is conveniently located at Coex, allowing visitors to take limousine buses or taxis directly to the airport from the center. Passengers on certain airlines can also check-in for their return flight, send off their bags, and receive their ticket on site.
③ Hotels
Coex has three five-star hotels on-site: the Intercontinental Seoul Coex, Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas, and Oakwood Premiere. In total, there are 1,442 rooms at Coex. Each hotel offers luxury services and the convenience of being directly connected to the Coex Center.
④ International Offices
WTCS houses four international office towers: Parnas Tower, ASEM Tower, Trade Tower, and City Air Tower. The towers hold a wealth of multinational firms and international trade associations, as well as additional meeting spaces.
⑤ Casino
The high-end Seven Luck Casino is located near the Oakwood Premiere. Come try your luck during your stay!
⑥ SMTown@Coex Artium
In 2014, one of Korea’s top music agencies, SM Entertainment, launched the very first ‘SM Town’ within the CoexArtium theater building. SM Town offers K-Pop fans from around the world an exclusive peek into the lives of famous Korean music artists and celebrities. Its musical theater has 808 seats and shows star-studded Korean musicals as well as international performances.

Meeting Rooms

Name of Room Location Features Capacity (Type*)
Grand Ballroom 1F Divides into 5 sections 1,800 (TH)
Auditorium 3F Tiered theater 1,080
Conference Room E 3F Divides into 6 sections 1,560 (TH)
Conference Room North ASEM Ballroom 2F Divides into 3 sections 900 (TH)
Conference Room North: 204, 208 2F - 10 (CL)
Conference Room North: 205, 209 2F Divides into 2 sections 160 (TH)
Conference Room North: 207, 211 2F - 30 (TH)
Conference Room North: 206, 210 2F Divides into 2 sections 55 (TH)
Conference Room South 300 3F - 200 (TH)
Conference Room South 301 3F Divides into 2 sections 200 (TH)
Conference Room South: Corner 3F 11 Rooms of this type available 36 (TH)
Conference Room South: Medium 3F 10 Rooms of this type available 40 (TH)
Conference Room South: Large 3F 5 Rooms of this type available 300 (TH)
Conference Room South 328 3F - 100 (TH)
Conference Room South 401 4F Tiered Theater 441
Conference Room South 402 4F - 300 (TH)
Conference Room South 403 4F - 140 (TH)

Exhibition Halls

Name of Hall Location Size (m²) Capacity (Booth) Capacity (Theater)
Hall A 1F 10,368 520 -
Hall B 1F 8,010 360 -
Hall C 3F 10,348 520 5,000
Hall D 3F 7,281 340 7,000

Major Events

[2010]

  • G-20 Seoul Summit 2010
  • 23rd International Union of Forest Research Organizations
  • 7th World Stroke Congress
  • SIGGRAPH Asia 2010
  • 4th Global Conference for the Alliance of Healthy Cities
  • Business For the Environment Summit 2010
  • The 2nd UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education

[2011]

  • 22nd World Congress of Dermatology
  • 4th World Summit of the International Association of Prosecutors
  • 60th CIDESCO World Conference
  • EU Gateway Program

[2012]

  • Nuclear Security Summit 2012
  • IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems 2012
  • The 16th Int'l Congress of Oriental Medicine
  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property 2012
  • International Federation of Consulting Engineers 2012

[2013]

  • 20th IFOS World Congress
  • 3rd World Congress of Thoracic Imaging
  • 24th Congress of international Association of Pediatric Dentistry
  • 20th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • 15th World Congress of Neurological Surgery

[2014]

  • Int'l Congress of Mathematicians 2014
  • World Molecular Imaging Congress 2014
  • The 33rd Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion
  • World Wide Web 2014
  • International of Hepato-Biliary -Pancreatic Surgery
  • International Air Cargo Forum & Exposition 2014

[2015]

  • World Allergy Congress (4,000 pax)

[2016]

  • 94th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association of Dental Research (12,000 pax)

[2017]

  • UIA World Congress of Architects and General Assembly (6,000 pax)

[2018]

  • The 24th Int’l Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seoul Congress (6,000 pax)