Seoul's unique venuesBy Steven Knipp
28 Sep 2015
As soon they enter the compound of enchanting Korea House, located in Seoul’s charming Myeongdong district—guests feel as if they have stepped back through a kink in the fabric of time, into the Korea of long ago.
Designed by noted architect Lee Jongho, Korea House offers a range of traditional Korean cultural experiences for visitors, but is also available for corporate meetings, seminars, banquets and exhibitions. Within the Korea House complex is the Chwiseongwan—a separate and wonderfully vivid venue for banquets and other special cultural events, a blend of the very traditional and the decidedly modern. Over the past three decades Korea House has hosted more than 1.6 million guests.
Meeting facilities include the 1,270 sqm Main Hall, which can host 100 people standing or 56 seated, as well as eight other rooms that can seat from 14 to 80 guests. Then there is the charming outdoor garden which is lovely in the spring or autumn months, and can comfortably accommodate 120 seated, or 200 standing.
Located within five kilometres of Hotel Shilla, Grand Hyatt Seoul and the Hilton and Lotte Hotels—Top Cloud sits atop a 33-storey office tower in the very heart of modern Seoul. It offers sweeping vistas of the city thanks to its striking floor-to -ceiling windows. Among the brands it has hosted are product launches for Sony and Yahoo, and conferences for the Canadian Tourism Commission. Its facilities include a 110 sqm dining room that seats 150, as well as a private dining room seating 20. And for smaller groups, there is an elegant grill room with stylish bar.
Renowned for its traditional Korean scenery and gentle atmosphere, the Samwon Garden restaurant can host up to 1,200 guests. One of the largest restaurants in South Korea, and noted in the Michelin Guide for its superb Korean-style beef, Samwon has been in business since the mid-1970s and has hosted hundreds of special events, including conferences for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and has held special gala dinners for both the Asia Games and Olympic athletes. It features five private function rooms, ranging in size from 90 sqm to 300 sqm with seating for up to 132 guests.
Capable of hosting up to 300 guests, this attractive yacht club on the southern shore of Seoul’s tranquil Han River is located in an easily accessible area in Yeouido, close to the Conrad Seoul Hotel. It is set inside a striking four-storey building that boasts a state-of-the-art convention hall that can host 200 people standing or 140 seated. It also features two banquet halls, each seating about 80 people— plus a classic Italian restaurant called Cafe Breeze. The clubhouse is frequently the site of a wide range of business events, including promotions, festivals and meetings; it has hosted such major brands as Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Bosch and Nokia.
Located in the most stylish part of Seoul’s trendy Gangnam district, Luka 511 was used as a set location for the popular television drama My Love from the Star, and is an ideal location for groups that enjoy excellent food and star treatment. In summer and autumn, leisurely brunches are lovely in the garden (seats 120) or on the airy terrace. While the main ballroom can host 100, and two smaller function rooms can host 30 and 26, respectively.
Pictured: Korea House's famous drum dancers