• ABOUT JEJU
The Global KMS 2008 will be held at Jeju International Convention Center (ICC Jeju). It takes about 50 minutes to get there by car from the airport, and it is just adjacent to the seashore southward. ICC Jeju is located within the jungmun Tourist Complex, with the cobalt-blue Northern Pacific stretching to the south and towering Mt,Hallasan commanding the notrh. Spreading over an area of more than 5,000㎡, the world-class convention center occupies 7 stories aboveground. Artfully merging the blessed tourist resources around it with the functionality of a convention facility, this resort-style convention center is fully equipped for international meetings of any scale, and provides professional-grade logistic support for event-hosting.
Korea, traditionally known as the Land of the Morning Calm, is today a modern, bustling hub of East Asia. It is a peninsula jutting off of China, and Japan is only two hours away. Despite this close physical proximity to the neighboring countries, Korea has a distinctive culture of its own, which has developed during its 5,000 years of history. Visitors can expect to meet a lively population with its own language, writing system, architecture, cuisine, and many other manifestations of a unique cultural heritage.
The capital of Korea is Seoul. Seoul has been the capital city of Korea since 1392. This city is the heart of the Republic of Korea, home to 10 million of the nation's 48 million people. Seoul is located in the central region of the Korean Peninsula. Seoul is the center of finance, politics, commerce, recreation, education and culture, and is home to major corporations, banks, government offices, schools, theaters, and entertainment facilities. The wide and beautiful Han river (Hangang) flows through Seoul and serves as a lifeline for the heavily concentrated population.
Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is characterized by four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are rather short, summer is hot and humid, and winter is cold and dry with abundant snowfall. Temperatures differ widely from region to region within Korea, with the average being between 6℃(43℉) and 16℃(61℉). The average temperature in August, the hottest period of the year, ranges from 19℃(66℉) to 27℃(81℉).
Hangeul was invented in 1443, during the reign of King Sejong. It is composed of 10 vowels and 14 consonants. Hangeul has 11 compound vowels, 5 glottal sounds. The chart below represents the 24 Hangeul letters and their romanized equivalents. 'The Hunminjeongeum,' a historical document which provides instructions to educate people using Hangeul, is registered with UNESCO. UNESCO awards a 'King Sejong Literacy Prize, ' every year in memory of the inventor of Hangeul.
Passport and Visa
All visitors to the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and visa. Visitors with roundtrip tickets from countries who have a special agreement with Korea may be exempt from the visa requirement, and can stay in Korea visa-free for periods up to 30 days, or 90 days, depending on the type of agreement between two countries. When uncertain as to the requirement for entry visa to Korea , please contact the Korean embassy or a consulate as early as possible. If you are in need of an individual invitation to the Global KMS 2008, please contact to the secretariat. However, this invitation implies no obligation for visa. For more information, please visit the website of Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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