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Hwabaek International Convention Center, or HICO, is an exhibition and convention center located in Bomun Tourist Complex in Gyeongju.

The name comes from “hwabaek,” the Korean ancient system of joint sessions in the Silla Kingdom. As an official organization consisting of a panel of judges, Hwabaek made it a rule that a consensus can be reached only with unanimous agreement. It is also a culture of convention that showed the intrinsic nature of an assembly where participants gathered to discuss, share, and communicate in order to obtain the best result. Carrying the age-old spirit of communication, HICO today offers a modern and sophisticated system of exhibitions and conventions befitting contemporary needs.

overview

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Outline

Capacity

Nearby Hotels

Location

- Site: 42,774 m²

- Total Area: 31,336 m²

- Facilities: 13 Meeting Rooms, 2 Exhibition Halls

                 Meeting Room: Convention Hall (3,421m²), 12 Meeting Rooms

                 Exhibition Hall: Indoor Exhibition Hall (2,273m²), Exhibition Square (4,000m²)

- Ancillary Facilities: Restaurant, Catering Kitchen, Business Center, Commercial Facilities

- Parking Facility: Simultaneous Parking for 520 Vehicles (402 cars aboveground & 118 cars underground)

- Convention Hall (Largest Room): Auditorium (3,500 persons), Lecture Hall (1,800 persons), Banquet Hall (1,600 persons)

- Indoor Exhibition Hall: 115 Booths (standard size, 3m×3m)

- Total: 21 Hotels, 4,245 Rooms

- Within 3 km Distance: 14 Hotels, 2,518 Rooms

- 3km~10km: 5 Hotels, 1,531 Rooms

- 10km~30km: 2 Hotels, 196 Rooms

In Gyeongju Bomun Tourist Complex

- From Singyeongju Station: 20 km, 30 minutes

- From Gyeongju Station: 9 km, 15 minutes

- Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal: 10 km, 17 minutes

- Gyeongju IC: 13 km, 20 minutes

- Gimhae International Airport: 90 km, 90 minutes

- Ulsan Airport: 30 km, 60 minutes

- Pohang Airport: 30 km, 60 minutes

video clip on gyeongju and hico

* Filmed and edited by Changsoon PARK (Korea Gas Union)

For more information, please visit the official website of HICO