Conrad Seoul - 10 Gukjegeumyung-ro (Yeouido), Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, 073326, South Korea, Tel: +82-2-6137-7000
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For the Conrad Hotel and the Kensington Hotel:
For the Best Western Hotel:
Get off at Yeouido station of lines 5 or line 9, Exit 3
The hotel offers limousine service to/from the Incheon and Gimpo airports. Request this service by emailing ConradSeoul_Concierge@hilton.com. Please note that an extra charge applies. According to the Conrad, the charge of KRW 135,000 ($120 USD).
Takes about the same amount of time as the bus, costs between KRW 60,000 and KRW 75,000
IETF 97 Hackathon November 12 and 13, 2016 - sponsored by Huawei DeveloperZone and infrastructure support by Cisco DevNet
The official language of South Korea is Korean.
The Conrad Seoul has a complimentary 24 hour fitness center. The 25m indoor swimming pool is open 6am-10pm.
There are ATMs and Currency conversion banks in the Arrivals hall of Incheon International Airport.
Information on using ATMs and CDs (Cash Dispenser machines). ATMs seem to be for local bank use, while the CDs seem to be useful for foreign travelers.
T-Mobile Customers who have qualifying plan should be able to use their own phone in Seoul with no extra charges for International Data and Texting. Phone service is an extra charge.
AT&T Customers can add the AT&T Passport International Travel Package to their existing plan for a single monthly charge, or a recurring monthly charge.
Tipping & Etiquette
Tipping is not required nor expected in Korea. But most major hotels add a compulsory 10% service charge to bills. This is on top of the 10% VAT (which is usually included in prices at most stores in Korea, but not in some high-end restaurants). Taxi drivers will appreciate it if you tell them to “keep the change” (or jandon gajiseyo in Korean), but this is not expected and they will have trouble understanding if you want to give them anything more than change (like “keep 1,500 won and return only 2,000 won to me”.)
You can barter in the open markets for lower prices, but make sure you do so politely. Of course, bargaining is becoming a rare sport as most stores now have fixed prices.
Things that may not be obvious to the visitor!
Here are some customs that you may wish to follow, or at least be aware of!
In a “sitting on the floor” restaurant, you take off your shoes before climbing up on the wooden floor area. If you need to use the bathroom, you should use the sandals provided on the floor where you came in, not your own shoes. And certainly not your socks or bare feet!
If you sit at table with Koreans -certainly older ones,anyway,- do not pour yourself a beer (or whatever). To do so is an insult to your fellows. Instead, if your glass is getting empty, say to your Korean neighbour “may I pour you a drink”. This is a hint!
And to accept the drink, hold your glass in two hands (for maximum graciousness!) Alternatively, if the person offering you a drink is too far for the use of two hands to hold your glass, hold the glass with one hand and the place your other hand somewhere on the arm holding your glass. The two handed jesture is very important when interacting with people that are elder or those you need to show respect to. The safe bet is to use both hands to hand them anything. You will notice that when you pay with a credit card, the cashier will always return your card with both hands, regardless of their age because you are their customer.
Bowing is also a sign of respect, don't be shy about bowing. Bow when you meet someone and bow when you are leaving. Bowing can be almost just a nod of the head to those that are your contemporaries to a deep bow for elders.
The IFC Mall adjacent to the Conrad Seoul has a grocery “Olive Market” IFC level 3.
There are a number of coffee shops in walking distance of the IETF 97 meeting venue.
The IFC Mall adjacent to the Conrad Seoul has a Starbucks, a Caffe Bene, and at least two Coffee Bean outlets. There is also Ogada, Korean Healthy Tea Cafe on street level.
For good espresso, 2 stops from the hotel, there is Fritz.
Besides the park near the Conrad hotel (Yeouido park), there are two nice places to walk: one is the Hangang park near the river Han, on your right when you get out of the Conrad hotel, 200 m.
The other is the “ecological pathway” that runs all around the Yeouido neighbourood (a few kilometers). You can go to the above Hangang park and then follow the river left or right, you will end in this pathway. Then, you can make the complete circle, or leave when the ecological pathway meets again the Yeouido park. Very nice pathway, with ponds, swamps, birds, etc. A bit noisy because of the nearby motorways (we are in the city).