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World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council
"Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society"
20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea
As of August 1st it is not possible to book any sightseeing tours.
You may book tours On-site upon availability at the tour desk in the registration area on the 3rd floor of the COEX.
General Information and Cancellation Policy
Comfortable shoes and light wet weather clothing are recommended. All tours are designed to provide a memorable and comfortable visit. All participants and accompanying persons will be required to present their badge and a ticket at the start of the tour.
Early booking is recommended as these special tours could be fully booked at the time of the congress. Please indicate the tours of your choice on the registration form to be accompanied by the correct full payment. It will be endeavored to book you on the tour of your choice, however, should the tour be full, the right is reserved to book you on a tour of similar interest.
Notification of cancellation of your reservations for tours must be submitted before 1 July, 2006 in writing to the Congress Secretariat, Congrex Holland BV. After 1 July, 2006 no refunds can be made if you cancel your reservation.
All congress tours will depart from and return to COEX.
Please note: You need to gather 15 minutes before the tour starts at the COEX Main Desk on the 1st Floor.
All tours include professional guides, admission, hotel room if applicable and transportation. Transport is not included for the pre- and post tours to reach and leave China.
All information regarding the tours is correct at the time of going to print. Behind the name of the tour, the minimum number of persons required is mentioned. The organizers reserve the right to cancel a tour when the minimum has not been reached. Full refunds will then be made to participants after the congress.
Half day tours
SEOUL - The Best of Morning (15)
Date: 21, 23, 25 and 26 August
Visit Gyeongbok palace with its magnificent gates and graceful architecture of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), folklore museum and South Gate market place. An hour spent at an excellent facility of folklore museum will familiarize the visitors with cultural wealth of this friendly and picturesque nation. Visit crowded South Gate market selling foods, fruits and fishes on the roadsides, which is the highlight part of this bustling market.
SEOUL - The Best of Afternoon (15)
Date: 22 and 25 August
The tour begins with passing by the Blue House, the Korea's presidential residence. Insa-dong is the centre of the art and antiques world in Seoul. Clustered along its sides and along the alleys leading off it are numerous shops dealing in antiques, oriental artist supplies, and modern Korean art of all types and styles, and there are also several galleries at which works of modern artists are exhibited. And then Jogyesa Temple (Headquarter of Korean Buddhism) in downtown. Visitors will explore Changdeokgung Palace, a beautiful palace of the Joseon Dynasty with a secret garden. It contains a multitude of traditional gardens and wooden pavilions, ponds, splendidly patterned walls, and many other beautiful structures all perfectly balanced in natural settings designated as a world heritage by UNESCO.
Traditional Korean House Tour (15)
Date: 24, 25 and 26 August
Namsan Hanok Village is comprised of several units of Hanok (traditional Korean house) where you can appreciate the household establishments as well as traditional style of residences of the Joseon Dynasty's Yangban (upper-class society). Seoul Tower offers a panoramic view of the sprawling Seoul area.
Aquarium and Han River Cruise Tour (15)
Date: 22 and 25 August
COEX-Aquarium shows more than 30,000 fish of 500 species and dozens of sharks. You will experience thrills and excitement as you pass through the 72m long under-sea tunnel. The next stop is Bongeun Temple, which was built in 794 during the reign of the Silla Kingdom. After Bongeun Temple, guests will go on a Han River cruise. The Han River runs through the heart of the Korean peninsula. On its way through Seoul, bisecting the capital, it passes by many scenic attractions along its banks.
Yongin Korean Folk Village (15)
Date: 21 and 26 August
Located 30 km south of Seoul is the open air living museum which recreates the life-style of several centuries ago. Korean Folk Village, peopled by real artisans and craftsmen dressed in traditional Korean costumes, is a functioning community displaying how things really were. It is the place where artists and artisans ply their trades. Here we can see numerous workshops doing jobs as their ancestors did; pottery and kiln, blacksmith, mulberry paper manufacturing, brassware workshops, embroidery, calligraphy and even fortune telling. The farmer's dance and music, which has been the beloved form of entertainment of Korean people, bearing testimony to the gregarious character of Korean fun-making and festivity, is performed daily.
Full Day City Tour
DMZ & 3rd Tunnel (30)
Date: 23 and 25 August
Only 44 kilometers, or less than one and half hour's drive from Seoul, the 3rd tunnel was discovered in October 1978. It runs through bedrock at a depth of about 73 meters below ground and is capable of moving a full division per hour, plus their weapons. It is evidently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul. This is a very special tour destination in Korea, which offers a vivid eye-opening experience of the Korean War and the tragedy that occurred.
SEOUL- The Best of Morning & Afternoon (15)
Date: 22, 25 and 26 August
Used as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and the best preserved among the five royal palaces. "Secret garden" is the best known for its beautiful landscape with pavilions, ponds and wooded areas.
The Best of Morning & Folk Village (15)
Date: 25 and 26 August
Morning City Tour will take you to the Gyeongbok Palace, the main imperial residence of Joseon Dynasty for 600 years, and then to the National Folk Museum which preserves and exhibits the legacies of Korean culture and history. The South Gate Open Market gives visitors the taste of local market and Seoulites' busy daily life. Lunch at local restaurant. Then transfer to the Korean Folk Village. Located 30 km south of Seoul is the open air living museum which recreates the life-style of several centuries ago.
Ganghwa Island Historic Site (15)
Date: 25 and 26 August
Ganghwa island, located 40 km west of Seoul, has historically been the focus of many foreign attacks on the Korean peninsula. Here several battles were fought at the time in the late nineteenth century when Korea vainly sought to maintain her status as a "Hermit Kingdom" closed to outsiders. The ancient spectrum of Korean history, from the era of legendary Tangun to the opening of Korea, can be observed and studied on this island. In the southern region is the island's highest peak Manisan at the summit of which is an altar which Tangun first established for worship in 2333 B C. A short distance from Ganghwa city lies prehistoric Dolmen. Jeondengsa temple which was built during the early Kokuryo period (BC 37-AD 668) is one of the attractions of the island.
Ichon Pottery & Buddhist Site (15)
Date: 25 and 26 August
Located within a one-and half hour drive of Seoul, the Ichon Pottery Village was an important place for the manufacture of Joseon white porcelain and today is a fine example of the Korean ceramic culture that has brilliantly flourished since about a thousand years ago. At this village, about 80 ceramic workshops are in close proximity, so visitors can not only see pottery being made, but they can try to make their own pottery on-site helped by artists. Silluksa Temple overlooking the South Han River beautifully captures the Buddhist tradition. Moga Buddhist Museum exhibits many Buddhist treasures.
Sauna & Massage (15)
Date: 21 and 24 August
Like a sauna in Finland, you can enjoy a sauna of Korean style in a stone dome heated by pine wood, which is the Korean traditional beauty and health therapy with a history of 600 years. And you will be served with a body scrub and massage after dipping yourself in a ginseng pool, and clay bath. It has a good effect to prevent adult disease and rejuvenate your skin and body.
Korean Traditional Family Experience (15)
Date: 22 and 25 August
The typical family pattern in Korean villages has been described commonly as a paternally extended family, that is, parents and son`s families (that of the eldest son in particular) living together under one roof. This is how Yoo`s family live now with 4 generations living together. Participants will learn to make Kimchi and are welcome to take home a sample of their work. Learning customary Korean etiquette is also available upon request. Basic manner includes wearing the Hanbok (Korean traditional dress), drinking tea, bowing, etc. There is a cluster of Korean traditional houses in Angukdong, downtown of Seoul and we visit one of them. Their house is called "Hanok" which is traditional Korean style equipped with both ondol, under floor heating system that developed in the north which has harsh winters, and maru, a cool wooden floor, developed in the south to cope with hot and humid summers.
Beat of Korea Night - Jeongdong Theater (15)
Date: 23 August
Jeongdong Theater is one of the most representative theaters in Seoul. It is a cultural spot of Korean traditional arts, which Koreans can proudly introduce to foreign visitors. It is also a pioneer in presenting Korean traditional arts to the world stage. Korean Traditional Stage consists of four genres of Korean performing arts; pungmul (percussion music), dance, vocal music and instrumental music. This program, with its unique structure and service, provides the spectators with an unforgettable experience of their tour in Korea.
Nanta Performance (15)
Date: 24 August
The "NANTA" is a non-verbal performance of reckless rhythms that dramatize customary Korean percussion in a strikingly comedic stage show. Integrating uniquely Korean traditional tempos with a western performance style.
Han River Cruise & Observatory (15)
Date: 25 August
63 Building, the tallest building around Han River, is a multi-tourist complex with its observation tower to enjoy. It is right by Han River and its golden reflective glass walls cause the surrounding area to glow in its golden light and it's called "Golden Tower". Han River pleasure boat is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery around Han River that flows through Seoul.
Seoul Tower & Night Shopping (15)
Date: 26 August
Seoul Tower, which stands on Mt. Namsan's summit, is one of the highest towers, offering a panoramic night view of the sprawling Seoul area. In Asia, Seoul was selected as having the second best view at night after Hong Kong. Dongdaemun Market sells various products of high quality, including clothes, shoes and leather goods at wholesale prices. Shops are open all night, brightly lit and play cheerful music.
Miracle Library & Jikji Museum (15)
Date: 25 and 26 August
Jikji Early Printing Museum is located at Hungdoksa temple site where the oldest metal printing type was manufactured in July 1377. Jikji, the oldest existing book printed with metal printing types, was published in Cheongju city in 1377 which was 78 years earlier than German inventor. Cheongju Miracle Library is a children's library. It brings children to the books of the world and great imagination and creativity. It also helps children to learn the regional culture and history to which they belong. It helps children to grow up to be bright, honest and liberal.
POSCO & POSTECH Digital Library (15)
Date: 25 August
Founded back in 1968 with virtually no capital, technology, or experience, POSCO has risen to the top of the global steel industry in just three decades. POSCO produces some 28 million tons of steel products each year, enough to produce about 100,000 compact cars a day. Today, we ship those products to over 60 countries around the globe, satisfying some of the world's most quality-sensitive manufactures. Built between 1968 and 1983, the 899-hectare Pohang Works specializes in small-lot production of a broad range of products, including hot rolled coil and cold rolled sheet, plate, wire rod, electrical steel, and stainless steel. POSTECH Library is a digital library of the future connection to academic information resources across the world.
Pre-Congress Tour(detailed information will be sent 2 weeks prior to the congress)
Old Historic City Gyeongju - Gyeongju Hilton Hotel or similar (15)
Date: 18-19 August
Price: Euro 320 per person
Places to Visit: Sokkulam Grotto - Bulkuksa - Gyeongju National Museum - Anapji Pond - Chomsungdae Observatory - Chonmachong Royal Tomb - Shilla Pottery Kiln
Preserving innumerable relics and sites of thousand years of history, Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Shilla Kingdom, will spark the historical interest of any visitors. Among the most popular attractions: Bulkuksa, the largest principal Buddhist temple in the Shilla Kingdom; Sokkulam, one of the three most prized Buddhist art places in the world; Gyeongju national museum in which thousands of priceless relics of the Shilla period from the prehistoric age are on display; Chomsongdae, one of the oldest astronomical observatory in the world; Anapji pond, in the site of the forbidden garden of Shilla constructed for celebrating the unification of three countries; and Chonmachong Tumulus which shows 12,000 remains of the Shilla age in the interior of a royal tomb of the Kingdom.
Fantasy Island Jeju - Holiday Inn Plaza Hotel or similar (15)
Date: 17-19 August
Price: Euro 520 per person
Places to Visit: Dragon Head Rock - Samsunghyol - Hallim Park - Hyeopjae Cave - Mokseokwon - Yeomiji Botanical Garden - Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak - Jeongbang Waterfall & Women Divers
The Hawaii of Korea, Jeju Island is filled with unique ancient myths and legends of three abundance stones, wind and women. Acclaimed for its subtropical climate and known for no beggars, thieves and doors, Jeju Island is considered as one of the ten most unspoiled tourist paradises in the world as tourist destination for honey mooners. The Korean family names of "Goh" "Buh" and "Yang" originated from this island. The visitors will also be tantalized by more legends which they will hear during their visit to "Dragon Head Rock" created two million years ago and the Formative Art Museum of Tamrah and the Folk Nature Museum.
Post-Congress Tour(More detailed information will be sent 2 weeks prior to the congress)
Beijing: The capital of China(15)
Date: 26 - 29 August
Fax: +86-10-66117115 (The hotel's website is under construction)
Program:August 26 (Saturday)
August 27 (Sunday)
August 28 (Monday)
August 29 (Tuesday)
Those who have different times, dates for arrival and departure in Seoul and Beijing other than the CA124 & CA125 are requested to arrange a transportation on his/her own. As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as being the China's most important center for international trade and communications. It has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore Beijing's ancient past and enjoy its exciting modern development. The four days trip covers all the major sightseeing spots in Beijing. Tiananmen Square is the largest downtown square in the world. It covers an area of 44 hectares, big enough to hold one million people. Enjoy the mystical Imperial Palace - the Forbidden City, the Imperial Sacrificial Altar - the Temple of Heaven. And of course the Great Wall!
Please note you require a China entry visa to travel to China, You could apply it to China embassy in your country. Or you may also apply it here. Followed is requirement to apply China entry visa with us; (1) One passport size picture (2) Passport (3) Visa fee of KRW150,000 including delivery fee (4) Duration for processing - three business working days required (5) China embassy business hours - From Monday thru Friday
Please bring the above requirement to Global Tour's information desk located at the registration desk of COEX, NO LATER THAN 10:00 AM on August 21(Mon), 2006.
Date: 26-28 August
Tel: 86 21 6439 9299
Fax: 86 21 6439 8588 http://www.jianguo.com
August 26 (Saturday)
August 27 (Sunday)
August 28 (Monday)
Shanghai is well known both at home and abroad not only as prosperous metropolis with rich cultural resources, but also for a number of new tourist attractions that have been developed in recent years. Standing on a boat on the Huangpu River, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the river and city skyline. The river sparkles with giant ships sailing busily by; the banks are filled with skyscrapers of different styles. On the modern Pudong side of the river, the futuristic Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with a giddy height of 468 meters, stands as the world's third tallest TV tower, after the 553-meter CN Tower in Toronto and the 535-meter Moscow TV Tower. It has already come to symbolize Shanghai and is honored as one of the ten best views in the city. The Jin Mao Mansion is another famous building in the Pudong New Area. Because of its brightly illuminated skyscrapers, Shanghai enjoys international fame as the "Pearl of the Orient".