Things to do

Important Dates

Submission Deadline

(Full paper)

June 30,  2018

Submission Deadline


June 24,  2018
Author notificationwithin 2 weeks
Final versionJuly 31. 2018
RegistrationJuly 31. 2018
Main conferenceOct. 26-28, 2018   


Prof. Guoqian ChenDr. Mouloud Denai

2017 Best Paper


China University of Petroleum, China


Seul-Ki Stella Park

Pusan National University,South Korea


Byung Jae Kim

Mokpo National Maritime University, Republic of Korea


1. Gyeongbokgung Palace


Overview: Visitors can take a relaxing stroll within the palace grounds and marvel at remnants of the Joseon Dynasty such as the Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion, Hyangwonjeong Pond, and sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber), all of which remain relatively intact within the grounds. Constructed in 1867, Gyeonghoe-ru was built as a royal dining venue for foreign envoys as well as for the king and court officials. Located west of Gangnyeongjeon, it is a picturesque pavilion that’s set in the middle of an artificial pond and is connected by three stone bridges stretching out to the complex.

Opening Hours: Wednesday – Monday 09:00 – 18:30

Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Tel: +822 3700 3900

2. N Seoul Tower


Overview: N Seoul Tower is renowned as a national landmark in Seoul, offering striking views of the city and its surroundings as well as numerous exhibitions, performances, and dining opportunities. Standing at 237 metres tall, the transmission tower was built in 1969 to broadcast local and international TV and radio channels within the capital city. Open daily from 10:00 until 24:00, N Seoul Tower is accessible via Namsan cable car, shuttle bus, or the Seoul City Tour bus, all of which charter visitors to Namsan Mountain. Set within Namsan Park, N Seoul Tower's verdant surroundings also make for a nice place to unwind for locals and tourists alike

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 23:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 00:00, Sunday 10:00 – 23:00

Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Tel: +822 3455 9277

3. Lotte World


OverviewVisitors can also enjoy dazzling seasonal festivals and parades at Indoor Adventure, such as the Masquerade Festival, Rio Samba Carnival, Halloween Party, Christmas Festival, and World Carnival Parade. Great for culture vultures, the Korean folk museum is set on the third floor of Indoor Adventure. Here, visitors can learn about Korea’s rich history and culture in the form of miniature villages and artefacts that are more than 5,000 years old. The museum also frequently hosts traditional performances while the Jeojageori (traditional market street) is a great place for purchasing local handicrafts and souvenirs. Magic Island is Lotte World’s outdoor theme park, which can be accessed via Indoor Adventure’s connecting passageway on the second floor. Set within an artificial island that’s surrounded by Seokchon Lake, the theme park hosts the medieval-style Magic Castle and 17 high-altitude rides. Must-visit attractions at Magic Island include Gyro Drop, a 70-metre-high freefall thrill ride and Gyro Swing, where visitors can experience a tornado’s thrilling sensation. Open daily from 09:30 until 22:00, admission fees for Lotte World vary according to time of entry and age, but the Daily Passport Ticket, priced at 48,000 won for adults (above 19), 42,000 won for youths (13 - 18), 38,000 won for children (3 - 12) and 12,000 won for infants (below 3) is ideal if you want to enjoy free access to all of Lotte World’s offerings.

Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 - 22:00

Address: 240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Tel: +822 1661 2000

4. Bukchon Hanok Village


Overview: Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, these hanoks are still inhabited by Seoulites though some operate as cultural centres, galleries, craft workshops, restaurants, teahouses, museums, and guesthouses for foreign visitors.  Bukchon Hanok Village also houses a traditional liquor brewery where Korean alcoholic drinks such as makgeolli (raw rice wine), yakju (medicinal wine), and soju (distilled liquor) are produced. Visitors can also learn about the brewing process of samhaeju, which is a type of soju that was served at palace functions

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 09:30 - 21:30

Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Tel: +822 2148 4160

 5. Jongmyo Shrine


Overview: Located in the southwestern part of the city not far from the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens was built some 400 years ago during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin of the Ming Dynasty. This classic attraction is a maze of pavilions, elaborate rock gardens, arched bridges and fish ponds, encased within an undulating dragon wall. Highlights include the Yu Ling Long (Exquisite Jade Rock), one of China’s three infamous jade sculptures, and The Grand Rockery, a rock garden made of 2,000 tonnes of rare yellow stones pieced together using rice glue, built by an infamous garden artist from the Ming period

Jeongjeon Hall is divided into several rooms, with the open corridors in front and the 19 inner shrine rooms which are divided into cubicles to accommodate 49 spirit tablets of former kings and queens. Visitors are prohibited from passing the main entrance as it is only reserved for the spirits. Meanwhile, Yeongnyeongjeon Hall is built to house the remaining 16 spirit chambers of the royal family.

Opening Hours: Wednesday - Monday 09:00 - 18:30

Address: 157 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Tel: +822 765 0195

6. Shopping in Myeongdong Market


Overview: Home to numerous department stores, shopping malls, street side shops as well as restaurants, cafes, and hawker stalls. Myeongdong Market is the place to go if you’re planning to hit the shops while in Seoul. As one of South Korea’s prime shopping districts, you can find a vast range of inexpensive clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery, and handbags from local and international brands as well as Korean cosmetic and skincare brands. Prominent shopping malls in Myeongdong Market include Lotte Department Store, Lotte Young Plaza, Noon Square Shopping Mall, and M Plaza, which houses international labels such as ZARA and Forever 21, Seoul Culture and Tourism Centre, and a performance hall where you can catch live concerts and cultural events. Notable luxury brands available here include Bulgari, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, and Louis Vuitton.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:30

Train: Myeongdong Station

Tel: +822 774 3238

7. Shopping in Hongdae District


Overview: Hongdae District is a fashion-forward neighbourhood in Seoul that’s known for its bright and youthful ambience, underground cultures, and freedom of self-expression. Like most places in Seoul, the fastest way to get to Hongdae District is via subway; take the Seoul Subway Line 2 and alight at Hongik University Station (Exit 9).   Well-frequented by local youths and students of the neighbouring Hongik Art University, it is home to plenty of fashion outlets and independent boutiques that stay open until midnight, where visitors can shop for an array of merchandise ranging from handmade clothes to luxury goods.

 A must-visit for bibliophiles is the Seoul Wow Book Festival, which takes place every October. Do note that novels, comics, and poems available for sale here are in Korean, but you can still enjoy numerous live concerts and book exhibitions at this unique event. Not only is Hongdae District a fascinating place to purchase one-of-a-kind items, there are several streets dedicated to Seoul’s modern arts, clubbing and dining scene, where quaint cafes, art galleries, street stalls, jazz cafes, music dabang (vintage coffeehouses), cocktail lounges, wine bars, dance clubs, and gourmet eateries can also be found in almost every corner.

Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 00:00

MRT: Hongik University Station

Tel: +822 3153 8363

8. Club Octagon


Overview: Club Octagon is among the best clubs in Seoul and, in fact, is ranked as one of the best nightclubs in Asia with several international awards to its name. The nightclub hosts an impressive line-up of international and Korean DJs spinning electro dance and deep, tech house tunes every weekend. Prominent international acts such as Vivid, Paul Van Dyk, Fedde Le Grand, Dash Berlin, Jochen Miller, and We Are Loud have all played here. Set within the New Hilltop Hotel 
in Gangnam district, it is the ‘go to’ place local celebrities, elites and trendsetters late into the night.

Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 22:00 – 07:00

Address: B1/B2 New Hilltop Hotel, 152 Nonhyeon-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul

Tel: +822 516 8847 or +8210 9031 0808

9. Lookout Cafés on Hangang River


Overview: Enjoy the night cityscape of Western Seoul by visiting these unique crane-shaped cafés, all of which are perched upon six bridges crossing Seoul’s Hangang River. While the riverfront has always been a popular venue for daytime recreational activities, the lookout cafes on Hangang River offer cosy retreats for those looking to unwind after a day of sightseeing in Seoul. Open past midnight, the cafés serve a variety of beverages such as tea, coffee and fruit juice, as well as alcoholic beverages. Food-wise, the Gureum and Noeul cafes on Dongjak Bridge serves western delicacies such as pork cutlets and steaks. Every week, visitors can also enjoy grand piano performances here – completely free of charge.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 02:00

MRT: Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 4

Tel: +822 1330

10. The Spa in Garden 5


Overview: Jjimjilbang is a traditional Korean bathhouse in Seoul where you can not only unwind in quirky sauna rooms, but also spend the night at an affordable price. Open 24 hours a day, these establishments offer a range of beauty and detoxification treatments such as facials, body wraps, body scrubs, massages, nail and hair services

The Spa in Garden 5 is one of the more upscale jjimjilbang centres in Seoul, offering sauna rooms in varying themes and temperatures, infrared radiation rooms, salt rooms, as well as a library, arcade centre, and internet café. Situated on the 10th floor, patrons can enjoy great views of the Garden 5 Complex’s lush garden atrium. The jjimjilbang also offers yoga classes, body scrubs and massage services that start at 13,000 won

Address: Garden 5, 1o Chungmin-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Tel: +822 404 2700

Price Range: 05:00 - 21:00 8,000 won (adult) & 6,000 won (child), 21:00 – 05:00 10,000 won (adult) & 7,000 won (child)