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Networking is a core part of any business professional’s career. Though expats may sometimes feel as if networking opportunities are be limited to them in Korea, whether that be because of language or cultural barriers, foreign communities in Seoul such as chambers of commerce or embassies offer fantastic opportunities to meet both locals and fellow expats to build your professional network.

Here at 10 Magazine, we’ve compiled a list of 10 networking events in Seoul this May, in chronological order.

1. Cosmobeauty | Coex Center

Cosmobeauty Seoul is an annual beauty exhibition that showcases the latest beauty trends and products to the public every year. Here, both domestic and international beauty companies hold booths, seminars, and activities to unveil their latest items and tips to beauty experts and lovers alike. The event will last for three days, from May 9-11 and will be held at the COEX center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of COEX on our 10 Directory.

Dates: May 9 – 10 (10:00 am- 6:00 pm), May 11 (10:00 am- 5:00 pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: Cosmobeauty Seoul
Address: Coex Center, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Cost: 5,000KRW (individual) / 3,000KRW (groups 20+ people) / Free admission for specified groups

 


2. AMCHAM Peace on Korean Peninsula | Grand Hyatt Seoul

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Ban Ki-Moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, will make a special appearance at the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea’s upcoming general membership meeting. Speaking on the topic of Peace on the Korean Peninsula in a Changing International Order, the meeting is open to both AMCHAM members and the general public. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of Grand Hyatt Seoul on our 10 Directory.

Date: May 10 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: AMCHAM Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Location:  Grand Hyatt Seoul, 322 Sowol-ro, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Cost: 78,000KRW (AMCHAM members) / 98,000KRW (non-members)

 


3. Seoul International Seafood Show (3S) | Coex Center

The Seoul International Seafood Show is the most influential annual seafood exhibition in Korea. Showcasing the latest state-of-the-art products of the seafood industry every year, 3S is geared towards those involved or interested in the seafood industry in Korea. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of COEX on our 10 Directory.

Dates: May 9 – May 11 (10:00 am – 5:30 pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: Seoul International Seafood Show
Location: Coex Center, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Cost: 5,000KRW (individual) / Free admission for specified groups

 


 4. AMCHAM Foreign Professionals Committee Meeting | Millennium Seoul Hilton

The American Chamber of Commerce will host a Foreign Professionals Committee Meeting at the Millennium Seoul Hilton this May. With special guest speaker Sungdo Gong, the representative director at Orion Engineered Carbons Korea, the committee meeting topic is entitled “From Financial Crisis to Bullish Times: Learning, Adapting, Surviving and Enjoying the Journey.” For more information about the venue, check out the listing of the Millennium Seoul Hilton on our 10 Directory.

Date: May 16 (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket:  AMCHAM Professionals Committee Meeting
Location: Millennium Seoul Hilton, 50 Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cost: 68,000KRW (AMCHAM members) / 88,000KRW (non-members)

 


5. ICCK Digital Marketing and Digital Security Seminar  | The Plaza Seoul

The Indian Chamber of Commerce Korea will hold its 39th ICCK Speaker’s Forum this May at the Plaza Seoul with special guest speakers Philip Kim, the executive vice president of Standard Chartered Bank Korea, and Stephen Revere the CEO of InterCultural Communications, a digital marketing and social media management company (disclaimer: and an investor in 10 Magazine!). The breakfast seminar will focus on topics surrounding digital marketing and security and will be split into two parts: “The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media Management,” and “Innovation, Cyber Security, and Best Practices in Digital Transformation.  For more information about the venue, check out the listing of The Plaza Seoul on our 10 Directory.

Date: May 23 (7:30 am -10:00 am)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket:  ICCK Digital Marketing and Security Seminar
Address: The Plaza Seoul, 119 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cost: 45,000KRW (ICCK members) / 55,000KRW (non-members)

 


 6. World IT Show | Coex Center

Anyone interested in IT should visit the World IT Show, this year held in Coex, Seoul. Representing next-generation high-tech industries, this convention highlights current and prospective trends in the IT industry. Companies showcase technology ranging from artificial intelligence and virtual reality to big data and Blockchain technology. The World IT Show also offers several lectures and programs. The Global ICT Outlook conferences will present future prospects of the IT world. At the New Technology Presentation, you can marvel at the newest and hottest IT products and technologies. Finally, the World IT Show offers special programs for buyers, introducing them to Korean tech companies. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of COEX on our 10 Directory.

Dates: May 23- May 26 (Times TBA)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: World IT Show 
Location: Coex Center, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Cost: 3,000KRW (pre-registered individuals) / 7,000KRW (at the door)

 


7. Seoul International Handmade Fair | Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Seoul International Handmade Fair is an annual fair that promotes handmade products and culture in Korea. This year’s theme, “reform,” focuses on the culture of sustainable handmade goods. Handmade culture and products are versatile, and this year’s fair will include workshops, booths, and creative zones that include showcases of handmade ceramics, accessories, furniture, art, food, and fashion. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of Dongdaemun Design Plaza on our 10 Directory.

Dates: May 24-27 (11:00 am – 7:00 pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: Seoul International Handmade Fair
Address: Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), 153-17 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cost: 10,000KRW (general) / 8,000KRW (youth 8-19 years old) / Free admission for specified groups

 


 8. International Conference for Educational Technology | Seoul National University

The International Conference of Educational Technology, organized annually by the Korean Society of Educational Technology, will take place at Seoul National University on May 25-26 this year. This year’s theme, “The Future of Educational Technology: Evolution or Revolution?” will focus on the constantly changing aspects of educational technology and involve multiple keynote speeches, workshops, lectures, and networking opportunities. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of Seoul National University on our 10 Directory.

Dates: May 25 (10:00am-8:00pm) & May 26 (8:00am-6:00pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: 2018 ICET
Address: Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Cost:

  • 40,000KRW (student KSET member)
  • 60,000KRW (student non-member)
  • 70,000KRW (KSET member)
  • 80,000KRW (non-member)
  • Note: the above prices are applicable for individuals who register before May 12; after May 12, an addition 10,000KRW charge will be added. Additional fees charged for extra workshops.

9. New Zealand Wine Festival | Grand Hyatt Seoul

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea will celebrate its 10th annual wine festival in the outdoor garden of the Grand Hyatt Seoul this May. Network with members of the Kiwi Chamber of Commerce while enjoying over 20 kinds of wine from New Zealand’s best vineyards. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of the Grand Hyatt on our 10 Directory.

Date: May 26 (4:00 pm- 8:00 pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: New Zealand Wine Festival
Address: Grand Hyatt Seoul, 322 Sowol-ro, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Cost: 100,000 (NZ Chamber of Commerce members & groups of 8+ people) / 120,000KRW (non-members)

 


10. Global Electric Power Tech | Coex Center

Global Electric Power Tech is the leading exhibition for electric and energy industries in Korea. This versatile exhibition is related to construction, inspection, safety supervision and maintenance sectors. If you want to create a valuable network for your business, Global Electric Power Tech is the place to go! The convention is mainly focused on businesses and buyers, creating a platform to create meaningful connections with small and large businesses. The expo will feature 5 categories: Electric Power Facility Tech, Smart Grid Tech, LED Lighting Tech, Power Generation Plant Tech and New Excellent Product and Technology. For more information about the venue, check out the listing of COEX on our 10 Directory.

Dates: May 30-June 1 (10:00am-5:00pm)
For More Information / To Purchase Ticket: Global Electric Power Tech
Location: Coex Center, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Cost: Free admission for pre-registered individuals / 5,000KRW at the door

 

Photos courtesy of respective events or venues unless otherwise stated.

Read Also: 10 Things To Do In Seoul This May

 

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