New convention center opens in Ulsan Metropolitan City

new convention center opens in ulsan metropolitan city

Korea recently unveiled its newest convention center, Ulsan Exhibition and Convention Center (UECO) on April 29. UECO is the 17th convention center in Korea, anticipated to turn the Southeastern Metropolitan City of Ulsan into the next hub for the Korean MICE industry. The opening of the center coincided with the center’s first official event—Asia Pacific MICE Business Festival 2021 took place on April 29 and 30 as an offline in-person event.

Located between Gyeongju and Busan, Ulsan is Korea’s eighth-largest city with a population of over 1.1 million, recognized as the industrial powerhouse of South Korea, home to the largest automobile assembly plant and shipyard. As one of Korea’s major cities, construction of an exhibition and convention center in the area was first promoted back in 2000, but halted due to controversy over budget and scale. The project finally saw light with the opening of KTX Ulsan Station in 2010 and construction officially began in 2017, 17 years after the project was first discussed. Now, the city’s first convention center is greatly anticipated to help Ulsan put its foot forward in the MICE industry.

With an exterior design inspired by the whale-shaped carving on the Bangudae petroglyph (National Treasure No…

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