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Why Seoul
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Center of Global Business

Seoul is located at the center of Northeast Asia, where more than a quarter of the global population resides. Within three hours from Seoul, there are around 30 metropolitan cities with populations over five million.

Logistics Hub in
Northeast Asia

Incheon International Airport, located near Seoul, has ranked in the world’s top five airports for 12 consecutive years.

A total of 83 domestic and international airlines serve 175 destinations in 54 countries.

Center of Global Business
Optimal Business Environment
Korea ranked first in the 2021 Bloomberg Innovation Index.
This is one of the factors that many global companies invest in Korea.
Innovation City

Availability of high-speed communication network systems (e.g. 5G) and free public Wi-Fi as one of the world’s top digital cities.

Realization of governance convenience and transparency through a global top-quality e-government system.

* Korea ranked No. 1 in the E-Participation Index (EPI) and No. 2 in the E-Government Development Index (EGDI) of the UN e-Government Survey in 2020.

Leading Global Brand

Home to more than 70 percent of the world’s largest corporate brands with advanced technologies, such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. More than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobile and Facebook, have made inroads into Korea.

Invest in the Future

Strategic support for industrial clusters focusing on new growth engine industries such as Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and digital content.
Korea has 11 unicorns, nine of which are in Seoul.

Abundance of Top Talent
  • High College Enrollment Rate

    Korea ranked No. 1 among OECD top 5 college graduation rate in 25-34 age group with 70%.
    (Education at a Glance by OECD, 2020)

  • Best Student Cities Index

    Seoul ranked No. 3 in the world and No.1 in Asia.
    (Best Student Cities by Quacquarelli Symonds, 2022)

  • Global Urban Talent
    Competitiveness Index

    Seoul ranked No. 10 overall:
    Ranked No. 1 in Enable and No. 6 in Grow.
    (The Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index by INSEAD, 2019)

  • A Mega City with a Population
    of 10 Million

    One-fifth of the Korean population (10 million) live in Seoul, forming a massive consumer market.
    Thanks to its open culture with early adopters’ propensity to try new products, along with the discerning insight of Korean consumers, Korea is a leader of global trends and a testbed for various market areas.

Industrial Clusters and Main Business Districts
Seoul, there are a total of 820,000 businesses,
employing a total of 5.21 million people and 31.7% of businesses and 41.4% of employees
are concentrated in CBC, YBD, and GBD in Seoul.
GBD (Gangnam Business District)

The Gangnam Business District is the second largest business district. This district is crowded with a myriad of businesses including numerous IT companies, creating a facilitating environment for active B2B interactions.

The areas surrounding Samseong Station are recognized for global trade, distribution, and logistics through WTC Trade Tower.

Major enterprises in the GBD include Samsung, Hyundai Motor Group, POSCO, SM Entertainment, Google Korea, eBay Korea, Nike, and Boeing Korea Engineering Technology Center (BKETC).

YBD (Yeoido Business District)

The Yeouido Business District has been developed into a financial hub of Seoul. Occupied by a large number of banks, stock companies, investment companies, and the Financial Supervisory Service, this district is called “Korea’s Wall Street.”

It also accommodates the National Assembly and the iconic International Finance Center (IFC). Major companies in this district include LG Electronics, Hyundai Capital, Sony Korea, Intel, HP, Deloitte, Allianz, and Ernst & Young.

CBD (Central Business District)

The Central Business District is located at the heart of Seoul, stretching from Gwanghwamun to Seoul Station. This district serves as the seat of the Blue House, public and administrative agencies, embassies, headquarters of large Korean companies, Korean branches of global companies, and various associations and organizations.

It is the oldest business district in Seoul but nonetheless continues to garner the most interest from foreign companies. Major companies situated in this district include Hyundai, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, and Citi group.