Korea welcomes the Rotary’s Centennial Celebration in 2016

25th May, 2016

The Rotary’s centennial celebration for its 1.2 million Rotary members worldwide will take place in Seoul, Korea from this Saturday 28th May – 1st June 2016.

We know that there are over 48,000 registered to attend, which takes it to the highest ever attendance (according to ICCA the next largest was 38,000 also in Korea in 1989, and then 34,000 Bangkok 2012).

The 2016 Rotary International Seoul Convention held in Korea is the second time since 1989. This year’s convention will fully reflect Korea’s recent success and growth as a G20 nation within the international communities as a highly developed IT industrial nation with cultural and historical abundance. The estimated economic impact of the Rotary International Seoul Convention is KRW$292.5 billion (US$248.6 million).

The convention will take place at KINTEX, Goyang Si, Gyonggi do, just outside Seoul with Conrad Seoul as the main headquarter hotel:

  • Gyonggi, the ‘home counties’ of S Korea and Seoul will have an abundance of activities and satellite events, including the inclusive (for all abilities)  3K Walk for Peace, with funds going to End Polio.
  • The welcome ceremony is at Jamsil Stadium within the Olympic Park in Seoul and includes world-famous K-pop stars along with Korean traditional performers, and the following evening is KOREA SYMPHONY NIGHT "Jubilation and Harmony" in association with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, and the next Ballet night, truly demonstrating the yin and yang of Korea with its breadth of cultural wealth from pop to classical, traditional with the new.
  • There will also be a luncheon for all veterans of the Korean War, as you know the United Nations assisted Korea, so this is particularly poignant.


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