Gyeongju Hwabaek International Convention Center (HICO) is Korea’s premier convention venue located in the Bomun Lake Resort Complex, one of Korea’s most popular tourist destinations. Hwabaek was the name of the aristocratic council that ruled Korea for 1,000 years (57 BC–935 AD). The modern center that takes its name from Hwabaek is composed of 15 meeting rooms including a convention hall (3,421㎡), exhibition hall (2,273㎡), and outdoor exhibition space (4,000㎡).HICO is located near abundant accommodations and tourist attractions, including UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites like Bulguksa Temple, Seokguram Grotto, Yangdong Village, and the specially designated Gyeongju Historic Areas.
Gyeongju was the capital city of Silla for 992 years. The history of Gyeongju, which was once called Seorabeol, is also the history of the thousand-year-old Silla Dynasty. Gyeongju embraces a radiant ancient culture where Buddhism, science, and the arts and crafts of the people of Silla flourished, and the great spirits of Hwarangdo attained the unification of the three kingdoms.
This is why Gyeongju is so well preserved by its people and thus, has been designed as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The evergreen spirit of Silla has been alive here for nearly a thousand years. Gyeongju is truly a museum without walls.