Social Events

Welcome to MobiSys 2019 Social Events!

We are organizing several social events to encourage communication between researchers from various backgrounds. Feel free to join any of the events you are interested in.

Specifically, we have five social events:

  1. Before Conference: Tour to Gangbuk
  2. After Conference: Social Dining at around Seokchon Lake
  3. Morning Stroll at Bongeunsa
  4. SIG+Dining: Special Interest Group + Dining

[1] Before Conference: Tour to Gangbuk

12:00~19:00, Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Is this your first visit to Seoul? For those who are willing to know more about Korea’s history and culture, we are providing a half-day tour program, hosted by local graduate students. It includes a visit to (1) Gyeongbokgung Palace, (2) Bukchon Hanok Village or War Memorial of Korea based on your preference, and (3) a walk along Cheonggyecheon Stream. This is a small group tour; 3-4 people will team up with the local student. We believe this would be a great opportunity to deeply discuss not only the Korean culture but also research, career, and daily lives. If you are interested, please fill out the following Google form. (* The program will be canceled in case of the heavy rain)

Tour program

Route 1: Gyeongbokgung Palace → Bukchon Hanok Village

Meals, tickets and other expenses are not provided

Start End Activity
12:00 12:20 Gathering at the hotel lobby (after lunch)
12:20 13:20 Bus (143, ...) and subway (line 3) to Gyeongbokgung Palace
13:30 15:00 Guided tour at Gyeongbokgung Palace
15:00 15:20 Walk to Bukchon Hanok Village
15:20 16:30 Tour at Bukchon Hanok Village and rest
16:30 17:00 Bus (Jungno 01) to Cheonggyecheon Stream
17:00 17:30 Stroll at Cheonggyecheon Stream
17:40 18:40 Dinner at around Seoul City Hall
19:00 - Optional tour or return to the conference venue

Route 2: The War Memorial of Korea → Gyeongbokgung Palace

Meals, tickets and other expenses are not provided

Start End Activity
12:00 12:20 Gathering at the hotel lobby (after lunch)
12:20 13:00 Subway (line 9 → line 4) to the War Memorial of Korea
13:00 14:45 Guided tour at the War Memorial of Korea
14:45 15:20 Taxi to Gyeongbokgung Palace
15:30 17:00 Guided tour at Gyeongbokgung Palace
17:00 17:30 Walk or bus to Cheonggyecheon Stream
17:40 18:40 Dinner at around Seoul City Hall
19:00 - Optional tour or return to the conference venue

Optional late night tour: Haebangchon

Meals, tickets and other expenses are not provided

Start End Activity
19:00 19:30 Bus (402, 405) to Haebangchon
19:30 20:30 Stroll at Haebangchon with sunset and coffee
20:30 - Return to the hotel

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace), Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty.

Bukchon Hanok Village not only represents Seoul, but the entire country of Korea. There's a reason for why this area has become so popular amongst foreigners; there's no other area that quite shows the spirit of the Korean people and the ways of the past.

Bukchon is situated in between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine. This area is designated as one of the main places in Seoul where there is a large concentration of traditional Korean homes (Hanok). Many historical sites and cultural properties are also packed in this area, automatically making it a street museum of sorts. "Bukchon", which means northern village, was named this way because it is located north of two very significant landmarks, the Jongno area and the Cheonggyecheon (Stream). Currently, Gahoe-dong, Songhyeon-dong, Anguk-dong, Samcheong-dong, Sagan-dong, Gyedong, Sogyeok-dong are considered a part of the Bukchon area.

The War Memorial of Korea was established to remember the Korean War (6. 25. 1950 ~ 7. 27.1953) and to symbolize the desire for the peaceful reunification of Korea. The museum consists of 6 individual exhibition halls and a combat experience room, a screening room and an outdoor exhibition area with memorial statues.

There is an extensive garden area around the memorial with an artificial waterfall and a lake where visitors can picnic whilst enjoy the beautiful landscape. The museum houses more than 10,000 artifacts in the indoor and outdoor exhibition areas. It takes visitors about three hours to complete the tour. The first-floor exhibition hall features a history of the war from prehistoric times up to the Korean War. The combat experience room on the third floor offers visitors a special opportunity to experience a simulated life and death situation on the battlefield through special effects.

Literally meaning "liberated village", Haebangchon is a popular attraction that was once made up of empty market spaces and alleyways before it underwent urban regeneration. Connected to Namsan Mountain, the upper areas of this sloped village are hard to reach but worth the climb for its beautiful city view and is frequented by not only tourists and travelers, but old residents and people from all walks of life.

As Itaewon became popular in the mid-2000, Haebangchon also started attracting notice from many passerbyers. Through gentrification of Gangnam, Hongdae, and Itaewon, Haebangchon began to transform into a gathering place for aspiring young artists and creators. The area is full of unique little workshops, cafes, and bookstores. Meanwhile, cafes and restaurant with a more sophisticated atmosphere have been appearing near the street of Sinheung-ro, continuing to attract many more visitors to the area.

[2] After Conference: Social Dining at Seokchon Lake

18:30~21:00, Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Get to know the people in a more personal environment than at MobiSys! We will group 3-4 people together and guide you to the Seokchon Lake.

Tour program

Meals, tickets and other expenses are not provided

Start End Activity
18:00 18:20 Gathering at the hotel lobby
18:20 18:50 Subway (line 9) to Songpanaru station
18:50 19:00 Walk to dining places
19:00 20:00 Social dining
20:00 20:30 Stroll around Seokchon Lake with sunset
20:30 - Return to hotel

Seokchon Lake was originally part of the Han River, but following a land reclamation project in 1971, the lake formed. As part of the Han River riverbed development project in 1971, an artificial island was formed by the gradual accumulation of silt brought from upstream. This formed a separate lake away from the Han River. The new lake now has two parts, the East Lake and West Lake, since Songpadaero (a 6 km, 10-lane freeway) was built. Within Seokchon Lake Park is the West Lake and Magic Island. Magic Island is a man-made island that is connected by monorail to Lotte Adventure. Another exciting attraction of the West Lake is Seoul Norimadang, an outdoor venue for traditional Korean performances, which stages various open-air performances and events at weekends. The East Lake, with picturesque scenery created by the combination of the beautiful lake and the lush park, is famous for its jogging circuits and footpaths. The lakeside area also has a number of amenities including small parks, restaurants, and café. Seokchon Lake Park is one of many very popular cultural areas in Seoul.

[3] Morning stroll at Bongeunsa

Bongeunsa is a Buddhist temple founded in 794 during the Silla (one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea) period. The temple has more than 1,000 years of history and has many interesting historic and cultural features, including woodblock carvings of the Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Garland Sutra). The temple is also a very popular tourist destination, offering various programs relating to traditional Korean Buddhist culture, in a variety of languages. Bongeunsa is more than a just temple. It provides a place to relax for busy city people and also gives people a chance to reflect upon themselves.

  • Distance from the conference venue: 150m (~5 minutes, including crosswalk)
  • Suggested duration: less than an hour

[4] SIG+Dining: Special Interest Group + Dining

The MobiSys 2019 conference is excited to host its first SIG+Dining this year. Taking inspiration from similar events at other conferences, we’ll be matching junior researchers just beginning to contribute to the MobiSys community with researchers who’ve been thinking and writing in this space for years or decades. You’ll get the chance to form lasting relationships with people you might not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet in the hustle and bustle of a conference consisting of hundreds of people.

We hope this lunch will prove to be a unique opportunity for you to get to know people at myriad points in their careers and at various institutions.