Friday, July 6, 2007

Seoul Research

K: One more thing to add, yesterday M did some research about where I'd be working if I stayed with the company I currently work at. Big W-O-W!

Gangnam-gu is one of the 25 gu (local government districts) which make up the city of Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the most affluent areas of Seoul and is located in the southeast of the city. It is served by Seoul Subway Line 2, Seoul Subway Line 3, Seoul Subway Line 7 and the Bundang Line.

Several popular shopping and entertainment areas are located in Gangnam-gu, including Apgujeong, the COEX Mall and the area around Gangnam Station. The important business district around Teheranno (Tehran Street) runs east-west from Gangnam Station to Samseong Station and the COEX-KWTC complex.

Known as the Silicon Valley of Korea, Gangnam-gu's "Teheran Valley" is a progressive commercial district along Teheran-no street. The street is home to numerous venture companies, especially IT and Internet-related companies. Many finance, insurance, and trade companies also have offices located here. Such major companies as Yahoo! Korea, Dacom, LG Telecom, and Samsung SDS have moved their main offices to the area. Most venture businesses are concentrated between Gangnam Subway Station and the
COEX / World Trade Center (which also includes the ASEM Convention Center and City Air Terminal). The high concentration of venture firms gives the area a second nickname as Korea's "Venture Valley." The sector also expands far beyond, stretching for many blocks in all directions through Gangnam-gu.

With such a concentration of high technology firms, the area serves as a breeding ground for creativity and progress. To support them, the area has the best infrastructure in Korea for technology, transportation, and facilities. Many support companies (e.g., venture capital firms, incubation companies, consultants, lawyers) also thrive here. The World Trade Center Seoul (WTCS) houses many organizations existing to help foreign businesses do business in Korea. Foreign companies wanting to tap into Korea's high technology and venture sectors should plan to locate near Teheran-no to tap into the creativity flowing throughout the area. Foreign businesses looking for highly qualified Korean partners should begin their search here.

1 comment:

pitchfest said...

Gangnam is definitely the upmarket side of Seoul. I lived on both sides of the river for a short while. They both have different feels to them.

I remember a bar called Tachyon in Gangnam... it had mood lighting and classy cocktails. Good memories.