1 (Thu) ~ 4 (Sun) June, 2023
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In the light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Organizing Committee of the 10th World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT 2022) has decided to postpone the conference. The decision to postpone the conference was in order to minimize costs and risks for all involved during the prolonged COVID-19 global pandemic. The congress is now scheduled from June 1 (Thursday) to 4 (Sunday), 2023 at COEX Convention Center in Seoul, Korea.
Seoul, the capital of Korea, is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economy. From traditional culture and historic places to entertainment(K-pop), digital, IT, Seoul is home to many great factors that draw a large number of tourists every year.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies remain the gold standard in evidence-based practice in the mental health field. With the theme of “East Meets West: Embracing diversity and improving access to CBT”, the program of WCCBT2023 will include plenary presentations, symposia, workshops, master classes, and sessions. The primary goal of the Congress’ scientific program is to identify ways with which to develop and implement CBT to meet the needs of clients from diverse societal and cultural backgrounds, It will also address the challenges when using cutting edge technologies, and other innovations in the field, to overcome barriers in CBT utilization and dissemination.
WCCBT 2023 will be an opportunity for Eastern cultures to meet Western cultures and provide a podium for thought-provoking discussions regarding the future of CBT, given different historical, philosophical, and theoretical approaches to our field, especially in this new era of fast-growing technologies. The Congress will offer you the ideal opportunity to connect and reconnect with CBT professionals from all over the world.
We look forward to sharing this unique event and welcoming you to Seoul, Korea 2023.
Kyongmee Chung & Kee-Hong ChoiChairs of Organizing Committee
Co-Chair of Organizing Committee
Co-Chair of Scientific Program Committee
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Korea, Perfect Balance between Old and New
The Korean peninsula stretches southward from the center of the Northeastern coast of Asia, encompassing a land area of approximately 220,000 Km² with some 3,400 islands dotting its coastline. Over their 5,000-year history, Koreans have achieved an indigenous culture, and their unique cultural properties can be found throughout the peninsula. Koreans have put a high value on learning, and have earned a reputation for diligence and dedication.
(population: 10.2 million as of 2017)
1,012km (North -> South)165km (East -> West)
Korean(writing system: Hangeul)
(KST – Korean Standard Time)
Hangeul, one of the most unique creations of the nation, was introduced in 1443 by King Sejong (r. 1418-1450), the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty. In order to help all commoners to easily read and write this new alphabet, Hunminjeongeum (meaning "Proper sounds to instruct the people" in Korean) was created. The name of the language was changed to the current Hangeul in the 20th century.
An abundance of tastes, ingredients, dishes - and surprise
Hansik is renowned the world over for its exceptional use of fresh local, seasonal ingredients to create a wide variety of delicious dishes shared with family and friends.
Popular dishes among international visitors include bulgogi, bibimbap, and hanjeongsik (Korean table d'hote). Bulgogi is a marinated beef or sometimes pork dish that is sweet and tender in texture. In particular, the soy sauce seasoning is not spicy, thus making it a great introductory dish to hansik. Bibimbap, on the other hand, is a complete meal in and of itself. It is made by mixing rice with all kinds of vegetables and then topped with gochujang for that extra kick. Hanjeongsik is served as a full table's worth of side dishes featuring meat and vegetables along with soups, steamed foods, and hot pots. This is a popular choice for visitors looking to try a little bit of everything..
Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. Worn daily up until just 100 years ago, hanbok comes in various shapes and colors, reflecting the culture and lifestyle of the its time. Nowadays, it is only worn on special occasions or anniversaries. It is a formal wear and many Koreans keep a hanbok for such occasions.
While the traditional hanbok was beautiful in its own right, the design has changed slowly but surely over the generations. The core of hanbok is its graceful shape and vibrant colors, which have had a major impact on the modern fashion industry. It is hard to think of hanbok as everyday wear but it is slowly being revolutionized through the changing of fabrics, colors and features, reflecting the latest trend. Many aspiring hanbok designers have altered hanbok for everyday wear with traditional elements at the base of the garment but having a distinct modern feel.
Hallyu (Korean Wave)
The Korean Wave (Hallyu), literally meaning "flow of Korea" is the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture since the 1990s.First driven by the spread of K-dramas and K-pop across East, South and Southeast Asia during its initial stages, the Korean Wave evolved from a regional development into a global phenomenon, carried by the Internet and social media and the proliferation of K-pop music videos on YouTube.
World's most innovative nation
Seoul is the birthplace of leading global electronic and automobile companies such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai, and is renowned for its cutting-edge technology. Also, the high R&D intensity helped the country becomes a global leader in information and communication technologies has emerged by close collaboration between government, industry, and the academy community. No wonder why the nation has the world’s fast average internet connection speed.
Why is Korean cuisine is having its moment
Korean Cuisine has been globally popular in recent years for various reasons and became a representative of well-being. Scientifically proven superfood, Kimchi is a key ingredient in the elixir of life due to its fermentation process. Studies by Imperial College London have shown that the Koreans are set to live longer than anyone else by 2030. Marinated barbecued ribs called Galbi are the most popular Korean dish among foreigners. Eating is a DIY experience to grill the marinated raw meat over a sunken barbeque at the table. Bibimbap is a bowl of rice mixed with meat and assorted vegetables and one of the favourite meals of the Korean people of all time. It is also known as one of favourite dishes by many celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow who referred to it in her weight-loss tips.
Feel the rhythm of Korea
Do you want to meet a K-pop star?
The Korean wave has become an influential global phenomenon since the 1990s impacting the contemporary cultures in music, film, television, and arts industries, and behavioural aspects of various people throughout the world. Name a few, BTS who has been named as 2020 Entertainer of the Year by Time Magazine and Parasite which won the best picture, best director, and best original screenplay at the Academy Awards in 2020. The growing popularity of Korean pop culture in the world boosts significant economic growth in South Korea.
Historic destinations and finding your 'True-self'
The old town of Seoul was home to Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) that was surrounded by a massive circular stone wall to provide its citizens security with the palaces in centre. The dynasty has become past but you will find many historical houses, palaces throughout the city. Buddhism was a state religion since introduced in the 4th Century over a millennium. Buddhism and its temples still are an essential part of Korean culture. Temple stay is a wonderful way to recharge oneself and the temple stay programme provides a sanctuary from city life as well as time and space for meditation and relaxation.
This technology forward, but deeply traditional city will provide an abundance of academic discovery and networking opportunities, the chance to explore this bustling and energetic city, and to experience the dynamism of the region.
Seoul Tour Guide
Visit Seoul is the perfect city tour guide for traveling to Seoul.
Experience Seoul in various ways from K-food to cafes and festivals.
Getting to and from the Airport
Incheon International Airport to Seoul
* Train services from Incheon International Airport
**Limousine (Seoul, Gyeonggi, local bus) and Taxi services are also available.
For further information on public transport from Incheon airport please visit https://www.airport.kr/ap_cnt/ko/tpt/pblctpt/pblctpt.do
Gimpo International Airport to Seoul
* Train services from Gimpo International Airport
Travel from Gimpo International Airport to Seoul Station takes around 20 minutes on the All Stop Train costing approx. 1,450 Won
For more information on public transport from Gimpo airport visit www.airport.co.kr/gimpoeng
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