Hwabaek International Convention Center, or HICO, is an exhibition and convention center located in Bomun Tourist Complex in Gyeongju.
The name comes from “hwabaek,” the Korean ancient system of joint sessions in the Silla Kingdom. As an official organization consisting of a panel of judges, Hwabaek made it a rule that a consensus can be reached only with unanimous agreement. It is also a culture of convention that showed the intrinsic nature of an assembly where participants gathered to discuss, share, and communicate in order to obtain the best result. Carrying the age-old spirit of communication, HICO today offers a modern and sophisticated system of exhibitions and conventions befitting contemporary needs.