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Join the largest international gathering of Korean adoptees

Note: Ticket refunds will be accepted on request through March 2023. Adoptees living in Korea may request a special discount (email

Birth Family Search Update

For those who are also interested in birth family search this summer. Please see this update from NCRC (requires action by April 30th).

Coming Up:

  • April
    • Session List and Descriptions
    • Full Schedule and Logistics
  • May
    • Launch Pre-Gathering Virtual Events
    • Launch Conference App

Rethinking What’s Possible

The 2023 IKAA Korea Gathering
July 10th to 16th 2023

We’re excited to announce the next IKAA Korea Gathering taking place July 10th to 16th, 2023 at COEX and other venues in Seoul, Korea. Held every three years, the Korea Gathering is a unique opportunity to explore Korea while connecting with the global adoptee community. Explore new ways to discover and engage with Korea, lift up diverse adoptee stories and experiences, and facilitate connections and understanding. Thousands from over 15+ countries have attended past Gatherings. You can expect some similar programming from previous years, but we will also be making exciting new changes!

The theme of the IKAA Gathering 2023 is Rethinking What’s Possible. International adoption from Korea is approaching 70 years old and Korean adoptee-led organizations have existed for over 35 years. The community has come a long way in grassroots community building, post adoption services, and advocacy. Today, we continue to see adoptees discovering the community and widespread digital technologies have enabled adoptees to find, connect, and collaborate in ways that weren’t before possible.

Rethinking ways to build, explore, and empower our community

Build multi-generational and global connections to better understand our diverse community, and show what we can accomplish when we work together.

Explore new ways to discover and engage with Korean food, culture and history. It doesn’t matter if this is your first time back or if you’re an experienced traveler to Korea.

Empower adoptees and tell our own stories. As a community, we can acknowledge hardships and injustices. And we can celebrate our accomplishments and strengthen resilience through joy.

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IKAA Gathering Itinerary

An initial view into the week of programming. Seoul tours, Korean food event, concert, and film screenings are being planned and are expected to be included.

View our programming page for more details

Virtual Sessions (Pre-Gathering)

May 2023

Newcomers Welcome Reception

Monday - July 10 2023

Family Welcome Reception

Monday - July 10 2023

Opening Ceremony

Tuesday - July 11 2023

Opening Reception

Tuesday - July 11 2023

Research Symposium

Wednesday - July 12 2023

Presentations / Discussion Groups / Workshops

Thursday - July 13 2023

Presentations / Discussion Groups / Workshops

Friday - July 14 2023

Presentations / Discussion Groups / Workshops

Saturday - July 15 2023

Closing Reception

Sunday - July 16 2023

Closing Party

Sunday - July 16 2023

Virtual Sessions (Post-Gathering)

August 2023

COEX, A New Location

Heading to Gangnam

COEX will be the primary location for the IKAA Korea Gathering. Programming, including the Opening Ceremony, Research Symposium, Workshops / Presentations / Discussion Groups, and more will be held at or near to COEX. COEX is located in Gangnam (south of the river). The location provides convenient access to public transportation like buses and the subway (line 2, 7, and 9). See COEX’s site for directions and map.


We recommend that attendees stay near COEX for convenience. One major advantage of this location is the number of accommodation options in the area. There are a number of hotels which are walking distance to COEX. Additionally, past participants have stayed at Airbnbs and Guesthouses. The map below shows hotels in close proximity to COEX. See the full map and list/links of nearby hotels here. They vary in size, amenities, and price point. Overall, participants have many options for accommodation and can stay in close proximity to other attendees.

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