Located in the heart of the bustling metropolis of 10 million, welcome to the luxury powerhouse of hotels in Central Seoul, and the official grounds for Beyond Blocks Summit Seoul.
For 1,000 years, “Shilla” referred to an ancient kingdom that dominated the southeast of the Korean peninsula, but now The Shilla Seoul is harnessing the power of its namesake to dominate the luxury market. 
A Conference Venue Beyond Compare
There is a long list of reasons why the organizing team at Beyond Blocks chose The Shilla Seoul as the host venue for their next major blockchain conference.
It’s one of the most prestigious global hotels in the world that combines traditional Korean aesthetics with contemporary modern designs, while providing legendary service and time-honored hospitality that is well appreciated by dignitaries, heads of state, CEOs and celebrities. 
Whether you are here for business, relaxation, enjoying gourmet cuisine, or engaging in leisure activities, the Shilla has it all.
In 2008, The Shilla Seoul was selected as one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure 
It houses world renowned restaurant La YEON which was inaugurated with 3 Michelin Stars.
If you’re looking for an advanced fitness workout during your stay, the fitness center, affiliated with Sitaras Fitness, is equipped with a digital measurement room, a first in Korea, and provides a differentiated fitness coaching service using a smart coaching system. A fitness program is customized for each client according to the results of a physical fitness assessment for systematic management. 
Pre-Registration is live for Super Early Bird Tickets. Make sure you sign-up right away to attend Asia’s biggest blockchain conference! The venue itself is already a good enough reason.
Before your trip to South Korea, have a look through this hand-picked list of delicious Korean food that you have to try in Seoul. Stay hungry!
There are a lot of amazing things about Seoul, but for you and I as food lovers, it’s the never ending amount of delicious food that makes Seoul such an exciting city.
Although there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of Korean dishes to try, we nailed it down to a Top 10. Enjoy!
10 of My Favorite Korean Foods
Banchan refers to those delicious little side dishes served at the start of a Korean meal. I like to think of them as Korean tapas. They’re typically offered as ancillary dishes, but Sigol Bapsang in Itaewon serves them as the main course. There you’ll get at least 20 different kinds of banchan for just KRW 8,000 per person with rice and sundubu jjigae.
2. Chimaek (Korean Fried Chicken & Beer)
Chimaek is a compound word for chi-cken and maek-ju, the Korean word for “beer”, so it refers to the popular duo of Korean fried chicken and beer. It’s a combination that’s ultra-popular not just in Korea, but in many parts of the world as well. What makes Korean fried chicken so good is that it’s double-fried, resulting in crunchier and less greasy skin.
3. Gamjatang(pork bone potato stew)
This soup is made with pork spine bones and potatoes which are boiled until the meat left is fall apart tender. You can usually order the kimchi version, which is absolutely sensational. Of all the food mentioned in this Seoul travel guide blog, this is one of my absolute favorite dishes.
4. Gogigui (Korean BBQ)
One of the ultimate Korean meals are pieces of meat, grilled on your table before you with all the side dishes and dipping sauces. Korean barbecue is incredibly delicious.
Kalguksu means “knife noodles” and refers to a noodle dish consisting of handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a large bowl with broth and other ingredients. Its name comes from the fact that the noodles are not extruded or spun, but cut. The noodles are made with dough from wheat flour and eggs which is rolled out thinly and cut into long strips. Ingredients like dried anchovies, shellfish, and kelp are simmered for several hours to prepare the broth, before the noodles and vegetables are added and boiled together.
Naengmyeon is a Korean dish of long, thin handmade noodles typically made from buckwheat, though the noodles can be made from various other ingredients as well like potatoes, sweet potatoes, arrowroot starch, and kudzu. Naengmyeon is originally a North Korean delicacy that became popular throughout Korea after the Korean War. It’s traditionally served in a large stainless-steel bowl with a tangy iced broth.
A pajeon is a pancake-like dish made with scallions as its predominant ingredient. It’s usually accompanied by a variety of ingredients like beef, pork, kimchi, squid, shrimp, and other seafood.
This was one of my favorite street food snacks in Korea. Gyeranppang means “egg bread” and refers to these fluffy, oblong-shaped loaves of bread made with whole eggs. An entire egg is cracked into oblong-shaped slots filled with cake batter, then crisped until golden brown. They’re rich and eggy with a slightly crisp, chewy crust. Don’t miss these either.
Like Korean barbecue, bibimbap is one of the most popular Korean dishes outside of the country. It literally means “mixed rice” and refers to a bowl of warm white rice topped with gochujang (Korean chili paste) and a variety of sauteed and seasoned vegetables like cucumber, soy bean sprouts, radish, spinach, and mushroom. An egg (raw or fried) and sliced meat, typically beef, are often added. The contents are then mixed together thoroughly before being eaten.
10. Sundubu Jjigae
Sundubu Jjigae is soft tofu stew. It’s made with freshly curdled soft tofu, vegetables, and gochujang (chili paste) or gochugaru (chili powder). It can sometimes contain other ingredients as well like mushroom, onion, seafood, meat, and a raw egg. It’s typically served at the start of your meal with a few plates of banchan and rice.
Happy eating and see you in Seoul!
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Here’s to an amazing two-day event that brought over a thousand blockchain enthusiasts and an incredible speaker panel list that received rave reviews from our attendees.
The Westin Tokyo — the home of another unprecedented blockchain conference hosted by your team atBeyond Blocks. We brought over a thousand attendees from all over the world — with a significant number of them coming from the Japanese community. The two-day event forged itself as a powerful networking platform, creating synergy between investors, startups and reputable blockchain and crypto companies.
World-Class Speakers and Panel Discussions
The blockchain space is filled with inspiring individuals. People that are willing to advance the technology to new heights and establish their footprint in this next generation tech industry.
We brought a long list of renowned speakers to our panel discussions, and they surely did not disappoint with the amount of high-value content that was shared. Here are some of the highlights through photos:
Digging Deeper with Intimate Workshops
For our attendees who were looking to dig even deeper, we curated a set of workshops spearheaded by established blockchain companies as well as rising startups that made their product debut outside of their base country for the first time.
We hosted two after-parties in Tokyo, one for each day of the event. They were both received very well as great opportunities to network and discuss all the happenings from a full day of action at the conference. The free flow definitely helped as well!
Looking to dig even deeper into blockchain and cryptocurrency while you’re at the conference? We’ve curated a set of workshops with renowned enterprises so you can do just that.
Workshop Schedule Day 1 — April 4th
13:00–14:00 — Lunch
14:00–14:30 — Workshop: Starbase
How ICO Platforms can help innovative projects
Starbase is an ICO consulting & crowdfunding platform, based in Switzerland and Singapore. They recently completed their own ICO and their mission is to lower the technical and legal barrier around ICO
14:30–15:00 —Workshop: Kik Interactive
Aligning Incentives in the Digital Service Ecosystem
The smartphone has become an increasingly powerful tool in the hands of a consumer; both to create and capture value. As consumers, we have an opportunity to connect across borderless digital communities — globalization in its purest form. However, the increasing monopolization of the digital service ecosystem is manufacturing borders. By controlling the flow of information and data, centralized monopolies are inhibiting the ability for users to maximize their potential value creation. Everyone has a unique set of talents and a unique set of needs. A decentralized ecosystem empowers everyone to create value for each other in a truly borderless digital sharing economy — a marketplace of equal opportunity where unique needs are met by empowered individuals with unique talents to match.
15:00–15:30 —Workshop: Creator.ai
How to Own, Grow, and Build a Social Audience
There are over 3 billion active social media users worldwide. In a time when social networks are entrenched in our everyday lives, the team at Creator.ai will teach you how to harness your followers. Explore the tools and insights you can utilize to own, grow, and build a social audience. Some examples include tracking the growth of your accounts, posting at the right time to maximize engagement, and making sure you’re reaching the people that matter the most. Whether you’re an individual or a brand, don’t miss this chance to take back control of your social media!
16:00 — Tea Break
Workshop Schedule Day 2— April 5th
13:45–15:30 — Duration: 105 minutes
Demo Day Showcase: Leading Reverse ICOs from Korea As an exclusive collaboration with Beyond Blocks, these blockchain companies are making their product debut outside Korea for the first time. Come see them represent what the latest product trends are in Korea right now. Limited seating only!
Kay Woo is CEO of MVL Foundation, previously, easi6. Kay has been in the global mobility industry for over five years, providing a mobility platform in major Asian countries like Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Korea. He has been selected as partner for 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang and awarded by South Korea’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for his contribution to the development of land transportation in 2017. Now his journey continues in the blockchain world with the MVL Ecosystem that connects mobility services and people to collect a lifetime data of mobility units, including vehicles.
Founder: Grant Sohn
Grant is an entrepreneur based in Seoul, South Korea where he co-founded Korea’s largest smb loyalty service called dodopoint, which serves over 10,000 merchants and 16 million end users.
Prior to that he set up operations across Asia for Rocket Internet and consulted businesses with McKinsey and Company. He is originally from Seattle and successfully escaped the rain by attending Stanford, where he majored in economics.
Founder/CEO: Taehoon Park
Taehoon Park the co-founder and CEO of Copyright Protocol, previously, WATCHA Inc. Launched in 2011, WATCHA is Korea’s leading personalized recommendation platform for movies, TV shows and Books — with over 370 million reviews across 3.7M users in S. Korea and Japan on Watcha, Watcha Play, Watcha Music, and Watcha Webtoon. Watcha Play is often regarded as the Netflix of Korea, successfully signing licensing deals with 50+ content providers like Disney, HBO, Sony Pictures, Fox Network Group, BBC Worldwide and more.
Previously, Taehoon worked for the North American release of one of the most successful games in RPG history, MapleStory during his tenure at Nexon. He’s a computer scientist dropout from KAIST, graduated early from Seoul Science High School and has been named 2030 Power Leaders by Forbes Korea in 2014.
Chase Chang is the VP of Ecosystem at TTC, a decentralized protocol out to disrupt today’s centralized social networks. Prior to joining the TTC Foundation, Chase was COO & a member of Board of Directors of Retrica, a camera app with over 350 million downloads. Chase also served as the VP of Global Business at LINE Pay and Head of Partnership & New Business at LINE Thailand. Chase was one of first 4 members in LINE Thailand. During his tenure, Chase led major partnership with top companies such as Samsung, Huawei, AIS, True, DTAC and 7Eleven and LINE Thailand grew to become the #1 messenger app with over 30 million MAU, generating over $100 million USD. He also launched various services in Thailand, such as LINE Webstore, LINE Music and LINE Pay.
Chase fell in love with startups while working at SoftBank Ventures, where he started his career as an analyst. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (EE) from University of Wisconsin.
In 2014, Howon started Huiseoul; a mobile platform for skincare counseling and product purchases. Today it is the number one mobile direct sales business in China booking over $40 million USD last fiscal year. After 4 years of selling in the beauty industry and with over 5 million customer skin data in it’s books, it was only natural for Howon to move Huiseoul’s vibrant community into Cosmochain. Howon hold an MD from Yonsei University and an MBA from Stanford University.
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This is your official notice for our back-to-back After-Party events during Summit Tokyo. Special side note: we’ve included FREE FLOW.
A conference after-party needs no excuse — it’s a fantastic opportunity to reflect and discuss all the golden opportunities gathered from the event, while enjoying a wide variety of Japanese alcoholic beverages. For Summit Tokyo, we’re doubling up on the fun in hosting back-to-back parties on both the 4th and 5th evenings of April.
Cradled in Tokyo’s most vibrant and multicultural neighborhood directly across Tokyo Midtown and Hinokicho Park, Tokyo Chapter at ninetytwo13 offers inspiring collaborative workspaces and living spaces centered around a community of creators. The space is a central hub for blockchain startupsand crypto-folk from in and around Tokyo — a perfect setting to host a meet-up!
Location: Ninety Two 13 by Tokyo Chapter
Address: 9 Chome-2–13 Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan,107–0052
Sleek, elegant and nothing short of stylish — the designer’s dining idea is based on the concept of “food / drink × music × art”. Enjoy an open-concept dining floor with a high ceilings, while gazing at their feature art wall that changes monthly!
As we approach the highly anticipated Summit Tokyo blockchain conference, there is a substantial list of things every traveler should know before going to Japan, especially if it’s your first time.
You’ve heard the same thing from all your friends and family who’ve traveled to Japan: it’s FASCINATING. Here, and in Tokyo especially, you’ll find a seamless blend of old traditions and new innovative technology. And along the way you’ll discover mesmerizing natural landscapes just a short train ride from the loud, electrifying and sprawling city life. We’re certain you’ve seen pictures of Shibuya crossing, rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. #SPRAWLING
So let’s get into it. If you’re a first-time traveler to Tokyo, hopefully this article will serve you well in making your trip memorable, safe and full of amazing surprises.
The Basic Rules of Japan
Be as polite as the locals. Saying ‘konichiwa’ (g’day), ‘konbanwa’ (good evening), ‘sumimasen’ (excuse me) and ‘arigato’ (thank you) will be much appreciated.
Quiet! Switch your mobile phone’s sound off and avoid taking phone calls in restaurants, shops and on public transport. If you must, then whisper.
Keeping your shoes on in certain places is highly offensive
You don’t need to tip
Don’t holler at your waiter, there’s a buzzer for this
Taxi drivers have two basic rules — sit in the back unless there’s no room and don’t touch the door handles — back doors open automatically.
Traditionally people gently bow on greeting. It’s polite to return the gesture but being overzealous can cause insult so mirror the approximate angle to keep you in the safe zone. 
The Basic Things to Pack
Luggage — think light and small, it’ll be easier to get around.
Have cash handy — cash is king in Japan and many stores and restaurants might not accept credit card
Pack shoes that you can slip off easily — no shoes in doors!
Carry a mini-towel in your bag for drying your hands
Bring clothes you can layer on — see next section
Pack an electrical converter — Tokyo is 100 volts 
Tokyo Weather in April
April marks the start of Spring in Tokyo. As you can see from the forecast image below, the weather can range from chilly to comfortably warm — so we recommend bringing clothes you can layer on and off.
The average high (C/F): 19/67
The average low (C/F): 9/48
The first week or so of Spring is peak time for tourism in Tokyo because of the iconic cherry blossom (Sakura) season.
Cherry Blossoms 2018
If you’ve already touched down in Tokyo, lucky you, the cherry blossoms are already reaching full bloom! According to the 2018 Cherry Blossom Forecast, because of a very warm March, this year’s cherry blossom season is about a week ahead of its average pace. If you’re traveling to Tokyo next week — don’t worry, the spectacle of blooming blossoms should still be in full bloom and you’ll be able to stop and appreciate the absolute beauty of hanami.
In reality, it’s a hugely symbolic and much-loved source of national pride, a chance to recognize and reflect on the beauty of nature while welcoming the new season. People often gather and sit under the trees, bringing food, drinks and occasionally music with them. This being Japan, everything is perfectly organized and left spotlessly clean. 
What to eat in Tokyo — Tips and Guides
We published a three-part blog series called “The Tokyo Experience”, where we highlighted some of the best and popular things to eat in Tokyo.
For Part 3 of our series, we asked long-term Japan resident Abasa Phillips for a list of his favorite things to eat in Tokyo — and what a delicious list it is. We’re also happy to have Abasa is a key speaker & moderator at Summit Tokyo in April!
A little background on Abasa Phillips
Abasa Phillips is the founder of ZILLA, has been in the payment industry since 2009 and involved with cryptocurrencies since 2011.
Born in the U.S., he’s been living in Japan for 14 years, has been speaking Japanese for 19 years, and his favorite Japanese saying is:
七転八起 (Fall Seven Times Get Up Eight), or 猿も木から落ちる (Even Monkeys Fall From Trees). 
Given his resume, Abasa is the perfect candidate for a ‘Top Eats Tokyo’ feature — here’s his take.
Abasa’s Top Eats in Tokyo
His #1 Favorite: Kuumba Du Falafel
“If you want a culinary ’wholly shit’ moment, you will get it here. I guarantee you’ve never had food like this before. And it’s falafel. If you want to choose one place on this list, this is it. The restaurant is hard to get to, they take a long time, and it’s usually packed, but if I had to choose one meal before I die it would be this. And it’s vegan. Insane.”
For a great burger: Blacows
“I don’t eat beef anymore but my friends can’t stop talking about this place. About 10 years ago, Japan went through burger mania. This place stands out as one of the top.”
For a slice: Da Isa
“This is the best pizza that I’ve ever eaten in my life. No joke. By far. The guy that runs it won the world pizza cup in Naples for 3 years in a row. It’s real Italian pizza not NY pizza (which I also enjoy).
For bowls of fine ramen: Afuri
“Really good Ramen. Nuff said.”
For fancy soba noodles: Tamawarai
“Michelin starred Soba restaurant. This is where I go on pay day.”
For everyday soba noodles: Asahiya
“Everyone has their Soba/Tempura spot. This is mine. Nothing fancy, no tourists, just okincredible food.”
Spicy clear noodles: 七宝 Malatan
“Amazing noodles where you pick the vegetables.”
For delicious sushi: IT’S A SECRET
“I keep my sushi spots to myself but you can pretty much guarantee good sushi in Japan.” 🙁
“It’s actually difficult to find bad Japanese food or Ramen in Japan. Anywhere you go, cheap or expensive, will be pretty much incredible.”
It doesn’t get anymore authentic than that! Much appreciation to Abasa for taking the time to grace us with delicious food ideas for our visit to Tokyo.
This is the second installment of our Tokyo Experience blog series, where we’ll be journeying into the world of Japanese street food. All set?
Although the street food culture is less prevalent in Japan compared to other Asian countries like Thailand or Taiwan, it doesn’t take away from the fact that there are countless ‘cheap-eats’ street food vendors that you MUST experience.
Think of things to eat in Tokyo and you might envision wooden boats of sushi, bowls of ramen and, well, not much else. In this article, I will do my best to show you a whole world of Tokyo street food to uncover — you just need to know where to look!
Tokyo Street Food
Although some are not really completely street — as in not served from a street cart — but rather served from a building facing the street with standing room, or street-side seating.
Mitarashi dango (みたらし団子)
Mitarashi Dango is one of the many very traditional Japanese Mochi sweets. Small round Mochi balls are skewered on bamboo sticks and covered with a gooey sweet and salty brown sauce. Mitarashi Dango is a great snack and quite satisfying without being overly sweet. You may want to try it one afternoon with hot green tea. 
Price: ~110 JPY ($1.04)
In Japan you’ll not only find rice and noodles, but bread is a pretty big favorite too.In both bread shops and at small street food stall in the neighborhoods you can find Japanese sweet bread, a light and airy bun that has little patches, like a soccer ball, on the outside.
Price: 170 JPY ($1.67)
Although literally translated as grilled chicken skewers, yakitori now refers to a variety of different grilled meats on skewers.
Eating yakitori is one of the favorite Japanese things to eat along with a beer or sake, and is available at occasional street food stalls and also at small hole in the wall Yakitori-ya or Izakayas.
Price: About 150–200 JPY ($1.47 — $1.97) per stick
Tokyo’s district of Harajuku (原宿) is famous for many things, not least for its youth culture and over-the-top street fashion. It’s also the place to go for Japanese crepes, a treat that anyone with a sweet tooth must try when visiting Japan. Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street 竹下通り) is home to many Japanese crepe shops. 
Price: 450 JPY ($4.43) — a little expensive if you ask me, but if you have a sweet tooth, I think you’ll enjoy this one.
Taiyaki (鯛焼き fish shaped waffles)
Along with takoyaki, taiyaki is another craze street food snack in Japan.
Cooked in the shape of a fish, the outside is similar to pancake or waffle batter, and they are commonly filled with red azuki beans, custard, sweet potato, or even chocolate.