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Greetings, everyone.

My name is Young-ju Kim. I am the Chairman of the Bid Committee for World Expo 2030 Busan. Thank you for visiting our website.

Busan citizens have long aspired to host the World Expo in their city. This dream finally began to materialize when the bid for the World Expo 2030 Busan was confirmed as a national project in May 2019 and the Bid Planning Office for World Expo 2030 Busan was founded in November 2019. Then in July 2021, the Bid Committee for World Expo 2030 Busan was launched to conduct promotional activities for the bid.

The World Expo is recognized as one of the three major international events, along with the Olympics and the World Cup. If Korea is able to hold this International Registered Exhibition, it will become the 7th country in the world to host all three of these major international events.

The World Expo 2030 will put particular emphasis on displaying new future technologies, such as artificial intelligence, 6G, and smart airports and ports, to show Korea’s status as a leading “smart country” to the world. It will be an occasion to achieve new heights in our economy, society, and culture at large.

The choice of host city for the World Expo 2030 is due to be made in 2023. In order to apply to become the host city, the Bid Committee will select an expo theme that people around the world can sympathize with. We will diligently prepare a bid plan, while doing our best to mobilize all our national capacity to make sure we can successfully become the host city.

We hope that our website will serve as an important platform offering two-way communication regarding various information about the expo. Please feel free to leave us any suggestions you may have. We thank you for your continued interest and affectionate support.

What is an Expo?

Expos in Korea

Expo 1993 Daejeon

The Republic of Korea organized a Specialized Expo in Daejeon in 1993, hosting an Expo for the first time in its history, one hundred years after its participation in the Chicago World Expo in 1893.

This continues to have historical significance, and can also be seen as a result of the remarkable success of Korea’s industrialization efforts. At the Expo, held under the theme, “The Challenge of a New Road of Development”, cutting-edge technologies including maglev trains and solar-powered automobiles were introduced, as well as a variety of diverse cultural events. The remaining symbolic facilities of the Expo site, such as the Tower of Great Light (Hanbit Tower), are currently accessible to the general public.

Expo 2012 Yeosu

The Republic of Korea organized another Specialized Expo in Yeosu in 2012,
under the theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast.”

The Expo focused on the diversity of marine resources and the importance of sustainable human activities to preserve these resources. The Expo site, located in the new Yeosu port region, was called the “Big-O” and consisted of an ocean area as large as 13 soccer fields and formed into the shape of an “0” using existing breakwaters and islets. The Expo offered visitors the opportunity to directly participate in and experience using all five senses by making the utmost use of cutting-edge IT technologies which Korea is well known for. The Expo also presented future maritime technologies in the areas of marine energy, desalinization of seawater, decontamination of marine pollution, marine transportation, diversification of ecological resources, climate change, and integrated coastal zone management. The remaining symbolic facilities at the Expo site, such as the “Big-O” and the aquarium, are currently accessible to the general public.

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