Busan’s Bid for the EXPO 2030 BUSAN
Why Busan
Busan :
The Optimum Host for the World EXPO 2030
In June 2021, the Republic of Korea submitted a letter of candidature to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) for the hosting of the World Expo 2030 in Busan. Korea’s second-largest city and greatest port city, Busan is an excellent choice for hosting the World EXPO 2030.
The City of Busan is eager to host World EXPO 2030 on the basis of “3Ws” : well-developed; well-placed; and well-experienced.
1. Well-developed
Busan has played a crucial role in Korea’s path from being a recipient of economic assistance into a donor country within half a century.
Busan is playing a leading role in the transformation process amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution. On July 23, 2019, Busan was designated as a regulation-free zone for Blockchain technologies to test innovative technologies and foster related businesses. A center for Korea’s future industries, Busan Eco Delta Smart City, is becoming a logistics hub of Northeast Asia.
This thriving city now serves as a center for marine science and R&D, and a home to relevant institutions, such as the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST).
2. Well-placed
Busan is a transportation & logistics hub, and a connecting passageway from the Eurasian continent to the Asia-Pacific. It offers easy access to well-equipped infrastructure such as airports, high-speed railways and top edged ports.
Busan is a much loved city with 40 million tourists visiting from many countries around the globe. Whilst a thriving metropolis, it also offers a captivating natural environment emanating from the harmony among the sea - including the seven beaches in Busan -, rivers and mountains. This fun and lively city is at the forefront of promoting K-Culture through the holding of various cultural events, including the annual Busan International Film Festival, Busan One Asia Festival, and G-STAR.
3. Well-experienced
The municipality has an extensive experience of holding large-scale international events such as the Asian Games in 2002 and the APEC Summit in 2005. Meaningful events it has hosted include: the 2011 Busan World Development Institute General Assembly; 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference; 2014 & 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit; the 2015 IDB Annual Meeting; and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) World Congress in 2022.
Busan, the 5th and 13th largest MICE city in Asia and the world respectively with outstanding talent pool and exhibition infrastructure (such as BEXCO), has outstanding expertise in hosting international exhibitions.
This global megacity has full capacity and heartfelt aspiration to host the World EXPO 2030 and is indeed a powerful potential for the realization of the ideals of the Bureau International des Expositions.
Busan: Facts & Figures
  • Unparalleled Experiences in Hosting International Conferences & Events
    • 2002 Asian Games, 2005 APEC Summit, 2014 & 2019 Korea-ASEAN Special Summit
    • Designated as the Global Convention Complex by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2020
  • Unrivaled Expertise in Hosting International Exhibitions
    • The 5th and 13th largest MICE city in Asia and the world respectively, hosting 239 international conferences (Source: UIA Statistics in 2019)
    • Outstanding talent and exhibition infrastructure (BEXCO)
  • A hub connecting to the world
    • Gateway city in Northeast Asia easily accessible via airport, railway, roads or ports
    • Optimal geographic location: home to the second largest port of transshipment and the intersection of Eurasia and the Pacific Ocean, highly accessible from anywhere
  • A Cultural Hub that Leads K-Content
    • The home of cultural events, including Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and G-STAR
    • Historical places such as Huinnyeoul Culture Village and Gamcheon Culture Village sit side-by-side with modern landmarks such as Haeundae, Gwangan Bridge and Centum City
  • Unmatched International Tourism City
    • Engrossing natural environments created from the harmonious relationship of the sea (seven beaches in Busan), rivers and mountains
    • Diverse and robust tourism infrastructure
    • More than 120 Excellent 5 star hotels available for tourists
  • A Special Place in the History of Korea
    • Korea’s main point of interaction with the outside world since the ancient Gaya and Shilla periods 1,500-2,000 years ago via trade and cultural exchange
    • A city that laid the foundation for Korea’s economic development and the growth of global Korean companies following the Korean War
  • Future industrial city
    • Center of technological research for eco-friendly mobility, shipbuilding, and hydrogen energy
    • Busan New Port and Busan Eco Delta Smart City, a model of decarbonization realized through industry and infrastructure