To organize the exhibition area in Yeosu, a unique place was selected, where the mountains, land, coast and ocean meet together – the site situated between the city of Yeosu, a rock massif and the Odong Island. The place provides a wonderful view on the charms of Yeosu – 300 islands, mountains and the city itself dazzling with lights.
According to the exhibition’s concept, the area will be divided into three zones: the City, the Coast and the Ocean. Thus, the venue for official and festive events will be divided correspondingly between the Expo Digital Gallery (EDG), the Ocean Experience Park and Big O scene.
The main concept of this pavilion, “The Living Ocean and Coast”, can be summarized in one word – life. Life is what unites not only space, time, culture, science and technology, west and oriental ideas, but also ecosystems and humanity in general. Following the examples of the previous exhibitions («Water and Sustainable Development» in Zaragosa, “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future” in Lisbon), Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea will try to step out of the past concept.
- Cosmic Tree. The waiting area transforms itself with the sensations and sounds of the ocean breeze and interacts with the visitors.
- Blue Earth from Space. The exhibition presents the diversity and beauty of the ocean and human efforts to learn more about the ocean’s value and ways to preserve it.
- The Ocean and Humans Meet. It shows the relationship between the ocean as a vital life force and humans who have thrived on its resources through time.
- Dwindling Marine Life. It presents the closely interdependent relationship between the ocean and humans, with emphasis on the state of the dugong, an endangered marine mammal. This exhibition warns of the consequences of taking the ocean for granted: the extinction of not only ocean species and resources, but human civilization as well.
- Protecting the Ocean, Protecting Ourselves. It offers a vision of the future, where humans, dugongs and other sea creatures can coexist in harmony.
- Messages for Dugong. Visitors will not only have a chance to know more about the dugong, but also to express their appreciation sending a message to be shown on display.
The main concept of this pavilion is the “Spirit of Ocean Exploration and Ocean Capabilities”.
The Korea Pavilion presents the future vision of Korea as a leading maritime nation, shedding new light on Korea’s advanced and expansive marine knowledge and technology. The Taegeuk pattern (the symbol that makes up the center of the South Korean Flag) is the design motif for the Korea Pavilion.
Korean poet Choi Nam-seon’s poem, “From the Sea to a Boy,” provides the inspiration for digital media shows of the Korea Pavilion. The Exhibition Hall will welcome visitors with videos and performances that combine digital and analogue technologies, while at the Media Hall, a circle-vision 360-degree theater will show films of the dynamic vision of Korea as a major player in the global marine industry.
The main concept of this pavilion is “The Ocean, the Mediator of Climate and Environment”.
- Extreme Climate Experience. Visitors are greeted with a cold Antarctic gale upon entering the Blizzard section, and then experience extreme coldness through the Arctic ice edge in the Arctic Glacier Experience section.
- Multi-channel Multiplex. Consisting of a 20m in diameter circle vision screen along the wall and a screen in the center of the floor, the Multi-channel Multiplex shows feature videos warning of the climate change consequences: global ecology degradation, frequent disasters, etc.
The main concept of this pavilion is “Realizing the Green Economy through Marine Industry and Technology”.
- The ocean, an alternative solution to the natural resources crisis. The pavilion aims at raising public awareness of the oil crisis. Experts explain that utilization of the ocean resources with advanced industrial technologies is the solution to this problem.
- A new perspective on the seaweed industry. This pavilion reminds visitors that humans began to eat and use seaweed in their everyday life some 2,000 years ago. It shows how seaweed can be utilized as a material for plastic, textiles, bio-ethanol, etc.
The main concept of this pavilion is “Humankind’s Challenges and Achievements with the Sea”.
- Oceanic Crossing. For the people of ancient times, the ocean was something to be in awe of and fear. From ancient times until now, there has never been a time humans have not explored the depths of the ocean. The pavilion allows visitors to follow the marine exploration history and have a look at the evolution of ships and other man-made floating crafts.
- The Dhow, a Time Capsule of Ancient Civilization. This ancient Arabic vessel was used for the first voyages between continents 1,200 years ago. The replica of the Dhow discovered by archeologists will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about maritime activities and traditions in ancient times.
The main concept of this pavilion is “Ocean Silk Road, a Path of Challenges and Exchanges”.
- Marine City. Walk through the mysterious underwater city by way of the underwater tunnel and indulge in a beautiful world you have never before seen above the ocean.
- Port City of the Future. The huge elevator-like port represents a future marine society where underwater, above water and land are joined together, while humans of these three environments live in harmony and use futuristic mechanisms and vehicles.
- Energy Port. It’s the very heart of the future ocean energy. The pavilion introduces energy-generating technology utilizing tidal power, temperature variation, salinity gradients, and other ocean energy sources.
The Marine Life Pavilion is designed to show the mystery and beauty of the coast (mudflats) and marine life, and teach the value of marine ecosystems and marine species diversity.
Remembering that “marine flora and fauna are a source of life on the planet”, this pavilion shows the diversity of marine resources and the potential of their sustainable use and development. It allows visitors to look at the ocean as a global bioorganic treasury and teaches to improve our relationship with the ocean and understand the importance of marine environment preservation.
- Wonderful Mudflat Ecosystem. It shows the diversity of mudflat species that regularly migrate with tides.
- Mysterious Marine Ecosystem. “Submarine Tour” of underwater ecosystems of the local shelf.
- Souvenir Photo Corner. It offers visitors the chance to pose for photos with a variety of rare microorganisms, inhabiting the ocean.
- Aquarium. The huge aquarium provides a 360-degree view that allows visitors to see rare marine species, including beluga, Baikal seal, sea dragon, seal, etc.
- Coastal Life. Here visitors can observe and interact with coastal animals at close proximity.
- Marine Life (Sea Experience Room). Allows to appreciate the richest diversity of marine species: from sharks and rays to sea turtles and tiny anchovy. One is welcome to see, hear and even smell them. Some 200 species of animals are available for viewing.
- Eco-Terrarium. This huge exhibition represents the ecological features of the Amazon, introducing visitors to the jungle world. Some 100 species of animals are available for viewing.
Covering the largest area on the site, international pavilions provide a huge space for participating countries to present their achievements and share experience. The exhibitions are divided into 5 clusters. The observatory deck offers visitors a beautiful view of the surroundings.
The largest ocean-, ecology- and environment-related international organizations will meet in the huge discussion area. Each organization will have a chance to demonstrate its activities for ocean conservation and sustainability, suggesting directions for future efforts.
This pavilion is designed for 22 local governments of the host city of Yeosu. Visitors will have a chance to learn more about Yeosu, its culture and traditions.
These pavilions feature expositions showing Korea’s achievement in shipbuilding, IT, green-growth industries, etc. The confirmed participants include POSCO, Lotte, GS, Samsung, LG, SK, Hyundai Motor, Korea Shipowners’ Association and Hanwha Chemical.