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The Republic of Korea joined the BIE in 1987. Six years later, in 1993, it organised its first Specialised Expo in Daejeon under the theme “The Challenge of a New Road of Development.” In 2012, the country hosted its second Specialised Expo in Yeosu, focused on the coasts and oceans. Its participation has been recognised with several awards, including gold at World Expo 2005 Aichi for design, silver at World Expo 2010 Shanghai for interior design, and bronze at Specialised Expo 2017 Astana for design and visual presentation.

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Participation in Expos

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Smart Korea, moving the world to you
Architect(s)
Mooyuki Architects
Size (m2)
4,651
Location
Jubilee
National Day
16/01/2022
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Theme
Smart Life
Size (m2)
1,000
Award
Bronze - "Exhibition Design" Category - pavilions larger than 700 m2
National Day
19/07/2017
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The Republic of Korea’s pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana, themed “Future Energy, Smart Life”, took visitors on a journey with “Energy Seed” in search of renewable energy technologies.

The first zone of the pavilion presented live-drawing on a large screen depicting the “Seed of Light” building a giant city with energy allowing people to live richer and more convenient lives. However, the animation drew attention to the limitations of fossil fuels, leading to the possibilities of what the Republic of Korea can do with new energy technologies.

The journey continued with a world of animation. The second zone told the story of a boy, Astan, making an emergency landing on the island of Jeju in 2030. With the help of Ara, a local girl, he discovers the wonders of new energy and the rejuvenation it can bring when he returns home. Along the journey, Astan and Ara came to life, delighting visitors with an enchanting dance performance.

Entering the last part of the pavilion, visitors stepped into a forest of “trees of light” that enabled them to discover the latest technologies from the country using augmented reality. Each visitor could move around the trees, shedding light on different energy innovations, including smart grids, photovoltaic technology and lithium batteries.

Cultural activities were also a major part of the Republic of Korea’s participation in Expo 2017, with daily performances from “K-Crew”, as well as parades and K-Pop concerts.

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Hansik, Food for the Future: You Are What You Eat
Architect(s)
Archiban
Size (m2)
3,880
Award
Silver - "Interior and Exhibition Design" category - pavilions larger than 2,000m²
National Day
23/06/2015
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Theme
Korea's Maritime Exploration and Capabilities
Architect(s)
H Architecture
National Day
01/08/2012
Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Friendly City, Colorful Life
Architect(s)
Mass Studies
Size (m2)
6,000
Location
Zone A
Award
Silver - "Pavilion Design" category - Pavilions Category A
National Day
26/05/2010
Theme
Water as a Symbol of History and Reality
Size (m2)
1,000
Location
Edificio Sol
National Day
16/07/2008
Theme
Light of life
Size (m2)
1,620
Location
Global Common 1
Award
Gold - "Design" Category - pavilions larger than 1296 m2
National Day
11/05/2005
Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
A pavilion in a patchwork coat
Architect(s)
Kyong Soo Park
Size (m2)
3,700
Location
Pavilion West
National Day
17/07/2000

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