Member since: 15 May 1987
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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 Expo 2005 Aichi for design, silver at Expo 2010 Shanghai for interior design, and bronze at Expo 2017 Astana for design and visual presentation.
Pavilion typeSelf-Built Pavilion
ThemeSmart Korea: Moving the World to You
Architect(s)MYK (Kim dongkyu, Moon Hoon, Yun Seongbong)
AwardBronze - "Exhibition Design" Category - pavilions larger than 700 m2
National Day19 Jul 2017
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.
ThemeHansik, Food for the Future: You Are What You Eat
AwardSilver - "Interior and Exhibition Design" category - pavilions larger than 2,000m²
National Day23 Jun 2015
ThemeKorea's Maritime Exploration and Capabilities
National Day01 Aug 2012
ThemeFriendly City, Colorful Life
AwardSilver - "Pavilion Design" category - Pavilions Category A
National Day26 May 2010
ThemeWater as a Symbol of History and Reality
National Day16 Jul 2008
ThemeLight of life
LocationGlobal Common 1
AwardGold - "Design" Category - pavilions larger than 1296 m2
National Day11 May 2005
ThemeA pavilion in a patchwork coat
Architect(s)Kyong Soo Park
National Day17 Jul 2000