Busan is an ideal host for the World Expo in 2030
The new Korean government, which was inaugurated in May of this year, has made hosting the Busan World Expo a top priority and is employing all of its national resources to achieve this objective. World-class Korean corporations, including Samsung, Hyundai Motors, SK, and LG, collaborate with the government to organize the Busan World Expo.
World Expo, also known as International Registered Exhibitions, is a nations’ global gathering dedicated to finding solutions to the most urgent problems of our time by providing a journey through a universal theme through engaging and immersive activities.
It is held every five years, with specialized expositions in the intervening years. In the past, host cities have welcomed tens of millions of visitors, prompting them to construct megastructures that forever altered the city’s landscape.
Trip To Busan
During our recent Korea trip organized by Korea Tourism Organization, we travelled to Busan to witness firsthand the city’s plans for World Expo 2030, which will be held from May – October of 2030.
Busan, situated on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, is Korea’s second-largest metropolis and the world’s fifth busiest port. Busan’s transformation from a small fishing village to a megacity places it at the center of another significant change.
BUSAN’S BID FOR THE WORLD EXPO 2030
Korea intends to host World Expo 2030 in Busan, a “ modern ” port city, with the theme “Transforming our World, Navigating to a Better Future” for six months, from 1 May to 31 October 2030.
World Expo 2030 Busan plans to address three global issues under this theme: climate change, the adverse effects of digital transformations, and inequality between nations while the three subthemes are “Sustainable Living with Nature,” “Technology for Humanity,” and “Platform for Caring and Sharing”.
Busan first opened its doors to the world as Busan-po in 1407. In 1876, it became Korea’s first commercial port, sparking the nation’s transition to industrialization and modernization. In the 1970s, Busan Port was responsible for 70 percent of Korea’s exports, which propelled the country’s modernization.
Busan Port has evolved into a modern-day gateway to prosperity, with an international passenger ferry terminal and 9 container terminals across 4 locations. With this, the proposed site for the exposition, the Busan North Port, will host it on the same day that it opened 150 years ago.
This thriving city is now a center for marine science and research, as well as the location of important institutions such as the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST).
Busan is a transportation and logistics hub and gateway between the Eurasian and Asia-Pacific continents. It provides easy access to modern infrastructure such as airports, high-speed railways, and cutting-edge ports.
Busan now has a GRDP of 83 trillion Korean Won (approximately $60 billion) due to its successful transformation. It is also the second-largest transhipment port, the seventh-largest container port, and the thirteenth-largest MICE city worldwide.
Busan is a popular tourist destination, with 40 million visitors from all over the world. While it is a bustling metropolis, it also has a captivating natural environment that stems from the harmony of the sea – including Busan’s seven beaches – rivers, and mountains.
This vibrant city is at the forefront of promoting K-Culture by hosting a variety of cultural events such as the annual Busan International Film Festival, Busan One Asia Festival, and G-STAR.
As a dynamic city with a strong presence in both the past and the future, Busan is a melting pot of various peoples & cultures, driven by technological development and innovation.
In collaboration with UN-Habitat and OCEANIX, Busan is currently developing a floating city project for World Expo 2030, which will serve as the world’s prototype of the coast of Busan Port resilient & sustainable floating community. The floating city, which will be self-sufficient in energy, water supply, and electricity, will be six hectares in size and comprise six integrated systems to accommodate 12,000 residents.
Busan will construct additional tourism infrastructures to prepare for the expo, including other transportation options, cruise ships, and a new international airport. These planned projects will continue even after the World Expo 2030 has concluded.
With a great talent pool and exhibition infrastructure like BEXCO, Busan has extensive experience hosting international exhibitions, which makes them be the 5th & 13th largest MICE city in Asia and the world. This global megacity has the total capacity and heartfelt desire to host the World EXPO 2030, and it is a powerful potential for realising the Bureau International des Expositions’ ideals.
At the core of World Expo 2030, Busan will share solutions to humanity’s problems, conveying the desire to begin a journey toward a better future for all. Busan desires global transformation in 2030.
Find out more via https://www.expo2030busan.kr/.