The Climate & Environment Pavilion uses as its symbol three circles merging into one to express the vital interaction between the ocean, the environment and humans. The exhibitions here explore various aspects of the climate and environment in relation to the ocean.
- The Ocean - Moderator of Environmental Changes on Earth
- Operating hours
- 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- 360 persons
- Approximate tour time
- 27 minutes
- Exhibition sections
- Lobby → Blizzard → Arctic Ice Adventure Room → Panoramic Theater
- The best way to enjoy the Climate & Environment Pavilion
- Start at the lobby and take a few moments to learn about the relationship between the ocean, climate and environment. Then move on to the Blizzard section and the Arctic Ice Adventure Room, where you can experience the extreme weather conditions of the Antarctic and Arctic and learn how severe climatic environments are actually evidence of the Earth’s health. Your final stop is the Panoramic Theater, where you can watch a powerful film full of spectacular images and amazing sound and lighting effects that warns of the dangers of global warming. This pavilion enlightens visitors about the ocean and Earth under threat, inviting you to become active participants in keeping our Earth alive.
Upon entering the lobby of the Climate & Environment Pavilion, the first thing visitors see is a map projection introducing the relationship between the ocean and climate. This topic is then expanded on in an animated film that presents, in a highly accessible and fun way, facts about the Earth’s atmosphere and its influence on climate, the circulation and flow of the ocean, and the ocean’s astonishing capacity to purify carbon dioxide. The film provides a valuable opportunity to learn about the climate and environment before actually entering the exhibition sections of the pavilion.
Temperature changes in the Antarctic are extremely drastic. In the Blizzard section, you can experience this phenomenon yourself as you navigate your way through a simulated blizzard amid a temperature drop of between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius below zero and strong gusts of wind blowing at 40 to 80 meters per second. You will really feel like you’re in the Antarctic!
The 4 meter-high glacier and ice shelf, created through Korea’s highly advanced technology, is the highlight of the Arctic Ice Adventure Room. Visitors can touch the ice, which actually feels cold, and see virtual polar bears and their cubs in multidimensional images projected throughout the space, giving the true feeling of the Arctic. The sound and lighting effects make this experience even more realistic.
The average summer temperature in the Arctic, which used to be 5 degrees Celsius above zero, has now risen to between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius above zero due to global warming. This has thrown the Arctic environment into extreme peril, resulting in melting glaciers, a suffering ecosystem, and already endangered polar bears being pushed into extinction. In the Arctic Ice Adventure Room, visitors have the opportunity to think about ways to prevent global warming.
The Panoramic Theater is the main space of the Climate & Environment Pavilion and effectively conveys the pavilion’s serious themes. The floor, walls, and ceiling of the space are used as projection screens for fantastic multidimensional images, which are brought even more to life with outstanding lighting and sound effects.
Visitors begin their journey in the Arctic where realistic images of polar bears are projected in the space. The polar bears act as guides in this section, leading visitors on a journey from the Arctic to the Amazon jungle, Southeast Asia, the American continent, and the South Pacific. Stories of the ways global warming can impact these regions are told through dramatic images and sound.
The Arctic in particular is the focus here, since it is the region most sensitive to climate change. The space uses compelling images to make us confront the ocean acidification, marine ecosystem destruction and climatic disasters that could result in the Arctic if global warming is left unchecked. Have you ever wondered what would happen to polar bears if the Arctic glaciers melted away completely? Here you can find the answer to that important question.