Korea Pavilion

Korea Pavilion Visual
Capturing the Maritime Spirit of Korea

Korea Pavilion

The Korea Pavilion proudly relates the stories of Korea’s maritime heritage, offers a glimpse into present oceanic research being undertaken in the country, and proposes a vision for Korea’s future in the maritime field. The pavilion’s design was modeled on the elegant taeguk (yin-yang) symbol, which signifies the coming together of opposites – like the land and the sea – in the natural world. The traditional Korean shapes and colors add great beauty to this green building, which is the first in the world to employ a carbon-free hydrogen fuel cell system. The exhibitions here expose visitors to the maritime culture and spirit of the Korean people, who have long lived by a philosophy espousing peaceful co-existence with the ocean, and give many opportunities to appreciate the beauty of Korea’s waters.
The Maritime Spirit and Capacity of Korea: From the Sea of Miracles to the Sea of Hope
Operating hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
500 persons
Approximate tour time
15 minutes
Exhibition sections
Exhibition Hall 1 (Sea of Miracles) → Exhibition Hall 2 (Sea of Hope)
The best way to enjoy the Korea Pavilion
The Korea Pavilion is an exemplary pavilion that represents the theme and spirit of Yeosu Expo. The Korean people subscribe to the philosophy that peaceful coexistence between humans and the ocean is an ideal state of living, and this belief is compellingly presented at the Korea Pavilion. Start at Exhibition Hall 1, Sea of Miracles, where you can experience the Korean people’s respect and admiration of the ocean through videos, dioramas, and the Gang-gang-sulae performance. Move on to Exhibition Hall 2, Sea of Hope, where films on the ocean and environment are screened on the world’s largest dome screen.

Sea of Miracles Exhibition Hall 1

Sea of Miracles Exhibition Hall 1
Sea of Miracles Exhibition Hall 1
Your journey into the maritime culture of the Korean people begins here, at Exhibition Hall 1, where tales of Korea’s past oceanic adventures are told through vivid and exciting videos and stage performances. These are the most impressive exhibits of the Korea Pavilion, adding a refreshing vitality to the exhibition space. Korea’s maritime story is presented in three acts, told through images, videos and live performances.
Act 1 – Experiencing Korea’s Seas
Highlights the maritime culture of the Korean people as represented by sea pines, the archipelago, Darengyi Village, bamboo weirs, salterns, mudflats, children playing at being navy captains, and lights shining from fishing boats at night.
Act 2 – Discovering Korea’s Maritime Spirit
Relates Korea’s long oceanic history from past to present as represented by a female sea shaman; marine life; Jasaneobo, a book on the different types of sea creatures discovered in Korean waters dating back to 1814; the Shilla Dynasty’s famous maritime trader Chang Pogo and his trade ships and historical sea maps; the forced opening of the country to the outside world; and Korea’s island evacuation policy.
Act 3 – Realizing Korea’s Maritime Capacity
Reveals the ocean’s tremendous stature and value as depicted in the famous poem, “From the Sea to the Boy,” by Korean poet Choi Nam-Seon, and highlights the enterprising spirit of the Korean people in the maritime field – past, present and future. Includes a Gang-gang-sulae performance, a traditional Korean dance where people join hands and turn in circles (audience members are encouraged to participate).

Sea of Hope Exhibition Hall 2

Sea of Hope Exhibition Hall 2
Exhibition Hall 2 highlights Korea’s maritime capacity through which it seeks to become a global leader of the future maritime era and contribute to the prosperity of humanity.

Korea’s dynamic future maritime vision comes alive in a seamless screen that integrates the walls and ceilings of the exhibition hall. Videos and images of overwhelming scale are displayed on the world’s largest dome screen (30 meters in diameter, 15 meters in depth) and brought to life with a 12.1-channel sound system.
Dome Screen
With its huge size, the dome screen envelops visitors, making them feel as though they are swimming deep inside the ocean or flying high in the air.
Poong-eo-jae, a ceremonial rite to pray for a big catch, begins with a single ray of light that gradually spreads across the entire dome screen.
Birth of Water Bubbles
Millions of water bubbles are created as visitors gaze up from under the calm water to the boats offering Poong-eo-jae.
Vitality of the Sea
Images of marine creatures, such as stingrays, jellyfish, sardines, halibuts and crabs, come together to create a contemplative and surreal atmosphere.
Tidal Power
Highlights Korea’s efforts to create a cleaner global environment by developing tidal power as an alternative source of green energy.
Seawater Desalination Plant
Korea’s seawater desalination technology provides oases to the thirsty, transforming deserts into green pastures and contributing to world peace. It inspires hope in people suffering due to a lack of water resources.