The OCBPA Visual
Achievements and visions for our oceans and coasts


Located on the second floor of the Theme Pavilion, the Ocean and Coast Best Practice Area (OCBPA) is a key space of the Expo site that introduces the world’s best ocean and coast-related policies, technologies, knowledge and products, with the aim of spurring the development of the world’s economy, science, industry and technology through such practices. The OCBPA is host to a variety of academic and other events and displays rare specimens collected from around the world, and actual marine observation equipment.
Best Ocean Practices and New Visions
Operating hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
200 persons
Approximate tour time
30 minutes
Exhibition sections
Cone 1 → Lobby 1 → Cone 2 → Lobby 2 → Cone 3 → Communication Lab
How to best enjoy the OCBPA?
The OCBPA introduces the outstanding outcomes of marine research initiatives led by firms, research institutes and other organizations, and presents the global ocean preservation efforts of various countries including France, England, the United States, and Japan. The exhibits here shed light on the importance of being proactive in research that can lead to ocean and coast preservation since, as these cases prove, the results offer wide benefits for both humans and the environment.

Marine Observation(The Ocean, Earth’s Future) Cone 1

Marine Observation(The Ocean, Earth’s Future) Cone 1
The ocean accounts for roughly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and is closely intertwined with human life. This site gives you the opportunity to discover human efforts to improve life through marine observation and handle real marine observation equipment.
The Ocean and the Future of the Earth (IOC/UNESCO, France)
Displays major marine observation equipment such as Argo, buoy and glider, impressing upon visitors the importance of marine observation in studying and forecasting weather anomalies and climate change, and in conducting research on marine ecosystems.
Marine Observation (The Ocean, Earth’s Future) Cone 1
Marine Observation(The Ocean, Earth’s Future) Cone 1
Marine Observation Equipment through Time (POGO, Britain)
Presents the development of marine observation equipment from the 1700s to the present and the characteristics and uses of such equipment. Visitors can learn about the reason for variations in ocean color and experience the equipment directly, feeling pressure changes according to ocean depth, hearing various ocean sounds, and learning about how far light can travel in the ocean.
Marine Observation (The Ocean, Earth’s Future) Cone 1
Marine Observation(The Ocean, Earth’s Future) Cone 1
Deep Sea Exploration for the Origin of Life on Earth (JAMSTEC, Japan)
The deep ocean hydrothermal vents discovered through the cutting-edge technology of the manned submersible “Shinkai 6500” are spotlighted here, captured in a diorama presentation. Amazingly, life thrives in these vents even though the water temperature exceeds 350 degrees Celsius and there is no light. Visitors can observe the peculiar species that call these waters home, such as sea crabs with no eyes, and learn about ongoing research and achievements. Visitors will come away from this exhibit with a greater appreciation of the pioneering spirit of humankind, whose fascination with the ocean has never waned.

Marine Industry and Technology (Blue Economy) Lobby 1

Marine Industry and Technology(Blue Economy) Lobby 1
Marine Industry and Technology(Blue Economy) Lobby 1
This site highlights the value and advancement of the ocean and marine technology in the marine industries of Korea and other countries through highly accessible visual media. In particular, it emphasizes wise utilization and preservation of our oceans and coasts. Korean companies’ technological advances in LNG processing and desalination as alternative solutions to energy and water shortages are explained in detail here.
The Power of Nature: Energy through Tidal Power (K water, Korea)
Introduces the principles of the tidal power plant, in particular the eco-friendly Shihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant and its contribution to the restoration of the lake’s ecosystem through a film.
Nothing is Impossible! The Ocean’s Endless Potential (STX Europe/RCI, Europe/United States)
Introduces the technology employed for the building of “Oasis,” the world’s largest cruise ship, and the advanced technology utilized for marine environment conservation. Visitors can enjoy a virtual experience of the cruise ship through various films that bring you aboard the boat.
World’s First Floating LNG Plant (Samsung Heavy Industries, Korea)
Processing LNG used to require several steps. Natural gas had to be cooled to a certain temperature first, after which it was moved to land and liquefied at a liquefaction plant. From there it was either stored in tanks or sent through pipelines. The LNG_FPSO developed in 2008 by Samsung Heavy Industries, the world’s first, is a new concept marine facility that completely transformed this process by allowing each stage to be completed in one location, on the ocean. The exhibit here highlights the impressive LNG-based ocean terminals created by Samsung Heavy Industries through its own, original advanced technology.
A Water Shortage Solution: Seawater Desalination (Doosan Heavy Industries, Korea)
Humankind is now facing a severe water shortage – an urgent situation that calls for a rapid and effective solution. Desalination technology has the potential to be this solution, since it can convert salt water – which accounts for up to 97 percent of the Earth’s water – into fresh water. The digital cube in this exhibit presents Doosan Heavy Industries’ advanced desalination technology.

Marine Biodiversity (Encounter with Rare Marine Life) Cone 2

Discover the efforts of various nations and global organizations for protecting endangered marine life. Here you can closely observe specimens of various endangered animals like the Galapagos elephant turtle and learn what you can do to protect the environment. As well, don’t miss the exhibit on the results of the Census of Marine Life.
Marine Biodiversity (Encounter with Rare Marine Life) Cone 2
Marine Biodiversity(Encounter with Rare Marine Life) Cone 2
Galapagos Marine Reserve (Charles Darwin Foundation, Ecuador)
Here you can enjoy a film charting the volcanic eruptions on the Galapagos Islands and the academic achievements of Charles Darwin, aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. A sculpture entitled the “Depth of the Galapagos Islands,” which depicts the unique topography of the region, is also on display, as is a specimen of a Galapagos elephant turtle.
Census of Marine Life (CoML, United States)
Features the results of the Census of Marine Life, which shows the existence of extremely diverse marine life in Southeast Asia and East Asia, including Korea. Also displays marine life specimens collected from the deep sea.

Marine Conservation (Safeguard of the Sea) Lobby 2

Marine Conservation(Safeguard of the Sea) Lobby 2
With human survival under threat due to pollution, global warming, water shortages, etc, it is imperative for nations and individuals to take action. This site is designed to raise public awareness of marine pollution and the importance of conservation efforts. Visitors can conduct various experiments using Black Sea Box Education Kit to understand the importance of environmental protection, and think of ways that they may become marine citizens.
Pollution of the North Pacific and Countermeasures (NOWPAP, Korea)
Marine ecosystem deterioration and marine environmental pollution are two of the major threats the North Pacific is facing. This exhibit highlights the efforts of various North Pacific region nations to fight such threats, including their initiative to build a cooperative protective network. You will be shocked by the film showing the marine pollution caused by oil spills and marine waste.
Marine Conservation(Safeguard of the Sea) Lobby 2
Marine Conservation(Safeguard of the Sea) Lobby 2
Measures to Protect the Yellow Sea Ecosystem (YSLME, Korea)
This exhibit proposes various measures that can be taken, including a system that can detect the degree of marine pollution and forecast changes in the ecosystem, for restoration of the Yellow Sea. On display here is a digital tank for integrated multitrophic aquaculture and eco-friendly compatible shrimp aquaculture, exposing visitors to the varied ways we can protect our seas.
Protection of the Black Sea (EDM, Turkey)
The importance of environmental protection and education is emphasized at the exhibit, particularly through the Black Sea Box Education Kit, which highlights efforts to protect the Black Sea, now under threat by nearby nations. Visitors can make their own Black Sea Box Education Kit at the Communication Lab.
Marine Conservation(Safeguard of the Sea) Lobby 2
Marine Conservation(Safeguard of the Sea) Lobby 2
Actions for Becoming Marine Citizens (Nausicaa, France)
Designed for visitors to enhance their sense of responsibility as marine citizens, this exhibit shows a film featuring interviews with citizens who are actively involved in marine conservation activities. It also allows visitors to vote among the 13 best cases on display at the OCBPA and send messages of support to various organizations through the media table.

Curious about something? Ask the Communication Lab!

Curious about something? Ask the Communication Lab!
A special space in the OCBPA, the Communication Lab offers various lectures for visitors to assist them in their understanding of the exhibits and screens various films provided by participating organizations. Visitors can select the films they like in the Information Search Zone.
It features films related to lectures. As lectures are broadcast live worldwide through SNS, all people can enjoy access to them, no matter where they are in the world.
Information Search Zone
If allows visitors to select the films they like among those provided by participating organizations and gain more detailed information about the best practice examples featured at the OCBPA.