A world expo is a global exhibition held on a universal platform to promote international relationships and exchange ideas in every field- science, arts or economics. The first World Fair is said to have been hosted by London in the year 1851. It was to display inventions from around the world and was more of an industrial fair. Ever since, world expos have become the podium for International branding and entertainment people from around the world.
World Expo 2012 is being held in Yeosu, Korea. The exhibition site is on the ocean front, adjacent to the Odong Island and overlooking the Marine national park.
About 106 countries from all the continents are expected to take part in this world fair. This grand event is estimated to attract at least 8 million visitors during this time. At least 9 international organizations are taking part in this fair; United Nations, FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) and convention on biodiversity to name a few.
World Expo 2012 has a unique theme this time – ‘The Living Ocean and Coast’; it means to safe guard our marine ecosystems, a link to the well-being of mankind. It includes three sub-themes: Coastal development and preservation, New resources technology and Creative Maritime activities. These themes will be represented in separate thematic zones created exclusively at this gigantic expo.
The outcomes or the impact of World expo 2012 are expected to be manifold :
The government of Korea has developed an exclusive township along the coast for the expo and after the expo, will be retained as an eco-friendly marine village dedicated solely for research on marine environment.