Sea Treasures of More than 100 Countries to Come to Yeosu

Yeosu will attract sea treasures from all around the globe. To name a few, there are the original manuscript of ‘The Journal of Hamel,’ the earliest Western written account of Korea to the West; Kaio Maru, a Japanese training schooner; precious coral and pearls from Italy; and rare specimens collected by the Spanish marine research vessel Hesperides.

The Organizing Committee for Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea announced that it started allowing artifacts and materials for exhibitions and performances to enter the Expo site from 104 participating countries participating in Yeosu Expo. Accordingly, the participating countries are now brining in their exhibition items to Yeosu after they were assigned with their exhibition spaces starting from November 1.

Prior to this announcement, the Organizing Committee secured two Expo Warehouses in the Port of Gwangyang (3,000m2) as well as the Central Logistics Center, an underground warehouse in the International Pavilion for 53 sections (5,937 m2). Entire five blocks of the International Pavilion, with its area reaching 55,000 m2, have been specially approved as a Bonded Exhibition Area. As a result, customs clearance and inspection process for brining in and out exhibition items, souvenirs and materials is now streamlined. The Organizing Committee is planning to expand the Bonded Exhibition Area from the International Pavilion alone to the entire Expo site (250,000 m2), taking into account the progress of Expo site construction and the size of participants’ exhibits.

The exhibition items are to be brought in to the venue by the approved forwarders, Korea Express and Hanjin. Deputy Director General Lee, Seok-kyun for Supplies Management of the Organizing Committee said, “Yeosu Expo is a huge international event where 104 countries and 9 international organizations participate. The entire volume of materials to enter the Expo site is good for 200 40-foot containers, which is big enough to fill up an entire soccer field.”