The host country of the Olympic Games in 1988,… followed by the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
South Korea,… is now pushing to host the World Expo in the country's second largest city Busan,… in 2030.
If successful ,.. South Korea will become only the seventh country in the world to have hosted all three major global events.
"To this end, our proposed theme for World Expo 2030 Busan is 'Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future'."
Why Busan of all cities in Korea?
The city's mayor says it has a lot to offer.
"Today, Busan is Korea's second-largest city, and a northern Asian gateway, easily accessible by air, rail, and sea. And our port is the second-largest transshipment and the seventh busiest container port in the world."
Another strength is the city's experience of hosting major global events,… like the APEC summit in 2005.
Mayor Park also added that Busan is also well-known for its soft power.
It's where big festivals,… like the Busan International Film Festival, take place,.. and a popular tourist spot that attracts more than 40 million visitors annually.
And South Korea's world-famous boyband BTS is serving as ambassadors for the event.
Although they're on a temporary break, the group is set to hold a concert to help the country bring the World Expo to Busan.
Making Busan the host city is one of South Korea's core national agenda items.
The expo is a global gathering of nations.
It provides a platform where countries come together to not only share the latest cultural and technological developments,.. but also to solve pressing issues.
Getting the opportunity to stage such a huge event has a significant impact on the host country, socially and economically.
According to the Korean government, the Expo is expected to generate economic effects worth 49 billion U.S. dollars and 500-thousand jobs.
Less than a year and half remains until the winning country is selected by the Bureau International des Expositions.
Until then, South Korea will have to continue rallying support from the international community.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.