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1998 Gyeongju World Culture Expo

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Key Outcomes

  • Paradigm shift from industry to culture as the first cultural exposition.
    • At the turning point that opens the 21st century, the Gyeongju EXPO was the first cultural fair held at the level of local government, marking a major milestone in cultural history
  • Through the establishment of a development base for the culture and tourism industry by establishing a place for world cultural exchange
    • Gyeongju becomes the starting point for human culture in the New Millennium (Gyeongju Cultural Declaration)
  • Promotion of international status and diplomacy through 24 national day events.
    • Delegates from leading domestic and international media and participating countries reached the consensus that 'Korea is opening a new era of culture'
  • Improvement of stagnant economic and social atmosphere after the Asian Financial Crisis
    • In the midst of an economic crisis, the successful event contributed to the promotion of national morale and the transformation of the economic and social atmosphere
  • Activation of cultural exchanges between Yeongnam-Honam regions and the establishment of opportunities for national dialogue.
    • Sister region troupe performances: 14 cities/provinces with 17 groups
    • Sister region relationships between Jeollabuk-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Gyeongju development and expansion of infrastructure facilities for Gyeongju development
    • the expansion of Cheongun-ro and Bomun-ro, nations funds of (55 billion KRW)
  • Gyeongju now recognized as a center of international cultural exchange by major domestic and international personnel attending the event.
    • Domestic leaders: President, Prime Minister, former Presidents and Ministers
    • Overseas leaders: Former UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar (Peru), Yangmun Chang, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China
  • Promotion of local culture and provision of an opportunity for local residents to experience a high level of cultural richness.
    • Improve creative ability of local culture artists through performance festivals
    • Gyeongju Citizen Participation provides city residents with an opportunity to experience cultural richness
  • Economic ripple effect through the Expo (Research paper of the Daegu Gyeongbuk Development Institute)
    • Production inducement effect: 255.4 billion won, employment inducement : 25 thousand people, income increase effect: 92.4 billion won