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How to enjoy the global party in Yeosu

A grand global party, Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea, is just two days away. The final dress rehearsal was a success while some 115,000 visitors flocked to the event venue for a glimpse of the international festival. Everything is settled now, and global villagers are waiting for the official opening of its doors.  

 

The final dress rehearsal gathered around 115,000 people at the event venue. (photo courtesy of the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea Organizing Committee).

The final dress rehearsal gathered around 115,000 people at the event venue. (photo courtesy of the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea Organizing Committee).

The exhibition site is filled with a variety of attractions including the Big Four -- the Big-O, Sky Tower, the Aquarium, and the Digital Gallery -- and a total of 76 exhibitions with some equipped with experimental facilities to showcase the past, present, and future of the sea. Roughly 8,000 cultural performances and events will also welcome the festival participants. The Expo Organizing Committee advised visitors to allocate their time wisely when planning a tour since 70 hours will be required to see everything the Expo offers. It will be wise to make their own must-see lists depending on their preferences, and consider waiting time and the time required to move from one facility to another.

Taking into account the position of major facilities, the featured content in each pavilion, and tips given by staff members of the Expo, the Organizing Committee recommended three different route themes; for families, couples, and business experts.

Families
[ Entry -- OCBPA (Ocean & Coast Best Practice Area) - International Organization Pavilion - DSME Marine Robot Pavilion - Fisheries Experience Zone - Energy Park - International Pavilion - Climate & Environment Pavilion - Marine Life Pavilion (Aquarium) - The Big-O (multimedia show) ]

The course designed for families includes some educational content and experimental facilities to awaken the interest of kids and adolescents.

The OCBPA situated on the second floor of Theme Pavilion introduces the world’s best knowledge, technology, and knowhow in the marine industry, giving a special focus on the 13 best examples. The experiential analogue exhibition hall also prepares academic seminars and marketing events where 13 corporate and research centers will discuss substantive issues and present imaginary scenarios for students and experts to follow.

“This pavilion is filled with educational content, so adolescents are recommended to make a stop here,” said Kang Hyun-joo, manager of OCBPA. “The hall provides a space for them to engage in a discussion with expositors and all of their inquiries will be answered.”

 73 fish-themed robots will be on display at the Robot Pavilion. They will sing and dance and display human-like facial expressions (photo: Yonhap News).

73 fish-themed robots will be on display at the Robot Pavilion. They will sing and dance and display human-like facial expressions (photo: Yonhap News).


The DSME Marine Robot Pavilion is expected to enjoy high popularity unparalleled in the Big Four, the highlights of the Expo. Visitors are able to see, touch, and feel the marine robots displayed in the hall. Zone 2, presenting a soccer game played by robots, will help visitors understand the current progress of the robot industry.

“The DSME Marine Robot Pavilion, one of the must-see facilities chosen by the Korea Tourism Organization, is equipped with excellent educational and visual tools,” explained a spokesperson on the Expo Organizing Committee. “The robots will be transferred back to DSME Corporation to continue the display.”

With just a few days to go, the 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea is set to impress world citizens (Photo: Yonhap News).

With just a few days to go, the 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea is set to impress world citizens (Photo: Yonhap News).


Couples
[ Entry - Korea Pavilion - Aquarium - Energy Park - Sky Tower - The Big-O (fountain show) - International Pavilion - Marine Civilization & City Pavilion - The Big-O (multimedia show) ]

The route for couples and youths is set to offer them a chance to enjoy the beautiful and open scenery of the sea which will make the their hearts flutter.

The Big Four has been gaining high popurity from the world-renowned media outlets (photo courtesy of the 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea).

The Big Four has been gaining high popurity from the world-renowned media outlets (photo courtesy of the 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea).


The route consists of major thematic facilities. Sky Tower, the tallest structure at the venue, will function as an observation deck where visitors will enjoy breathtaking views of the entire city. The open space of the Big-O will act as the main stage for multimedia shows, marine shows, and water performances. On weekends, all of the hottest K-pop stars, actors, and actresses will get on stage and some foreign superstars and artists will perform to excite the Expo visitors.

The International Pavilion contains exhibitions of 105 countries, allowing a quick globe-trotting trip. Visitors can experience the culture of some countries rarely receiving global attention such as Tuvalu and Kiribati in the South Pacific regions. The participating countries also run restaurants on the second floor of the pavilion where travelers are able to taste regional specialties and socialize with global citizens to extend their network.

Business people
[Entry - Corporate Pavilion - The Big-O (marine shows) - Theme Pavilion - OCBPA - Marine Industrial & Technology Pavilion - Local Governments Pavilion - International Pavilion - the Big O (multimedia show) ]

This route is effectively comprised of programs presenting the theme of the Expo, marine technology, and multifarious efforts for green growth and future plans.

The Marine Industrial & Technology Pavilion emphasizes the importance of marine science and technology. It places emphasis on cultivation of the seaweed-related industry, considering it a potential alternative to land resources. A video depicting the transformation of seaweed into a material for a new source of energy, smart materials, and medicinal products will be projected on the screen to raise public awareness of the environmentally friendly use of ocean resources. The Marine Craft, a vehicle made by seaweed, will present a future model.

 Yeosu Expo is one of the world's three greatest festivals of this year. It is a good way to see how humanity is exploring ways to coexist with the sea and create a better future (photo courtesy of the 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea).

Yeosu Expo is one of the world's three greatest festivals of this year. It is a good way to see how humanity is exploring ways to coexist with the sea and create a better future (photo courtesy of the 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea).


To avoid long queues and maximize the time at the Expo venue, careful planning seems essential. In addition, the Organizing Committee expected that visitors can reduce waiting time to less than 30 minutes when they make a reservation at some pavilions running the system.

The Expo Organizing Committee also added that multimedia shows, marine shows, and laser shows interplaying with water at the main stage of the Big-O will take place every night to delight people of all ages. It provides a reason to stay in Yeosu for more than just a single day.

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By Lee Seung-ah
Korea.net Staff Writer

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