Monday, May 21, 2012

International Pavilion at Yeosu Expo

I have friends who asked me what can they do in an expo...and why do people talk a lot about it. To be honest, I never knew anything about expos too if I did not visit Shanghai Expo last 2010. I think there's no need to pretend you know something about the event but I would say it's worth visiting. Going back to the question above, I normally answer them with "It's like visiting Disneyland or Everland (in Korea)." Literally it's a fair but in a world/global scale. There are many rides in Disneyland but in expo's case there are many pavilions. What you can see in the pavilions and to the whole expo itself depends on the expo's theme. And this year's host city Yeosu, being a marine port city in the southwestern part of South Korea, the theme is marine ^^ so all pavilions and activities inside the expo are related to the ocean, marine. Anyway, so this entry will be featuring the international pavilion.
International Pavilion "ideally" is the main attraction of an expo and probably the biggest building inside the expo since it is composed of many countries' exhibits.

What to see?
At Yeosu Expo, countries show visitors their own marine/ water/ ocean good practices. They try to share what kinds of technologies, practices etc. they do related to marine life, ocean. They also show the diversity or the condition of the ocean that surrounds their country. And of course, they also try to sell some of their own local products. For example, USA's exhibit had an impressive way of telling spectators that being a big country with a long coastline, they have different definitions of ocean. People from different coasts saying "This is my ocean" was pretty catchy line. The Philippine exhibit on the other hand was a simple showcase of the diversity of marine life in the country.

Where to go?
Of course this will always depend on the time you have, your interests and if you're not tired of walking yet. If you happen to start visiting other pavilions then the tendency is that you get tired and probably just prefer to sit. That is why, I personally think you need 2-3 days to fully enjoy the expo. Anyway, back to the international pavilion, some popular country exhibits are Japan, Singapore, Thailand, USA, China, Australia, Russia. I based this on the long line of people waiting outside the exhibit rooms. Of course the line would also depend on the exhibit room schedules, since some country exhibits have short movie showings or have guides who would explain the things inside the room so they need groups as audience. On the other hand, there is no need to fall in line in other country exhibits. The International Pavilion is right in front of the gate from KTX Yeosu Station so you could start your journey with this pav.

More about exhibit rooms and what's more to see

Exhibit room sizes are also different. I don't know why but someone told me it depends on the country's budget. USA, Japan, China have relatively huge exhibit rooms than Malaysia's and Philippines.' "Architectural" designs are also impressive. For me France and Philippines have good interior. Thailand and Cambodia's exterior designs were amazing. It would make you want to get inside their exhibit. My personal favorite is Thailand. Even if you don't get inside yet, it has a big screen outside showing different sites of the country plus a talking "palace guard." There are also many stores and restaurants in the pavilion so you'll never get hungry.

The main reason why countries exhibit at the expo is nation branding. Since world expo is one of the biggest events for many countries happening in one place, together with sports events like Olympics etc. many countries invest a lot of money and effort for this event. So you can expect good and quality presentations. When you visit Yeosu Expo make sure you drop by at International Pavilion ^^

I'll be writing more about the other pavilions at Yeosu Expo in my next entries so stay tuned ^^

1 comment:

  1. Thanks ^^ Now some of my questions are answered hehe