Korean City Guides: Expo 2012 in Yeosu
Expo 2012 Yeosu 여수
Yeosu in South Jeolla Province on the southern coast of South Korea is the host city of EXPO 2012 and is anticipating around eight million visitors from over 100 countries to visit the Expo site. The 2012 Expo will run from May 12 to August 12, 2012 and will include exhibits from 103 countries and 8 international organizations.
The theme of EXPO 2012, which reflects the city of 300,000 people's location on the sea, is about all things marine with the official title: "The Living Ocean and Coast" with sub-themes of "Preservation and Sustainable Development of the Ocean and Coast," "New Resources Technology," and "Creative Marine Activities."
The Theme Pavilion, is the main pavilion at the site expressing the 2012 Expo theme of "The Living Ocean and Coast" and is the first offshore pavilion ever built in Korea. Other marine-themed structures include the Giant Clam, The Living Ocean, The Value of the Sea, Sea under Threat, Co-existence between the Sea and Humans and Future Lives of Human Beings and the Sea in a Happy Co-Existence.
The Korea Pavilion is designed in a Taegeuk pattern and is dedicated to a future vision of Korea as maritime nation. Spectacular videos and performances are staged on the maritime theme to entertain visitors.
The Japan Pavilion has as a major theme the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent tsunami as well as the recovery operation now underway.
The USA Pavilion is dedicated to marine research and environmental protection with the themes of "Diversity, Wonder and Solutions."
The German Pavilion (Seavolution) has exhibits on coasts incorporating a classic German beach scene with information on environmentally friendly shipping, offshore wind farms, tsunami warning systems and tidal power generation.
Also 56 developing countries will jointly present exhibits in three ocean sections (Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean).
Korea's major corporations: Hyundai, GS Caltex, LG, Lotte, POSCO, Samsung and SK Telecom all have their own impressive pavilions, again emphasizing marine, IT, shipbuilding and green-growth eco-industries.
Places to stay in Yeosu
Yeosu abounds with motels, around 150 with many around the harbour, and apart from the busiest times, visitors should be able to turn up and get a reasonably priced room there and then. There are a number of 'tourist hotels' such as the Narsha Tourist Hotel that offer various levels of comfort.
City Park Resort, Drive-In Palace Hotel, Hotel EJ, The Ocean Resort, Hotel Tiffany and Hotel Chambord are all recommended.
Getting to Yeosu
-The quickest way is to fly from Gimpo Airport on the western side of Seoul to Yeosu Airport, just north of the city. The flight takes around 30 minutes and there are 12 a day.
-There are regular train services from Seoul's Yongsan Station (not Seoul Station). The quickest of these is the KTX that takes around three and a half hours. There are other types of trains that will take longer.
-By bus, head to the giant Express Bus Terminal in southern Seoul and hop on the bus - bus travel in Korea is popular, cheap and usually very comfortable. It should take around five hours. Yeosu is around four hours from Busan.
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