Our bus departed early from Seoul and headed south toward Yeosu, a small coastal city in southern Jeollanam province. While the area has generally been associated more with agriculture and less with tourism, it has seen its fair share of development since winning the bid for the 2012 Expo.
When we arrived, I was immediately impressed by the grand scale of it all. Immense modern structures towered high in the sky next to interesting contemporary buildings constructed on or near the water. Crowds had already lined up for many of the attractions (particularly the aquarium) and there was a festive feeling in the air.
We had been partnered off into teams to accomplish various "missions"- mostly taking photographs with different things at the expo- but my teammate, Marie, and I decided food was our first priority. We headed in the direction of the international pavilion after watching a mime performance and quickly located the food court. We were a bit let down by the selection offered and settled on a pre-made bento box. We later regretted our choice when we learned that some of the countries' pavilions, including Singapore, India, and Turkey, sold food items.
A huge LCD screen covered the entirety of this walkway. On it, a mosaic image of a whale made up of pictures of expo visitors swam across the screen.
We noticed large crowds gathering by the "Big O" and decided to check it out. A water show had begun by the time we arrived. Water shot out of the monstrous O shaped steel structure while stuntmen performed tricks on jet skis and a man came out of no where on a water powered jet pack. It was all very futuristic and entertaining. We were amused.
jultagi, a traditional Korean tightrope act. We had our names written in Arabic by a representative at the Yemen booth, tried some rum with a friendly citizen of Guyana, and snapped a photo with a man donned in a peacock costume near Cambodia before meeting up with the rest of the K-Supporters for the K-pop concert.
The 2012 Yeosu Expo was definitely worth checking out and offers visitors all sorts of fun in one location. As it was a bit hectic during the weekend, it is recommended that visitors plan their trip during the week. Two days is the recommended time to see the expo, as there is really so much to do and experience. For more information, check out this website.