National pavilions draw large crowds at Yeosu Expo
YEOSU, South Jeolla Province (Yonhap) -- National pavilions that highlight ongoing efforts by humanity to harmonize with the marine environment have drawn large crowds at the ongoing 2012 Yeosu Expo, organizers for the event said Saturday.
Organizers for the exposition that will run till Aug. 12 said on average more than 10,000 visitors have toured Korea's national pavilion with it massive dome screen. The screen gives visitors the impression of flight and gliding through the sea.
The Australian pavilion is also a favorite, drawing in over 7,000 visitors per day by giving people a chance to see colorful images of the Great Barrier Reef off the country's eastern coast.
It has also reserved a space so people can try kangaroo meat.
At the U.S. pavilion, operators have set up a 21.7-meter screen to show the brilliance and diversity of marine life, while Russia has brought detailed replicas of its ice breakers, deep sea submersibles and tools and equipment used to explore the North Pole.
Organizers also said that Japan has displayed many of its world-leading maritime technologies and used animation, visual effects and real displays to show the impact that last year's killer earthquake and tsunami had on the country.
Other national pavilions that have attracted attention from visitors are the Chinese and Thai buildings.
The global fair is being held on a 250,000-square meter site located in the port of Yeosu, 455 kilometers south of Seoul on the country's southern coast.
The fair recognized by the Paris-based Bureau of International Exhibitions is focused on highlighting the important role the ocean and coast play in everyday life and the need to live in harmony with the world's marine environment.