Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yeosu EXPO 2012 (Part 2)

expo Most Koreans are filled with anticipation of the Yeosu EXPO 2012. The Yeosu Expo provides an opportunity to enhance the international community’s awareness of the function and value of the ocean, share knowledge on the proper use of the ocean and recognize the need for cooperation in the marine sector.

The Yeosu EXPO has a good purpose, but there are some problems. One problem is the International Pavilion, which is one of the most popular attractions. The International Pavilion is comprised of exhibitions from countries in individual national pavilions and booths. However, some countries did not prepare well and some pavilions only want to earn money by using the EXPO. Not only in the Saudi Arabian pavilion, but also in the Peruvian pavilion, there are no exhibitions about the ocean. They are only selling Peruvian seafood in the Peruvian pavilion.

“I think, the International Pavilion is the best but some pavilions did not look good. I don’t know why they only recommend buying their food or souvenirs. Also their souvenirs are so expensive! When foreigners see that, it is very shameful,” said Lee Su young, a visitor from Seoul.

Jason Park, a tourist from Australia, mentioned, “I study abroad in Australia and I came here to see the Yeosu EXPO. The EXPO has a lot to see. There are many performances like the Water bike show. I love it, but the Aquarium and some of the International Pavilion did not meet my expectations. When I went to some pavilion, I said ‘That’s it? Oh, I was really disappointed’ The EXPO seems to only focus on appearance.”

The EXPO organizing committee determined only their sections and they do not care about the individual international pavilions. Many visitors who want to understand the importance of the ocean are disappointed. If the EXPO wants to be considered a great success, the committee has to solve these problems.

Staff writer Cha SuJi.


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