This summer S Korea hosted the World Expo with the theme “Living Ocean.” The organization of this worldwide event was absolutely superb. Even non-Korean speaking visitors were able to attend the event with no difficulties: information, accommodation, transportation accessibility was in abundance. After the closing fireworks (10:30 pm) visitors hardly had to wait for any shuttle busses to take them to hotels and parking lots, even though there were over 10,000 visitors at any given time. Lines for shuttle buses were as far as an eye could see.
However, since this Expo attracted 8 million visitors from May 12 till August 12, the crowds were enormous despite of 100 degree F temperatures. Walking in a crowd is always difficult; walking in a crowd in Korea is strenuous. During mid-day, Korean families spread some floor mats or, in some cases, newspapers and simply laid down for siesta after eating lunch. Benches were scarcely found for hours during that time. Yet, this did not shorten the lines to pavilions of individual countries, which were between 20 minutes and up to 2 hours in some cases. The Aquarium that boasted 38,000 kinds of fish set the records in lines: 5 hours or more.
This is a photo journal of some pavilions that we were able to access. Most of our visit remained undocumented since video exhibits were the prevailing kind of delivering information regarding ocean conservation and ocean exploration.
Enjoy what we have!