The world’s largest international fair in 2012, Expo 2012 Yeosu has opened in Korea on May 12. Last Sunday, 27 May the Australian Pavilion hosted Australian national day at the Expo and had the opportunity to show the world what Australia has to offer. With famous international model Jessica Gomez, pop sensation Jessica Mauboy and several other Australian performers they shone the light on the Australian pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu.
The Australian pavilion has won popular appraisal from visitors who are warmly welcomed by ‘Alpy’ the mascot, an Australian little penguin. The theme of the Australian pavilion is ‘In Harmony with the Ocean’ where visitors can learn and enjoy many aspects of Australia’s high environmental, scientific and technical capabilities in marine conservation and its commitment to sustainable development of our vast natural resources.
Expo 2012 Yeosu runs for three months until the 12th August. The Expo is drawing great interest from international visitors to its pavilions. From the world’s first off-shore exhibition hall to Korea’s largest aquarium and an International Pavilion which houses Australia’s exhibition hall to the ‘Big O’, a 43metre tall structure over water is drawing great interest from around the world.
The ‘Big O’ is the place to enjoy the beautiful fountain show that features the world’s first hologram video technology. The ‘Big O’ is an oval shaped steel structure that has an enclosed water screen that shows videos, while the outer rim is installed with devices that produce water jets, mist, flames, lights, lasers etc.
The Expo Digital Gallery is where Korea’s world first digital technology shines, a giant LED display covers the entire ceiling and walls of the main street of the Expo site. Through diverse exhibitions, the Digital Gallery aims to highlight the importance of nature to humanity.
The amazing structure of the world’s first pavilion to be built offshore is the Theme Pavilion exhibition with the theme of the Expo ‘The Living Ocean and Coast’. Different images of the five oceans are shown on the 20 metre long video wall display and the half moon five metre diameter video screen creating an amazing underwater experience.
The Korean pavilion built in the shape of a ‘taeguk’ or yin-yang symbol features an exhibition hall showcasing various media presentations using digital and analogue technologies and a media hall showing films about the future of Korea’s role in the global marine industry.
The Aquarium/Marine Life Pavilion at over six thousand square metres is the largest in Korea where visitors can observe rare marine life like beluga whales, Baikal seals and penguins etc.