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March 2012 Yeosu Expo Photos

Lately I’ve been busier than expected with work, that unwelcome intrusion into my life; thus it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so, sorry about that. I and a couple of other teachers have been given a new course to teach, the Yeosu Tour Guide course, in which some of the citizens of Yeosu who are volunteering at the Expo want to improve their English speaking skills. Most of them are not bad English speakers, but we’ve been given the task of increasing their fluency. I’ve also spent many more hours than I had expected proofreading the paper that I mentioned in a previous post. We’ve also had a few teacher/admin meetings to endure, and, of course, daily living intrudes. Hopefully, I’ll be posting more often, especially now that the opening of the Expo nears.

I took a walk around the Expo site last Saturday and there have been some small, but interesting additions to the area. Work seems to be proceeding well at the site, and it appears that on May 12th, the opening day, everything will be good to go. Here, then, are a few photos of the progress.

Here are a few shots from the back entrance to the Expo from a bit higher vantage. The first is of the Big O, the centerpiece of the Expo, followed by a view of the hotel, which now sports its name on the upper floors, the MVL Hotel. I’ll write another post about the hotel soon.

The Big O and surrounding area

The Big O

The MVL Hotel

MVL Hotel

Here’s a shot of the Theme Pavilion taken from near the railway station.

Theme Pavilion

Theme Pavilion

I love how many of the buildings and their surroundings reflect the oceanic theme of the Expo. You can see how the Theme Pavilion mimics ocean waves, and other areas bring to mind the sailing ships of yore that made Yeosu a port of call.

The International Pavilion Entrance

Railway Station Entrance to the International Pavilion

Expo shelter areas

Expo Shelter Areas

One of the last venues to be constructed has been the Corporate Pavilion (I think–the map I have doesn’t quite match up with the area). Here is some front and back construction on the the building, which is located near the railway station, behind the Sky Tower.

Expo Corporate Pavilion

Rear of Expo Corporate Pavilion

Expo Corporate Pavilion

Work on the front side of the Corporate Pavilion

I finally managed to be in the right place at the right time to capture an image of the KTX “bullet” train at the Expo railway station. Here it is, waiting to zoom its way to Seoul and destinations in between.

KTX Bullet Train

KTX Bullet Train

As I walked down the road near the railway station, I couldn’t help notice my Favorite Expo Lady, gazing out to sea with her spyglass.

Lady with spyglass in front of apartments

Spyglass Lady

A shot from near, I believe, the Korea pavilion.

Korea pavilion sculpture

Korea Pavilion Sculpture

And another shot of the Big O.

The Big O at Expo 2012

The Big O and the Theme Pavilion at Expo 2012

Here’s a close up panorama shot of the area around the Big O showing the floating stage and the seating areas. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view. Discerning viewers may be able to make out the seam where I “stitched” a couple of photos together to make this shot. I used the Canon Photo Stitch software to do this and I was quite surprised that the result turned out so well, especially since I didn’t take the two photos with the intention of making a panorama shot. I took the shots from the side of the Jasan Park hill and zeroed in on the area at 200mm with my 55-250 Canon zoom lens.

Big O panorama photo

Big O Panorama

Finally, taken from the same Jasan Park area, an overview of the Expo site, a view that I always try to get when I’m in the area. If you want, you can go back through some of my older posts and check out the differences since construction began.

An overview of the 2012 Expo

Expo 2012 March 17 Overview

In my next post, hopefully coming tomorrow, I’ll comment on and try to offer some solutions to The Big Problem associated with the Expo (in my opinion) –accomodations in Yeosu. Stay tuned for that.

4 Comments

  1. Are you in Yeosu? And you’re a Griz fan? Grew up in Bozeman, went to school at UM, live in Yeocheon now. Great snaps man, hope to see you around.
    -Chris

  2. montanaron

    April 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Hi, Chris. Thanks for reading the blog and for the kind comment. Yeah, I’m in Yeosu–I teach at the University and, yes, I’m a Griz fan. I just read your blog and enjoyed your writing; I’m gonna add it to my RSS feed. Hope to see you around Yeosu some day.

  3. Ann(daeja kim)

    May 2, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Hi,Ron
    Thank you very much everything. I will miss you.The pictures is very good.
    I think You are a very excellent camerman.^^Ann (Dae ja kim)

  4. Ann(daeja kim)

    May 2, 2012 at 12:31 am

    ^^

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