Here are some more scenes from last Saturday’s mass rehearsal. This is the main hall of the International Pavilion, looking toward the Main Gate, which was packed with people waiting in line to get in. When I first got to the Expo around 10 a.m., I saw the looooong lines and decided to walk around to the gate near the train station, where the lines were much shorter. The individual country pavilions are located under the curving, grass-covered slopes to the left and the right. There are a couple more pavilion blocks to the sides, closer to the camera, but out of the picture.
If you look closely at the above shot, you might be able to spot a rather larger-than-life sized family in the middle of the pavilion. Walking down to the area gives a good look at them. Because of the similarity to the “Spyglass Lady” sitting on the Organizing Committee building (see her here), I assume they are both works by the same artist. (And I think they’re both great!)
There are four entrance gates into the Expo, and here’s a look at Gate 4, the Expo Town Gate. The other entrance gates are the Main Gate, Odongdo Gate, and the Train Station gate.
Walking out of the International Pavilion gives you a good view of much of the Expo, including, clockwise from upper left, the Theme Pavilion, the MVL Hotel with the Marine City and Civilization Pavilion in front of it, the Big O, the Aquarium, and, at the bottom, the Amphitheater on the Ocean Plaza. The reddish-brown walkway just to the right of the Big O leads to the Floating Stage.
The Amphitheater is the place to be during the day, as far as performances go. There are going to be many street performers and other entertainment taking place here, as well as in other areas around the site. Last Saturday saw a trio of stilt walkers putting in a couple of appearances, delighting the crowd of youngsters with their juggling and dancing, and posing for pictures with the kids.
I also caught the tail-end of another much larger performance with costumed dancers and Who Knows What Else, since I only got there in time to see the exit. Part of the entourage of performers leaving the area was this huge puppet, operated by a winch-and-cable system. I’ll have to be sure to check this performance out the next time I’m there.
I’ve decided to buy a season pass since there are so many interesting and “hidden” things to see and do that I’ll easily get my money’s worth. I don’t have classes until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so it’ll be nice to wake up in the morning and decide, on the spur of the moment, to go to the Expo for 3 or 4 hours. Hopefully, then, I’ll have a lot more to say and show about the Expo as the summer goes on. I’m definitely going to try to attend the Opening Day ceremonies this coming Saturday, May 12th. So, more later.