I’ll have some more pavilion reviews coming soon. Hopefully, I can tell you about the Argentina, Spain, Uruguay, Lithuania and a few other pavilions. Now at the university, were heading into the end-of-semester finals, so I’m going to be quite busy the next few weeks. After that, I’m going to Thailand and Laos for about 10 days and then coming back to Yeosu. Unfortunately, there will be a dry spell on Expo reporting for a couple of weeks during that time. Before I go on vacation, I’ll probably post a few quick reviews of some of the other pavilions. Of course, after around July 7th or so, I’ll pick up the pace again.
I’m going out to the Expo today, and I hope to visit my first pavilion other than an international one. I made a reservation at the Theme Pavilion, so I hope to post a review on that in the next few days.
In order to visit some of the other major pavilions, it’s necessary to make a reservation if you want to visit them before 7 p.m. That system is in place in order to control the huge crowds that want to visit these places. There are 8 pavilions you have to make reservations for, including the Theme Pavilion, Korea Pavilion and Aquarium. A full list and the procedure for making a reservation can be found here.
It’s a fairly simple process, but you must already have a ticket in order to make a reservation. After you buy a ticket at the site, you can make a reservation at one of the many kiosks that are scattered around the Expo site. (If you already have a ticket, you can do it over the Internet or cell phone.) However, I have my doubts that the system actually works. I walked by the Theme Pavilion yesterday just to locate where people with reservations should line up. I didn’t see anything like that at all, just hordes of people waiting to get in. I’ve had others tell me that even with reservations, the waiting time is extremely long. I’ll let you know what happens.
As I’ve said about the international pavilions, go early in the morning if possible, or later in the evening. Attendance seems to be steadily increasing, day by day. Yesterday was quite crowded, even though it was a weekday. International Pavilion lines at some of the major country pavilions (Russia, USA, Thailand, and others) were quite long in the late morning/early afternoon.
Another good option is to catch the performance of the countries who are having their national days on most of the days of the Expo. Yesterday was Ecuador’s national day, and they had an hour-long performance at the Expo Hall, which is attached to the International Pavilion building. The auditorium seats about 800, but it was less than half full. The performance was awesome! Two groups performed; Poder Negro is an African-influenced group and the other group, whose name escapes me at the moment, performs more of an Andean-influenced music. Both groups were tight, energetic crowd pleasers. I’ll have some photos of them soon. You can find out which countries are having national days by going to the Expo home page, then click on Culture and Academics –> Official Event Calendar. I think all of the National Day performances run from 10-11 a.m., but some of them occur twice a day.
OK, I have three classes to teach, starting in about 10 minutes, and then I’m off to the Expo! More later.