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Month: June 2012

Expo 2012 Map

Hi, readers. One of you (thanks, Austin) suggested that I take a photo of the Expo map and post it here. I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing that, but here it is.

Sorry about the delay with the map, though, but I’ve been experiencing a perfect trifecta of events here in Yeosu. First, we’ve been having end-of-the-semester exams–grading, paperwork, etc.; that’s been keeping me pretty busy. Second, I’ve been preparing for my upcoming vacation to Thailand and Laos, cleaning the house and packing. Finally, and this kind of relates to the first item, I’ve been fighting a fierce cold, really bad. I picked it up from a student who coughed right in my face last week during final interview (speaking) exams. I knew it at the time that I was gonna get something; I could just feel that some kind of sickness was on its way. Sure enough, for the last week I’ve been coughing my lungs out and been experiencing fevers and chills and just generally been run down. I leave tomorrow night, Thursday, on the 11 p.m. bus to Incheon Airport, and then fly out of Incheon for Bangkok around 11 a.m. Friday. Geez, it’s gonna be a long day, and I sure as hell hope I’m feeling a bit better soon. It’s quite depressing, of course, to start a vacation feeling like this.

Anyway, here’s the map. The front side shows the Expo site and the back side gives some more useful information. The photo file sizes are quite large (around 900 Kb) in order to keep the resolution high enough to read the fine print. Click on the photo a couple of times to get the full view. They’re not my best effort, but I hope they help.

This will probably be my final post before I leave tomorrow, and I’ll be gone for a couple of weeks. Don’t expect anything before then, please. Once I return to Yeosu with my good friend Nai, we’ll be touring the Expo and probably be spending a few days up in Seoul. I’ll try to get a post or two up while we’re here, but no promises. Once I return for good from vacation, around July 8th, I’ll get going full time again. Please be patient for more later and have a great early summer.

Expo Map Front

Front of the Expo Map

Expo Map Back

Back of the Expo Map

Yeosu Guesthouse

One of the readers of the blog, Mia Jang, added a comment to a much earlier post about Yeosu accomodations. She has a guesthouse not too far from the Expo site (easy walking distance.) Click here to go to the website for the Flying Pig. Looks like a pretty good deal for a dorm-style guesthouse. Thanks, Mia!

Expo Map

One of the blog’s readers posted a comment wondering if I could scan in one of the Expo maps that you can find at the information centers at the site. They’re actually pretty large maps, but despite that, I don’t have access to a scanner. However, you can see layouts of the area at the official Expo site. The English version of the site has several maps, including one of the International Pavilion layout. So, go ahead, click on the links and browse around.

Yeosu Expo 2012-A Few Short Pavilion Reviews

Sorry, readers, that I haven’t posted anything in the past few days. I’ve been very busy with final exams and paperwork at the university, and with doing some badly neglected cleaning of my apartment. My friend Nai, from Laos, is coming to visit in late June-early July, so I’ve got to try to get my small abode spruced up.

I went to the Expo last weekend, of course, and tomorrow, June 6th, is a holiday, South Korea’s Memorial Day, so I’ll go there again. I’ve taken tons of photos, but I just haven’t had time to process them. If you’re looking for some quick reviews, here are a few.

Germany Pavilion–I haven’t been through the pavilion, but there is a separate restaurant right next to the main pavilion, and, in my opinion, it’s one of the best restaurants at the Expo, with delicious German sausages and great German beer. It’s a little pricey, but well worth a visit. Say hello to Sven, one of the waiters. The pavilion itself has long lines during many hours of the day and night, and the restaurant can get crowded, too.

Romania–This is a beautiful two-floor pavilion, with small lines, and a nice, but small, snack bar. There’s a limited selection of Romanian food, but my friends tell me that it’s delicious. There’s seating just outside the restaurant, so it’s a great area to enjoy a meal and do some people watching.

Cambodia–a very interesting pavilion with lots of cultural assets and one of the best gift shops. Full of fabrics, silk, and other goodies. Not too many long lines, but it can get a bit crowded inside. Outside, there are a couple of Cambodian cultural performances at various times during the day. Thumbs up to this one.

Spain–very beautiful inside the dark interior with lit, multicolored, candle-like glass tubes. Culturally, the pavilion features early Spanish exploration of the seas. The highlight is the tapas bar, which you can enter without going through the pavilion. It’s a short walk through, and I’ve noticed long lines at only a few times during the day, though the bar tends to get crowded. It serves food from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and again from 6-9 p.m., but I’m pretty sure you can order drinks during the off time (4-6).

Lithuania–Think amber-LOTS of amber. That’s what this pavilion is all about, along with gems. The pavilion’s color is, what else, amber, and you can view lots of ancient amber with insects and vegetation locked inside. There is also a small snack bar that sells Lithuanian cheese, mead(!), and beer, alongside a pretty decent souvenir shop. Say hello to Justas at the bar. I haven’t seen any long lines here, but even a bit of a wait would be worth it.

Cultural Performances–There are always cultural performances going on somewhere around the site. Most recently, I’ve taken in an hour-long Angola set, featuring traditional drummers and dancers, along with more modern entertainment. Last weekend, I watched a traditional Turkish dance (think of whirling dervishes, though I’m sure they wouldn’t characterize themselves as that) with a great 9-piece band performing on traditional instruments. This was one of the best performances I’ve seen, with the long, flowing white robes on the dancers billowing out like sails as they spun in circles. Other great performances included a Cote d’Ivoire drum-and-dance grooup in the Atlantic Joint Group Pavilion, an Argentinian fusion band in a fantastic show at the Big O, and a Cambodian percussion group outside their pavilion. If the pavilions have anything special going on, they’ll have it posted on signboards outside the pavilion. There are really many things to take in. So, if some of the lines are too long, just take a look around elsewhere–I’m sure you’ll find something interesting.

Sorry about the lack of photos in this post, but I’ll try to get some of them up before I take off on vacation next week to go pick up Nai in Laos. Stay tuned, then, for more later.

Yeosu Expo 2012-Turkey Pavilion

Turkey Pavilion Entrance

Entrance to the Turkey Pavilion

The Turkey Pavilion is definitely worth a visit. It has an interesting dark, blue interior, plenty of cultural assets, a nice gift shop, and a mezzanine-level restaurant that has quite a large menu. Lines can be long at times, but a moderate wait is worth while.

To the right of the photo above, you can see a stand selling Turkish ice cream, thick and creamy, and delicious on a warm day. There are several places scattered around the Expo site that sell this goodie.

Below are a few shots of the interior.

Turkey Pavilion

Turkey Pavilion

Turkey Pavilion

Inside the Turkey Pavilion

Turkey Pavilion

Another Interior Shot of the Turkey Pavilion

Turkey Pavilion

Turkey Pavilion

Just a few of the cultural assets that are scattered around the pavilion.

Turkey Pavilion

Turkey Pavilion

The next two images offer a small sample of what can be bought in the gift shop.

Turkey Pavilion Gift Shop

Turkey Pavilion Gift Shop

Turkey Pavilion Gift Shop

Turkey Pavilion Gift Shop

Here’s the restaurant, located on the mezzanine. Ample seating and a good menu.

Turkey Pavilion Restaurant

Turkey Pavilion Restaurant

And, here’s the menu.

Turkey Pavilion Restaurant Menu

Turkey Pavilion Restaurant Menu

Here’s what I think about the Turkey Pavilion:

Day and Time Visited: Thursday, May 17th at 10:30 a.m.
Interior Design: Very nice layout, good for browsing
Lines: None when I was there, but I’ve seen some long ones at times
Multimedia: video screens
Souvenir Shop: small, but nice, with plenty of vases, plates and related items
Cultural Assets: Enough scattered throughout the pavilion to keep you interested
Restaurant/Bar: A nice restaurant with a good-sized menu. I haven’t eaten there, but others tell me the food is pretty good.
Overall Rating: Very nice pavilion, small enough that you can browse around without spending a lot of time if you’re in a hurry. A good one to visit.

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