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What to Do With the Expo Grounds

It’s been raining cats and dogs here in Yeosu for several days, including 3 inches yesterday and more than 5 inches since midnight (and a typhoon is heading our way–more on that later), so I haven’t been out to the Expo site to see what kind of de-construction is going on. I’m sure some of the pavilions have been taken down, but the aquarium is open to the public, if you’re willing to pay the 20,000 won admission fee.

There’s been a lot of speculation about how best to use the site. The consensus I’ve gathered from various news articles and websites is that the grounds are to be used as an ocean tourist resort, with shopping malls and international restaurants. We’ll have to wait and see about that.

At least, though, the Expo site is being used right now. Tomorrow night the 14th Korea-China Music Festival will be held at the Expo Digital Gallery and will feature several K-Pop and Chinese pop singers and groups. I hope there’s a good turnout for this, but I wonder how many people will make the trek from the larger cities, like Seoul and Busan. I might go down there tomorrow night not to see the concert, but to check out the crowd.

I’m really hopeful that the site will be put to good use and maintained. It’ll be a great addition to Yeosu, and, hopefully, will draw people to the area, helping the local economy.

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