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Yeosu Expo highlights marine conservation efforts

05-14-2012 16:33 BJT

YEOSU, South Korea, May 14 (Xinhua)-- At the Yeosu Expo in South Korea's southern coastal city, long queues of people waiting to enter pavilions set up by participating countries are a common sight.

A total of 104 countries and 10 international organizations are staging exhibitions at the 93-day international event under the theme"The Living Ocean and Coast."

Participants showcase their own technology, culture and products related to the theme with respective pavilions that sit on a 250,000-square-meter site.

The South Korea pavilion displays a future vision of the country as a maritime power, stressing its advanced marine knowledge and technology.

A video highlighting the beautiful scenery of the South Korean seas and the maritime history of the country unfolds on a gigantic screen and dazzles visitors from around the world.

The pavilion also boasts a 30-meter dome screen that has been recognized as the world's largest and that vividly projects moving images of the ocean environment.

The images brought to the screen tell the visitors about South Korea's maritime capabilities and efforts being made to tackle various environmental issues, such as water shortage, by utilizing energy and resources generated from the sea. "I've been to a few pavilions, and the South Korea pavilion is my favorite so far.I felt like I was in the deep sea when I was watching the video on the dome screen," said Jung Chan-mook, an 18-year-old student. "I believe the Yeosu Expo is a good opportunity for South Korea to let the world know about the country's advanced visual media technology."

The China exhibition emphasizes harmony between humankind and oceans with the theme "One Ocean, One Home."

It focuses on showcasing China's constant efforts in pursuing sustainable development of oceans and thereby promoting peaceful coexistence between humans and marine environment.

The pavilion also invites visitors to learn about China's development and preservation of ocean and coastal resources, ocean science and technology and maritime culture.

The highlight of the China pavilion is the animated film that tells the close friendship shared by a Chinese girl and Chinese white dolphins. It not only stresses the mutual dependency between people and nature, but also conveys China's commitment to protecting marine ecosystems and resources. "I was glad to see that China is making efforts to protect the ocean and marine life. My daughters really liked the animated film,"said 35-year-old Kim Hyun-kyung, who took a tour of the China pavilion with her two daughters.

The Thailand pavilion introduces the country's ongoing efforts in the sustainable management of marine resources, while taking visitors on journeys through spectacular seascapes showcasing the richness of Thai seas.

The visitors can learn about the rich assets of Thai seas by enjoying 360-degree views of the country's captivating seascapes, beaches of white sand, crystal-clear waters as well as underwater scenes.

The pavilion also presents diverse performances that interpret Thailand's unique traditional dance and costume in a contemporary and high-technological manner using multimedia equipment.

At the France pavilion, visitors are encouraged to discover the process of desalination by following the journey of its mascot" Sogeumi"from a salt water drop to fresh water.

It stresses the importance of fresh water resources and suggests that desalination is one of the solutions to marine conservation.

The Yeosu Expo opened on May 12 and will run through August 12. Organizers expect that the international event will draw about 10 million visitors.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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