"Do visitors have to buy tickets by the individual exhibition pavilion?"
"Are intra-city buses really free of charge to ride?"
Staff at the organizing committee for the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea are being bombarded with questions such as these. Since Korea is hosting the global gala for the first time in 19 years and offers lots to see and enjoy, visitors will naturally have lots of questions and misconceptions.
The following is six myths of the Yeosu Expo.
Myth #1: Multiple tickets are required to see everything at the event.
Ordinary tickets are priced at 33,000 won (28.60 U.S. dollars) for adults, 25,000 won (21.70 dollars) for teenagers, and 19,000 won (16.50 dollars) for children under age 13 and senior citizens. A visitor does not need to buy multiple tickets. One ticket means full access to all facilities at the Yeosu Expo.
Myth #2: One visitor can only watch two pavilions.
This misunderstanding has been caused by misinformation about the advance reservation system. The organizing committee operates the system for eight exhibition halls that are highly popular among the 80 pavilions and exhibitions at the expo. A person can make online reservations for up to two pavilions and up to 30 percent of the accommodating capacities of each pavilion.
Reservations for the remaining 70 percent can only be made onsite. No reservations for any facilities can be made after 6 p.m. Operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Myth #3: Once a visitor leaves the expo site, re-entry is not allowed.
A visitor is allowed to re-enter once after exiting. Organizers will put a stamp on the visitor's hand at the gate when he or she leaves. When one has ample time until entry into the next exhibition, the visitor can exit the expo site and reenter after having a meal and going to nearby tourist hotspots.
Myth #4: The pipe organ performance is recorded.
The pipe organ installed at Sky Tower plays 20 times per day, five minutes each session. The low-key and stately sound reaches up to 6 kilometers in radius from the tower. Two female organists who majored in pipe organ in Germany directly play.
Myth #5: Visitors must pay intra-city bus fare.
Riding all intra-city buses operating in Yeosu over the expo period is free of charge. Instead of blocking all vehicles within 2 kilometers of the expo site during the event, the organizing committee operates free intra-city buses to offer convenience to visitors.
Myth #6: Yeosu's weather is hot due to its location on the southern coast.
Since the expo's opening, Yeosu's daytime high has been a relatively mild 22 degrees Celsius. The nighttime temperature falls to 15 degrees amid maritime winds. Visitors are advised to bring large blankets or towels to watch nighttime performances, including "The Big O" show.
Source : english.donga.com/srv... ( English Korean )
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