Shanghai's Expo 2010 was a smash hit, attracting 70 million visitors. After all that buzz, the world’s gaze turns toward Yeosu in South Korea, hosting the next World’s Fair from May 12- August 12, 2012. This year’s theme? “The Living Ocean and Coast,” which seems particularly appropriate considering the city’s maritime heritage and dramatic coastline. Sustainable technology and ocean stewardship will play a big role in the exhibits themselves, spread out in floating pavilions. National Geographic magazine recently cited the Expo 2012 as one of the “Best Spring Trips 2012"... not only because of the futuristic Expo - “a marine-focused theme park of sorts encompassing interactive oceanography exhibits”- but also because of the local cuisine and tourist sites.
More than 100 countries and international organizations are expected to participate in the Yeosu Expo, with some eight million visitors slated to attend. Head to the Marine Life Pavilion, the first glass-dome aquarium in the country, to check out beluga whales and sea dragons in a cool setting with a 360-degree underwater perspective. For more information, visit www.worldexpo2012.com