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Saturday marks the first day of the South Korea World Expo 2012 in coastal city of Yeosu. This comes hot on the heels of Friday's grand opening ceremony. More than 100 countries are showing off their very best in technology, culture and consumer products.
The highlight of the Friday's opening ceremony was the enormous "Big-O." Created specially for the Expo, the giant water structure fires off an impressive display of lasers and holographic images.
The 2012 World Expo has officially opened in the coastal city of Yeosu, South Korea. Under the theme of "The Living Ocean and Coast", the Expo will be open to the public for the next three months.
For 93 days, a total of 104 countries and regions and 10 international organizations will stage exhibitions under the theme: "The Living Ocean and Coast."
The Expo, which runs through August 12th, will focus on the world's oceans. More specifically, it will explore our potential to tackle climate and environmental challenges that have become a threat to the survival of mankind. 33,000 tickets have already been sold on the opening day.
A visitor said, "I got here by taking the earliest express train from Seoul today. I bought the ticket on the internet."
The average ticket price for the Expo is 33, 000 South Korean Won, that's about 30 US dollars. Ticket prices were a little higher for the first day. Inside the expo, visitors can explore 4 featured pavilions, 76 exhibitions and more than 90 art shows and academic activities.
A visitor said, "We want to see the Korea Pavilion, the Theme Pavilion and then the International Pavilion. By the way, we want to see the China Pavilion too!"
For the opening day, most of the pavilions are putting on special shows. The "Black Hawk" team from the South Korean Airforce put on an amazing air show. For a taste of traditional Korea, the Korean art leagues also prepared a series of shows.
Due to the huge number of visitors, eight Pavilions including the Korea Pavilion and the Theme Pavilion have had to impose a registration system. This way, Visitors book a scheduled time to visit in order to avoid massive crowds.
World Expo volunteer said, "The most popular is the Sea Pavilion, by far. There is a waiting list until 6 PM!"
The expo will be open from 9 AM to 11 PM everyday. Over the next 93 days, organizers expect more than 10 million visitors to pass through the entry gates. The expo will also help create 80,000 jobs and generate 12.2 trillion won, or about 10.6 billion US dollars.
China has also offered some support. A total of 36 Chinese nationals - all fluent in Korean or English -- are volunteering to help out at the event.