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Blog // Connect Michigan

Yeosu on the Southern Coast of South Korea

By CMI Staff

Connect Michigan’s work to develop comprehensive technology action plans in communities throughout the state; efforts to raise the awareness for and adoption of technology among small businesses; and their unique broadband research, has garnered international interest. In the summer of 2013, Connect Michigan State Program Manager Eric Frederick will travel to South Korea, Japan, China, and Malaysia to share Michigan’s lessons and stories for broadband and technology expansion with government officials, academics, and many others. This blog series provides highlights from his trip and Connect Michigan’s efforts to put the state at the forefront of the digital economy.

The International Pavilion at the Yeosu Expo 2012 site. A more than 61,000 square foot LED screen lines the curved ceiling in the middle of the pavilion

In keeping with the discussion of the impact of Mega-Events, we move from the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang to Yeosu on the southern coast of South Korea. Last year, Yeosu was the host city for the 2012 World Expo. During a three month period in 2012, Yeosu, a city of just under 300,000 people, hosted an estimated eight to nine million visitors for the Expo. A new high-speed rail line between Yeosu and Gwangju, a multi-story hotel, aquarium, participant housing, and new highway are among the many amenities constructed for the event. One year later, those charged with the legacy of the site are working to develop and attract reuse and investment.                                                     

The larger-than-life LED screen playing the music video for Korean pop sensation Psy’s hit, “Gangnam Style.”

Expo provides a stage to showcase the culture and heritage of participating countries while rallying around a unifying theme. However, Expo also provides an opportunity to highlight the latest technology. A portion of the site, the International Pavilion, was dedicated to hosting exhibitions of several countries. To showcase Southern Korea’s development as a leader in the LED and lighting industry, the ceiling of this pavilion was lined with 65,000 LED panels to create one of the world’s largest television screens. As the theme of Expo 2012 was “water,” the screen often depicted a larger-than-life coral reef scene enjoyed by millions of expo visitors.

While the Yeosu Expo 2012 site undergoes redevelopment, reuse, and reinvestment, the site is currently attracting a large number of tourists gathered to see the new aquarium and novelty of a nearly 1.5 acre television screen.

Want to know more about our trip abroad? Check out the other posts in our blog series to learn more now!

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