Monday, June 18, 2012

Yeosu Expo & Rain Kpop Concert!

This past weekend I traveled down to the Yeosu Expo with friends. It's QUITE a long way from where I live. I had to take my regular 3 hour 30 minute bus to Seoul THEN a 2 hour and 30 minuted KTX train to the Jeolla-do Provence where Yeosu is located. The Yeosu Expo is an 3 month exhibit and gathering promoting sustainable development and technology. Sounds eh, by the description but it's actually an amazing place that everyone should experience. The Yeosu area literally had the freshest air I had ever breathed in my life! Right by the sea. Definitely makes me want to do my part to keep oceans and air clean.
Trying on Muslin Garb at the Expo! Check out Charise's blog (middle) and Temperance's blog!

My account of the Expo and Rain at the Kpop concert!

Basically it was around 100 countries around the world exhibiting there. Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, USA, Russia, whatever country you can think of. You could try their food, purchase their goods, talk to the people, it was truly amazing. Unfortunatly we could only look around for about 4 hours on Saturday because our main goal was GETTING GOOD SEATS FOR THE KPOP CONCERT featuring RAIN. I couldn't believe it. I HAD to see Rain (again...for a 3rd time) at this event. I actually was going to head down there the weekend before (before it was announced that Rain was performing the following weekend) because Jay Park and B2ST were performing that week. From the get go I didn't know what the heck the Expo was about but I saw some really cool performances on TV and it got me wanting to go.


Me on the jumbotron at the Kpop concert!!!


The place was so amazing we all decided to buy another ticket for Sunday and cram in as many exhibits as we could before our KTX train time. It was only 2 hours that we had but we filled it to the max! The place was so HUGE and amazing we are planning to go back soon. It's worth the long ride and just to be able to smell that air again!

So please if you are in Korea GO VISIT YEOSU EXPO. The technology presented there was astonding. After the Kpop concert on Saturday we got approached by a woman working there to take a picture that would then be uploaded to the GIGANTIC TV on the ceiling of Digital part of the Expo. So we could look up and see out picture floating in a college on a whale swimming around. Talk about a once in a lifetime thing! We also got interviewed and photographed by a reporter from the United Arab Emirates. (Video is below) We might be on TV there!


I also got to meet a woman named Amy who was attending, Stephe from CloudUSA was keeping up with our tweets from the show and informed me that Amy was there too and that we should meet up. So were were able to find each other in the huge crowd and chatted before and after the show. I get to meet the most amazing people living abroad. It's truly an honor.

Anywho Rain smiled at me while he was performing "Love Song" because I waved at him! Whoa right? I felt like I was floating and had to check that I wasn't dreaming because I was like "Damn I wanted him to acknowledge me, but did it REALLY just happen?" Oh yes, it did. I keep replaying it in my mind! Highlight of my YEAR.
So hopefully you all enjoy the photos and crazy funny video!!!!!
KOREA FIGHTING!!
I think I will separate this experience into various post because I have SO many pictures and video that it's quite overwhelming. Also word of advice if you do plan on going. Get there before noon before all the lockers are taken! There are only 100!

Dancing with the folks from the United Arab Emirates exhibit!

Our hilarious adventure.









Wore my Rain Kpop socks for the concert! ;)
And brought my glow stick from the Rain Best of Tour!

My first cup of Korean Beng Soo! (Kinda nasty!)
An amazing Henna tattoo that this lady from Africa did in 2 minutes!
Sistas traveling the world!

All photos belong to pinkfashionninja
Video Aprilshowers08 @youtube

11 comments:

  1. The expo looks like so much fun! I wish that I could go! Do they have the expo every year? Also, is it held in Korea every year or does it change? I'm glad that you're having fun and got to see Rain again!
    --Ciara :D <3

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    1. Hello!
      Yes is was a blast! And yes the expo is every year but it is held in different countries each time so this year Korea got it.

      :) Aja Aja!

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  2. Hi April,

    You are so lucky! It looks like a lot of fun at the expo. Rain smiled at you and you've seen him three times, I wish I could see him in concert at least once.

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  3. Awesome! I'm glad you had such a great experience at the Expo and to see Rain [love sigh]. I'm loving the pictures and videos!

    Did you find it difficult to get lodging in Yeosu? I'm heading down there to see the Expo and see the SuJu/CNBLUE concert, and I may have to stay the night there.

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    1. Hey chicka!

      That's awesome you are heading down there soon, its so fun! BUT lodging is very difficult to find. That's actually been one of the biggest complaints about the Expo, is the lack of accommodation. I was gona go by myself but found out my friend was going so she was like lets go together. She and her friend had luckily found a place to stay that was really near by. Not sure exactly what it was called but it was like a mini apartment connected to this coffee store called "Coffee Time".
      So maybe look that up in Google and see what comes up. The owners of the coffee shop owned and rented out the spaces. I think the room was 80,000 won.

      Also as soon as you get to the expo BUY YOUR TICKET BACK if still haven't figured out lodging because its a mad house at the KTX and people start going crazy when the last bus tickets sell out so get yours early to avoid the madness. I'd say it's better to go back to Seoul and just stay at a Jimjilbang or motel than be stuck there trying to look for lodging. It can get confusing.

      Anywho have a lot of fun!!! And let me know about it! I want to see pictures and video! Say hi to Eunhyuk for me ;)

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    2. Oh yeah and the KTX runs till about midnight so you'll still have time after the concert to catch a train back. The next one after midnight I think is around 4am.

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    3. Thank you so much for all the helpful tips! Oh man, I had a feeling the lodging was going to be difficult. I will just head back to Seoul after the concert. That's cool because I will see if I can have a very small chance to land SHINee tix. If not I'll just hang around the stadium I guess lol

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  4. I wish I could have been there. One day I will get to see the "King" of K-Pop in person. Plus, the Expo looked awesome. So jealous over here ;)

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  5. Hi, may I know roughly what time did the concert start? Also, how early did you have to queue for the concert in order to secure good seats?

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    1. Hello,
      Well it started at 8pm, but folks started lining up way in the morning hours. A friend I know that went lined up at 2pm, and my friends and I lined up at 4pm. By that time the line was out of control, wrapped around a couple buildings! Lol. So by the time we finally got through the line which wasn't long at all (they started letting people into the area around 3:45 I think) it was about 5pm so we still had 3 hours to just sit there and wait.

      But there were videos playing and we had mats to sit on so everything was good. We managed to get a good section to sit at the end of the stage. Where we were were the last of the close seats. Some people were like a football field away! LOl. Hope this helps!
      If you go have fun!!!!

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  6. You look so adorable in your RUN DMC shirt! Looks like you guys had so much fun!

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