*This post is written by Anna, one of the Korea Blog’s Worldwide Korea Bloggers.
So after visiting the SKY tower, we decided that since it was already packed and there would be even more people coming on the Saturday, it would be best to get all the popular things done on the Friday.
Flashing our press passes like pros, we walked into the ‘LOTTE Pavilion’ like we owned the place…I’m just joking! (but the press pass does have a secret-self confidence-inducing power!)
The Lotte Pavilion itself was pretty nice and it had a nice welcome sign! The pavilion opened with a rather peculiar performance (obviously child-orientated) featuring four performers dressed up as well, I’m not exactly sure what they were meant to be but a cross between cute insects and fairies…right. They sang and played some instruments and danced around interacting with the audience.
The main part of the pavilion involved riding in a huge air balloon…supposedly! We all entered this room that had been decorated to look like a hot air balloon (photography not allowed ~ sorry guys!) In fact, it kind of was. We were surrounded by these enormous floor-to-ceiling screens that presented a mini-movie of us, in the hot air balloon, flying through different weather systems (even through the sea at one point!). With the floor moving, it felt very simulator-esque and I found my somewhat skeptical self laughing and swaying like the 5-year old next to me. What can I say? I’m young at heart!
Next, it was on to the Hyundai Pavilion. I personally really liked the Hyundai Pavilion – it was well-presented, the staff were polite and aside from the people who glared at us with a mixture of understandable frustration/curiosity (who are they? why can they just skip the 90 minute queue?!), everything was pretty awesome.
It started with a little history lesson, taking us back to the beginning of the company’s work in the automotive industry which was quite interesting. Suzy got really excited when she was able to find her first car among the display models~!
I felt the Hyundai Pavilion was really well managed and overall, was very impressive. The main feature of the pavilion includes a wall made of blocks which protrude at different times to the beat of the backing track, to form specific words or pictures…to do all sorts of things~ While it’s very difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t seen it, it’s very exciting to watch and had the entire audience captivated from start to finish.
Next, we went to the Daewoo Chosun Marine Robot Pavilion. I was really looking forwards to this one. I mean, who doesn’t love robots? Anyone who has seen iRobot or any other somewhat-robot related films will secretly confess to wanting to get to know a robot or to have one (a nice one) as a friend.
The main focus of the pavilion was actually looking at the extension of research into the use of robots to explore deep-sea territories. Robots can be used to lay power lines, gas pipes etc as well as the excavation of certain resources as well as the basic purpose of exploration. The photo below shows one of the robots used in under-sea building projects. He’s huge! I don’t even come up to his knee!
After the somewhat-lacking robot pavilion, we moved onto the Samsung pavilion. Here, people also queued for at least an hour to see the performance. We, too, were made to wait albeit not half as long as most of the other guests…but we did have to stand in the wind and the rain!
If you’re going with kids, the Lotte pavilion is definitely most children friendly and will keep them well-entertained as will my favorite, the Hyundai pavilion.