Expo expected to bring in 70m visitors

Updated: 2010-03-08 16:19
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SEOUL - The upcoming Shanghai World Expo is expected to bring in an estimated 70 million visitors, of which more than 5 percent are foreigners, Chen Xianjin, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination told a press briefing in Seoul on Monday, local media reported.

"We expect to draw about 70 million visitors for the Shanghai World Expo, and more than 5 percent of them will be foreigners," Chen said, adding he expected some 500,000 people from South Korea, according to Yonhap News Agency.

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"I believe the South Korean pavilion will be one of the most popular ones at the fair," Chen added, saying the country's corporate pavilion will leave a deep impression on Chinese visitors.

South Korea said it plans to set up two pavilions during the international fair, which is scheduled to run from May 1 to October 31, where the country's high-end technology and deep-rooted cultural heritage will be on full-display.

The national pavilion will have a floor space of 7,683 sq meters, which cost the South Korean government 38.2 billion won ( $33.7 million) to build, while the country's corporate pavilion that cost 29.9 billion won ($26.4 million) will be built over 4,012 sq meters, housing 12 local companies including Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor, LG, SK, and POSCO.