[May 27] Let’s meet the World: Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Oceania, continent between the Indian and the South Pacific Ocean. It is the world’s sixth largest country by total area. Its neighbor countries include Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and New Zealand. Australia is a highly developed country with the world’s 13rh largest economy. Although its climate is mostly desert and arid to semi-arid, Australia includes a diverse range of habitats from alpine heaths to tropical rainforests, and is recognized as mega-diverse country. Due to the continent’s great age, extremely variable weather patterns, and long-term geographic isolation, much of Australia’s biota is unique and diverse. About 85 per cent of flowering plants, 84 per cent of mammals, more than 45 per cent of birds, and 89 per cent of in-shore, temperate-zone fish are endemic. As we know well, the koala and the eucalyptus are iconic Australian pair.

<A koala over the eucalyptus>

This amazing country hosted their National Pavilion Day at the Yeosu Expo. Australia prepared lots of events to celebrate their National Pavilion Day – diverse cultural performances that reflect both Australia’s traditional and modern culture and a giveaway event where one lucky winner can receive two round-trip tickets to Australia. Also, visitors could meet Australian top model, Jessica Gomez to participate as the pavilion’s Goodwill Ambassador.

Australian National Pavilion Day began its opening ceremony from 10:20 with a joint performance by Kristian Benton (Didgeridoo artist) and Korean traditional instrument player. Then, in the afternoon, contemporary jazz performance group, Btight Splinters, Australian award-winning pop singer-songwriter, Jessica Mauboy’s, Melbourne’s finest a cappella group, Suade, each performed. In the evening, there was Didgeridoo performances and Chiri, a joint performance between Australia’s highly regarded drum and trumpet improvisers and Pansori, Korea’s classical music theatre.

<A joint performance between Australia’s highly regarded drum and trumpet improvisers and Pansori, Korea’s classical music theatre>

< Melbourne’s finest a cappella group, Suade is performing.>

< Australian award-winning pop singer-songwriter, Jessica Mauboy’s is passionately singing.>

<Jessica Gomez is posing with Australia Pavilion Staffs>

Under a theme of “in Harmony with the Ocean,” Australia Pavilion has been loved by visitors. They will present how Australia has developed with the ocean. Visitors can learn Australian credentials as a nation with high environmental, scientific and technical capabilities in marine conservation, and its commitment to sustainable development of their vast natural assets. Unlike other pavilions, they have their own mascot, a fairy penguin named “Alpy.” This cute penguin comes from Phillip Island, a small island not far from the city of Melbourne. Aply wants to be a more conservationist and help to protect and preserve the marine-ecosystem.

<Alpy, a mascot of Australia Pavilion>