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(Yonhap Interview) Dinosaur expo to let visitors time travel: chief organizer

All Headlines 10:00 March 08, 2016

GOSEONG, South Korea, March 8 (Yonhap) -- The upcoming international exposition on dinosaurs is meant to bring joy to kids and nostalgia to grown-ups, the head of the organizing committee said Tuesday.

The Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo is descending on the town known for dinosaur fossils located some 460 kilometers south of Seoul.

It is scheduled to start on April 1 for a 73-day run with the theme of "Open the future with a dinosaur and the light of hope."

"We are doing our best so that visitors can leave with pleasure and satisfaction," Bin Yeong-ho, secretary-general of the organizing body, said.

Less than a month ahead of the opening of the extravaganza, he is very busy crisscrossing the venue, his office and relevant government agencies mostly in the country's administrative city of Sejong.

It will be the fourth international dinosaur expo to be hosted by Goseong. The previous ones were held in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

This year's show features two main sub-themes for the display of rare fossils and vivid models of the extinct animal species.

"For the daytime, we are focusing on giving excitement and joy to children. At night, dating couples and other adults will be able to make a beautiful memory of magnificent light," Bin said.

It would also help older visitors recollect their childhoods, he added.

State-of-the-art technology will be used to provide visitors with a more vivid experience. Hologram videos made on 3D, 4D and 5D will be aired on a 360 degree screen. A variety of interactive content and hands-on experience programs will be offered.

"It's our natural work to prepare more things to see and enjoy," Bin said.

As nearly 2 million people are expected to visit this year's expo, the organizing panel is making all-out efforts for thorough security and safety measures, added Bin.

Gosesong is home to more than 4,000 dinosaur footprints. There are more than 1,900 fossilized footprints of dinosaurs on a 6-kilometer-long stretch of coastal rock bed believed to have been formed approximately 100 million years ago during the early to mid Cretaceous period.

It is recognized as one of the world's three largest fossilized dinosaur footprint sites, along with Colorado in the United States and the west coast of Argentina.
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