What with robots taking up a huge pavilion at Korea’s Yeosu Expo 2012 (which opened this weekend, see a preview here), what better time to appreciate another Korean expo from two decades ago?
The Taejon (now spelled Daejon) Expo ’93 was only a three month affair, but it was one of the largest ever held. Some 108 countries participated, and several futuristic pavilions were erected that can be visited today for a small fee. The expo’s theme was “The Challenge of a New Road of Development”, so robots were a natural fit. While most of the robot attractions fell into the category of silly animatronics, there were some real ones that drew portraits and balanced wine glasses.
Head past the break to view a selection of our favorite photos from the event.
[source: Expo '93 official site (KR)]
Kumdori the space elf, the expo’s mascot
Above: conceptual rendering, below: completed pavilion
Samsung’s “Star Quest” pavilion
CAD rendering of a pavilion
The fall of the Berlin Wall at the German Pavilion
A Lego statue outside the Danish Pavilion
The earth has a bad case of the humans
Portrait-drawing robot arm
Robot dog (the Aibo would debut six years later)
Japanese robots also appeared
Hitachi’s centaur-like Japanese inspection Robot
Robots appeared in many of the children’s drawings
How time flies! If these antiquated automatons have got you feeling nostalgic check out our coverage of the Tsukuba Expo ’85!