Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vancouver Olympics: Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion

I have heard that for the Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion, you need 4 to 6 hours to line up to enter and touch the gold medals.  Because I have a family with kid, I decided to wake up at 6 am and line up before 7:30 am, and my wife and kid can join me later.  The wait was exactly 4 hours and part of the reason is that they allowed school kids groups to enter without lining up.  That is very unfair for the people who have been there for hours.
Here are the things I saw:
Line ups:
Gold medals:

Million dollar coin worth 3.5 million dollars:
Gold coin art:

Mint Elevator:

Big coin Inukshuk:

Overall, the experience was more positive than other pavilions we visited, but the wait is grueling.  You also get to do coin exchange for different coins everyday here.

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