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Taiwan Pavilion

Taiwan Pavilion

THEME: Mountain, Water, Heart and Lantern

PAVILION: The Pavilion design is of a transparent cube with a giant ball in its center. The frame is made of glass and steel with the outlines of Mount Morrison and Mount Ali painted on the façade. The main part of the Pavilion was built with stone from Jade Mountain and soil from Yin-Ko Town.

EXHIBIT: The mountain emblems on the outside guide visitors into the interior of the exhibition space. Visitors are greeted by screens featuring Taiwanese citizens welcoming them to the Pavilion and extolling the virtues of Taiwan. An elevator takes them into the sphere theater, which will give visitors an incredible 720 degree view. A 4D film entitled “The Natural City” will be shown in the theater, which will allow visitors to feel the mists surrounding them, the breeze on their face and smell the flowers. The film depicts the interaction of nature and the urban environment and explains the Pavilion theme and the significance of the lanterns in Taiwanese culture. Following the movie, visitors will take the elevator down to the second floor and the Lantern Lighting Water Terrace. The five elements are all represented in this gallery; metal is represented by the steel structure, the wooden platform representing wood, the pond representing water, the LED lanterns representing fire and the Rose stone suspended in the center and on the floor tiles represent the Earth. The water in the pond is taken from Sun Moon Lake and the Pacific Ocean while the floor tiles are made from Taiwanese clay. Exiting the elevator, there is a foyer with two magnificent coral sculptures, “The Seven Fairies” and “Guan Yu,” depicting a military hero of the Three Kingdoms who later became venerated as the God of War, admired for his morality. Once entering the Terrace, visitors will be able to light virtual LED lanterns carrying their wishes aloft, which can also be sent to loved ones at home (visitors to their online Pavilion can also do the same thing). The final exhibition hall is called City Square. A large bamboo structure in the middle represents a large tree – in Taiwanese tradition urban squares are shaded by them. The surrounding walls are also of bamboo. Lights and video projections turn the space into a multimedia spectacular. A traditional tea ceremony is performed in this area as well as other arts and cultural performances.

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.


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