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Nepal Pavilion


Nepal Pavilion

THEME: Tales of Kathmandu City: Seeking the Soul of a City – Exploration and Speculation

PAVILION: The Pavilion is an exquisite work of art with a large Buddhist pagoda as its centerpiece, surrounded by folk houses representing styles from different periods. It showcases Nepali artisans’ outstanding talents in art and architecture. About 500 tons of material was used including wood, brick, stone, porcelain and a variety of decorative and exhibition items, all of which are handmade. Wood and clay sculptures will feature intricate patterns, which took 350 Nepalese families about two years to complete. Some skilled craftsmen came to the Pavilion site in Shanghai to put on the finishing touches. The Pavilion is nicknamed the Aniko Centre after an ancient Nepali architect who imported Nepali style architecture to China and built many Buddhist towers including the White Tower in Beijing.

EXHIBIT: The Pavilion recaptures historic periods in the more than 2000 year development of Nepal as a center for art, architecture and culture. It also depicts the current urban expansion in Kathmandu, shedding light on the opportunities and challenges facing the city leaders in environmental protection and the development of renewable energies. Artists, dancers, musicians and other performers from Nepal will bring colorful shows that will be presented both inside and outside the Pavilion. In the center of the Pavilion is a traditional Buddhist pagoda that visitors are invited to ascend, giving beautiful views of Expo and allowing for some leisure time after the hustle and bustle of the Expo. There are two windows in the central dome that the line winds around that allows you to see an ancient Sahira, a pearl-like relic of the remains of Buddha Sakyamuni. A good tip is to go to the far window because there are rarely crowds around that window while there nearly always are around the near window. Inside the main Pavilion there are also exhibits on Nepali art and culture as well as the country’s efforts in environmental protection and renewable energy.

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

SHOPPING: Most of the folk houses contain small shops that sell a variety of Nepali handcrafts and souvenirs.

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