It’s A Small World After All

The first World’s Fair was held in London in 1851 which brought people and cultures together.

I was glad to participate in the 2010 World Expo at Shanghai as it was the largest in history by size, attendance, and international participants! I was quite amazed by the scale when I was there, and was really worried if I could even enter the China Pavilion as the queue was so long!

Being a Singaporean, we could show our passports and take a priority queue to visit the Singapore Pavilion.

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Singapore Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010 (14 September 2010)

The theme for Singapore was “Urban Symphony”, hence, it was shaped like a music box. Inside, Singapore tried to showcase its urbanisation and greenery, as well as showcase the racial harmony celebrated by the different races in the country.

The China Pavilion was really majestic and showcased its rich history and culture, as well as what the future will hold. I liked the interactive scroll on display, as well as the mini boat ride that showcases the flow of the Chinese cultures.

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The China Pavilion at the Shangi World Expo 2010 (14 September 2010)

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Korean Pavilion is made up of Hangeul, the Korean Alphabet, Shanghai World Expo 2010 (14 September 2010)

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Nepal Pavilion’s theme was “Tales of Kathmandu City” and took the form of an ancient Buddhist Temple. Shanghai World Expo 2010 (14 September 2010)

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Uzbekistan Pavilion – the famous blue tiles in mosques which the country is famous for – showcased the ‘crossroad of civilizations’. Shanghai World Expo 2010 (14 September 2010)

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Saudi Arabian Pavilion – its like a ship in the desert – surrounded by date palms. Shanghai World Expo 2010 (14 September 2010)

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Russia Pavilion has pretty illustrations of the city that looks so beautiful and liveable. Shanghai World Expo 2010 (14 September 2010)

 

There’s even a parade like in theme parks, where all the countries show off their cultural costumes and dances.

The World Expo 2010 was an eye-opener for me! The 2017 World Expo is coming up next and it will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan! The expo would be held from 10 June 2017 bearing the theme “Energy of the Future”. I hope I am able to visit the Astana World Fair 2017.

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