At the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the country pavilions are especially significant as they are iconic representations of what each country has to offer. After visiting those from Europe and the Americas, as well as those closer to home in China, Australia and Southeast Asia, how does Singapore’s Pavilion compare?
Join me for an in-depth tour of the Singapore Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.
Designed by architect Tan Kay Ngee, the Singapore Pavilion’s theme is Urban Symphony. Evoking images of a music box, it “forms an orchestra of elements and a symphony for the senses – from the choreography of the plaza’s water fountain, the rhythm of fenestrations on the façade, the interplay of sounds and visuals, to the mélange of flora on the roof garden.”href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/coolinsights/4596191290/” title=”P1160296 by coolinsights, on Flickr”>
After getting around the rather long and and snaky queue, we saw videos of expatriate families who became permanent residents and loved it there. They include this cute caucasian girl who spoke brilliant Chinese.
There were a total of four interactive stations on level one, which had trampolines for people to jump on. The pattern in the middle shaped from kwalis (or woks) was supposed to react to these actions.
Displays like this helped to showcase the city’s urban skyscraping splendour. Notice the prominent Far East Organisation logo in the exhibit – one of the pavilion’s major sponsors.
Ahhh…. these are vital statistics and figures of all the important things that we Singaporeans measure. One could consider them as a giant KPI board.
Inside, we watched a rather stirring music video on the pavilion’s theme song called “Every Touching Moment”. It starred Stephanie Sun, Tanya Chua, JJ Lin, and A-Do. I thought it was quite well made and perhaps the high point of the pavilion.
You can join me in experiencing the sensation by watching the video extracted above from Youtube for your viewing pleasure.
A close-up view of the plants which helped to portray our claim to fame as a Garden City (or a city in a garden).
On the ground floor of the Pavilion, we spotted some uniquely Singaporean food like laksa, satay and chicken rice (catered by Kriston), as well as a souvenir shop featuring the mascot of Singapore’s Pavilion called Liu Lian Xiao Xing (榴莲小星). Here’s Alvin and I striking a pose after our trip around the pavillion.