Mon, Jan 10, 2011 - Page 2 News List

Taiwan Pavilion taken down for journey home

Staff Writer, with CNA

The main building of the Taiwan Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo was dismantled yesterday in preparation for relocation to Taiwan, pavilion director Chiu Hui-li (邱揮立) said.

The glass building, which was shaped like a sky lantern, will be shipped back to Taiwan and re-erected in Hsinchu.

Parts of the pavilion and its equipment, including LED bulbs, multimedia players and audio systems, were removed and shipped back to Taiwan last month.

The Taiwan Pavilion, which showcased Taiwan’s natural landscape and culture, was one of the most popular at the Shanghai Expo, which concluded on Oct. 31.

The pavilion recorded 750,000 visits over the 184-day duration of the Shanghai Expo and is one of the few national pavilions that will be relocated to its home country, Chiu said.

The structure was sold to the Hsinchu City government for NT$500 million (US$16.7 million) and will be reassembled in time for a public opening in October.

The name plaque and marble slabs that formed its inner walls will be put on display at the Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei City in the next few months before the pavilion is re-opened in Hsinchu, Chiu said.

Meanwhile, some of the organizers of the Taiwanese displays at the expo are planning to compile a commemorative book detailing the success of the pavilion.

The book is scheduled to be published in March.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top