World Expos are to demonstrate each country’s achievements, history, and culture. Each registered country will have a pavilion that will house all sorts of information to convey those concepts about that country including artifacts, shows,prototypes, etc. As the event is hosted every five years, the most recent one was in 2015 in Milan.
I enjoyed the expo in Milan since I was able to go in and out quickly as possible with minimal lines. This left me with a more varied experience than the one I had in the 2010 expo in China when the lines were tediously long that waiting took about 2 to 3 hours for each pavilion. The expo in Milan was food themed so pavilions will display their countries’ food traditions and/or food innovations.
Here are the list of pavilions I’ve managed to capture and visited.
- I think these are silk threads. Kimchi and how it is made were featured prominently.
- Belarus was very small. There were videos but nothing too fancy on the inside.
- China was a large pavilion. In it, there was a weight scale in which it would tell you if were overweight or just the right weight. They had a board detailing a delivery system that tells you how much time your order would be delivered. The whole building was representing wheat fields. There was also a movie at the end but it ended up being a waste of time since most the scenes had little to do with food.
- The pavilion is supposed to represent a beehive with the path to the pavilion matching the flight pattern of the bee and buzzing sounds were heard on the way.
- This pavilion had an interesting self service restaurant. You pick your order through an electronic menu and then you would be given an order number and the information would then be routed to the kitchen. When the kitchen is done with your food, you would then pick up your order based on the number called. I also drank a sample of sake.
- They had a concept for innovation in irrigation.
- Germany was high tech. They handed out boards in which you would then placed then above the information centers. A video would then be played on your board. They also had a performance at the end though it was a bit cheesy.