Living in the Land of Smiles

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The Thailand Pavilion is constructed in Thai temple style. (Source: China Daily/Gao Erqiang)

Thailand's pavilion portrays the country as a modern, open society with a rich cultural heritage, Tang Zhihao reports.

The exciting presentations in the Thailand Pavilion are brilliant enough to entice those thinking about exploring the country to go there and see for themselves.

The huge pavilion, which is constructed in traditional Thai temple style, has become one of the must-see attractions at Expo 2010 Shanghai. The popular pavilion is getting 40,000 visitors a day at peak times.

"We are excited to see our pavilion has been visited by a large number of visitors, a much larger number than we expected during the planning stage," said Kanda Vajrabhaya, the commissioner-general of the Thailand Pavilion. "I think it will set the benchmark for the next Expo that Thailand participates in."

Located in Zone B and adjacent to the Australia Pavilion, the structure attracts visitors' attention immediately with its tiered roof painted in red and gold, which is common in Thai temple design. All buildings in a Thai temple compound share a similar roof design.

Themed at "Thainess: Sustainable Ways of Life", the pavilion demonstrates the happy-go-lucky spirit of the Thai people, combined with the tolerant values modern Thailand has embraced.

At the front of the pavilion, visitors will be welcomed by statues of Indrajit from Thailand and Lan Tan from China. Indrajit is a mythological warrior said to be invincible, while Chinese traders to Thailand once carried images of Lan Tan, also a mythical guardian-warrior, on their travels.


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