Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Republic of Korea at New York World's Fair 1964/1965

We continue to discover together the history of Korea in World Expos...
We have seen a few days ago the Seattle Expo'62, now we're in 1964, two years after,  in New York.
This expo is a little bit different, and even if this participation was really interesting, I've decided to don't rebuilt it in 3D for the project, because this World's Fair was not registered by the BIE.

But anyway, here's some photos and details about this pavilion of Korea in New York World's Fair 1964-1965 :

An Oriental teahouse, with traditional peaked wooden roof, is linked with a concrete pavilion of free-flowing contemporary lines, linking the Korea of yesterday and today.
Within the pavilion, ancient art and folk dances are on view along with products for sale from South Korea's rebuilt industries.
In the teahouse, waitresses in flowing silk robes serve delicacies from the nation's 2000 year old cuisine.

Highlights :

A sculptered welcome. Above the entrance to the area is a contemporary wood sculpture suggesting old Koeran calligraphy. Inside the main building, grasscloth, silk and other fabrics from modern Korea hangfrom the curved walls among paintings, carvings and ornamental screens many centuries old.
Handicrafts on sale include dolls in native dress, brass and lacquer ware and embroidered silks. Guides also take orders for 800 listed product.

Dancing drummer girls. In a harpershaped auditorium, costumed entertainers offer folk dances; in one traditional favorite, girls sing and dance while tapping on drums slung from thier shoulders. Also in the auditorium, films and slides show life in contemporary Korea.

Tower of treasures. Standing in between the two buildings is a replica of the Tabo Pagoda, or Tower of Many Treasures. Built in Kyongju, Korea's capital during its Golden Age, the Sixth Century pagoda is considered a masterpiece of Oriental carved stonemasonry.

Restaurant. The teahouse serves individual dishes or complete meals. One of the specialties is Kimchi, a mixture of spiced and pickled vegetables which has been seasoned underground in huge jars.

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