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Construction begins on two pavilions

CONSTRUCTION began yesterday on the Finland and Venezuela pavilions at the Shanghai World Expo site, while an exhibition plan for Turkey Pavilion was also announced.

Finland Pavilion will be 20 meters high and shaped like a kirnu, a Finnish word that means a bowl-shaped rocky hollow formed naturally along the seashore.

The six-story pavilion will appear to be floating on water as it will be surrounded by a lake. The facade will be mainly made from waste paper and plastic.

The pavilion's theme is "Sharing Inspiration" and promotes ideas on how to improve living standards.

The 3,000-square-meter Venezuela Pavilion will look like a figure 8 - a symbolic number in both China and Venezuela - and depict many traditional aspects of the country's history and culture with the theme "A Better Life, Better City."

The Yanomami tribe that has thrived in the rainforests of South America for thousands of years will perform in the pavilion.

Another highlight of the pavilion will be a Venezuelan children's orchestra, which will perform in a 286-seat theater on July 5, Venezuela's National Day, said Temir Ponceleon, the country's commissioner general of the Expo.

Turkey Pavilion unveiled its design yesterday and its theme "The Cradle of Civilization" was inspired by one of the first known settlements in the world, said Sencar Ozsoy, chief representative of the pavilion.

The main inspiration for the exterior of the pavilion was also derived from the settlements that were the center of advanced culture in the Neolithic period.

Visitors will learn about Turkey's historical firsts at the pavilion.

So far, 192 countries have confirmed participation in the Expo.


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