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Full steam ahead on pavilion buildings

CONSTRUCTION began yesterday on the Indonesia Pavilion and the Joint-Corporate Pavilion of South Korea for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The Indonesia Pavilion will be 4,000 square meters with the theme "Eco-diversity."

The walls, ceilings and some of the ground areas will be built from bamboo, which symbolizes the spirit of the country that is so resilient, according to Mari Pangestu, Indonesia's trade minister.

Budi Lim, architect of the pavilion, said a 40-meter wide and 17-meter high waterfall would be createdin the middle of the building,cutting it into two parts, just like the Equator through Indonesia.

The cost of the pavilion will be about US$12 million.

The Joint-Corporate Pavilion of South Korea is being built by 12 South Korean companies, including Samsung, E-mart and LG. Its cost will be about US$24 million.

The 3,000-square-meter pavilion is a cube with spirals.

The design is inspired by the skirts of a dancing South Korean woman wearing traditional costume.


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