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Vietnam bamboo pavilion raises eyebrows

2010. 3 June

A bamboo-dominated work by an award-winning architect has made the Viet Nam Pavilion stand out at the World Expo 2010 now open in Shanghai, China.

( Vo Trong Nghia used 50,000 bamboo strips to build the pavilion and give it a highly romantic look. The use of bamboo also gives the pavilion, previously a 1,000sq.m warehouse, a cooling effect.

Bamboo has also been used for decorating the interior of the pavilion, providing the raw material for shelves, tables, chairs and partitions.

Visitors can see many amazingly beautiful landscapes of Viet Nam inside the pavillion, all made of bamboo.

"I was hired by the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism to build the Viet Nam Pavilion with traditional style at low cost," Nghia said.

"After the expo, bamboo will be recycled for social welfare projects," he said.