1900 Korean Pavilion in Paris Expo disclised

By Kwon Mee-yoo

How foreigners thought of the first Korean pavilion in world expo in 1900 was revealed by the 2012 Yeosu Expo Committee.

The Organizing Committee for Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea said Vicente Gonzales Loscertales, secretary general of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), had donated rare documents in a gesture wishing for a successful Yeosu Expo.

Le Petit Journal, a French daily, covered the Korean Pavilion at the 1900 Paris Expo. “The charm of this wooden building, colored in primary colors and covered with a roof of Far East beauty, attracts the public gaze,” the newspaper said.

The Korean pavilion exhibited Korean clothes, accessories, furniture and farming equipment. Woodblock printing such as the Tripitaka Koreana and other Buddhist scriptures were also on display.

“The pavilion impresses visitors portraying Korean resources and industry as it displays collections of the king and artifacts brought by French who lived in Korea,” the journal said.

Korea’s first official participation in the expo dates back to 1893, displaying porcelain, suits of armor and lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl in a tile-roofed house at the Chicago Expo.

Korea first hosted an Expo in Daejeon in 1993, 100 years after its first participation. The second exposition in Korea, the Yeosu Expo, will be held from May 12 to Aug. 12, 2012 with more than 100 countries and 8 million visitors expected to participate in.

source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr

Images source: expo2012-yeosu-korea.blogspot.com

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