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Malaysia Pavilion Shanghai World Expo 2010

Malaysia Pavilion Photo
Malaysia Pavilion (photo credit to FotoSet.Blogspot)

The Malaysia Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 shows the world a unique Minangkabau styled roof design with a myriad of colours showcasing the Malaysian Batik design. 

The building will comprise two streamlined high slopes with a cross on top, the symbol of Malaysian architecture. The facade of the pavilion will be made from a combination of recyclable materials of palm oil and plastic.

 Malaysia Pavilion Picture
 Malaysian Pavilion - Artist Impression

Malaysia Pavilion at night (Photo by archhale2008)

Malaysia Pavilion Shanghai World Expo

Visitors will encounter world heritages of Penang and Malacca and get access to characteristic Malaysian artworks and their production process. Electronics, rubber and timber products will also be exhibited in the pavilion.

The design of the Malaysia Pavilion is derived from the unique architectural style of the Rumah Negeri Sembilan  (Negeri Sembilan house), distinguished by their horn-shaped roofs which originates from Sumatra. 

Malaysia Pavilion launch at World Expo (Pic courtesy of Getty Images)

When I was visiting Shanghai in early April 2010, I did not have the chance to visit this building as it was closed to the public. I guess I may have to figure a way to visit Shanghai again before the end of this expo.

Malaysia Pavilion main entrance with 1Malaysia theme

Malaysia Pavilion Highlights

  • Highlight 1: Traditional House
    Traditional House The corridor and entrance at the ground floor will be based on Mosque design with elevated roof on columns to resemble the traditional long house in Malaysia. The exterior wall will imitate Malaysian textile printing with patterns of butterfly, bloom, flying birds and geometrical drawings.
  • Highlight 2: Mini-putt and Petronas Twin Towers
    Mini-putt and Petronas Twin Towers Along with palm oil, rubber and other economical plants, the pavilion will also exhibit tourist attractions of beach and golf court, as well as ordinary family lives in Malaysia. Visitors will be able to pitch and putt at an indoor golf area. The sightseeing elevator between two stories will be designed to simulate the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Highlight 3: Central Stage
    Central Stage During the Expo, the central stage in the pavilion will host two local dance performances every day to showcase all 47 ethnic groups from the country.
  • Highlight 4: Lucky Draws
    Lucky Draws The pavilion will hold lucky draws on key days during the Expo, such as Malaysia’s national day, and the anniversary of China-Malaysia Diplomatic Relationship.
  • Highlight 5: Artworks and Foods
    Artworks and Foods Visitors will see characteristic Malaysian artworks and their production process in the pavilion and will have the chance to taste delicious Malaysian foods such as bak kut teh.

Shanghai World Expo Malaysia Pavilion
Malaysia Pavilion at World Expo 2010 - Artist impression at night

Pavilion Preview

  • Theme: One Malaysia, City Harmonious Living
  • Highlights: Traditional Malaysian Hut
  • National Pavilion Day: September 12
  • Pavilion Area: Around 3,000 Square Meters
  • Location: Within Zone B of the Expo Site
Malaysia Pavilion in Shanghai World Expo in 3D

Malaysia Pavilion Video from The Star via YouTube

Spray painting the roof of the Malaysia Pavilion

Hotel near the Malaysia Pavilion:

Jinjiang Inn (Chinese: 锦江之星旅馆)
Hotel Address: 208,Pusan Lu, Pudong Xinqu (Pudong New District)
Jinjiang Inn Reservation Hotline 400-820-9999
Note: This is the only hotel which is 1.3 km away from the entrance of the Expo site.

All pavilions can be viewed until 10.30 pm daily from May 1st 2010 at the Shanghai World Expo. Special Pavilion Days are also held for each country and the Malaysia Pavilion Special Day will be on September 12th 2010. 

Getting to the Shanghai World Expo;

Subway - Line No 4, 6, 7 and 8 will serve Expo 2010 directly

Water Buses - Outside the Expo there are seven Water Gates, including Ningguo Road, Northern Bund, Shiliupu, Qichangzhan, Lujiazui, Dongchang Road, Nanpu Station. Within the Expo there are three Water Gates, two in Pudong and one in Puxi, which connects the two sides of the river and provides transportation. 

Malaysia Pavilion Shanghai World Expo 2010 will be there until Oct 31st 2010 so if you have plans to visit Shanghai for this, you have 6 months from now to do so. 

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Kenny Mah said…
Wow. That's beautiful. I wonder if they'll disassemble that after the World Expo and bring it back to Malaysia? :)
Malaysia Asia said…
You got a good point there, since it was already mentioned that out Pavilion was not one of the selected to remain in China after the expo. Maybe they would plan to move it to Melaka? Like they did with the Eye of Malaysia?

superwilson said…
its a good thing if they bring it back
Malaysia Asia said…
I hope so. Maybe Putrajaya would be a great place to showcase it too?
Yehhung said…
After the EXPO, Malaysia Pavilion will move to WuXi,China.
Malaysia Asia said…
Hello YehHung, Thanks for the added info! I did read somewhere that they were moving but had no idea it was somewhere in China. Great info!

Anonymous said…
Malaysia Asia said…
Thank you Harriet, it is in fact unique. The entire World Expo is totally amazing. Are you going to visit?
CathJ said…
Awesome right... I might be going Shanghai to see this Expo.. *finger cross*.. wonder what other country come up with..
Malaysia Asia said…
Cath, wow, that's nice! With the family or just you?

Malaysia Asia said…
Honeymoon, yes it is and you are right, it looks a little like the Thailand Pavilion.

Mahfuz, lol... they claim it is. Did you see the video how they painted it?

I'm an architect, what are u? said…
I think that the pavilion doesn't have any architectural/historical or even cultural value. It is a disgrace!!
Anonymous said…
I think Malaysia's Pavillion in Shanghai is the most horrible pavillion. We have participated in world expo since donkey years....it's always Minangkabau and another Minangkabau...When will this end? [refer to Taejon Expo 1993, Spain Pavillion 1992 etc.]
Malaysia Asia said…
For the Anons - It 's a very subjective world out there but at least Malaysia is participating :)

LocationV - Thanks for the visit here.

Nancie, awesome! I hope you have a great time there. Just be prepared for the hot summer there too and thanks for visiting the Malaysia Pavilion.

Spasmody - You're right as most of the pavilions there are very interesting and unique in each and every way.

nab said…
i agree, when people say malaysian architecture, minangkabau comes to mind. all i know is that minangkabau is influenced from indonesia, so why people come up with cliches like this? it is beautiful i agree, but saying its purely malaysian, isnt 100% truth all the same. identity crisis much? i wonder...
Anonymous said…
poor design idea for the pavilion. it seems that every time we're trying to find the malaysian style of architecture, we always seems to come out with the inspiration from building, and again, building. for example, this cliche minangkabau idea. what an obsolete idea. just take a look at the polish pavilion which the pavilion was inspired from traditional polish folk art which for me, kind of a very interesting source of inspiration. maybe next time, we can find the inspiration from traditional malaysian cultural or heritage elements, which must not necessarily be from building. seems that this might be stealing from the polish pavilion idea but at least, this is better than the current design idea.
Unknown said…
I think the design should be more Malaysian. The Tourism Minister admitted that it was designed by a firm in Shanghai and not one of our own Malaysian. That's ashamed as it did not fully reflect our Malaysian culture. Some friends who have visited the Pavilion said it is very disappointing and said even the inside is so simple and disorganized just like "Pasar Malam" and it even advertised for a foreign "Ogawa" product. What a shame. Compared with other Pavilions, our pavilion is a disgrace. I heard that during the planning stage, there were so many good entries so why this particular design was chosen is definitely unbelievable.
Unknown said…
Please do not bring back such a controversial design especially when China has the vision not to let it remain in China after the expo. It is best left forgotten.
Rina said…
So, someone here said that a firm in Shanghai designed this "Minangkabau" house? Maybe they should've done some research about the philosophy of a Minangkabau house in the original homeland of the Minangkabaus: West Sumatra, Indonesia. There are still many hundred years old traditional houses with actual people living in them there, not just as museum replicas and in brochures. Everything you put in it is supposed to mean something, including the decorations. To spray paint it like that makes me sad...
AvoSidqi said…
i don't like it at all... its a shame for us to spend millions RM but the result is only this... just like we relocate our National Museum there... if it is just a cube and add some graphic on it (such as batik, songket, etc..) put some lighting effects... should be better... who did the design??? who select it? inside??? the display nothing less than an cultural showcase.... please learn something from it... look at others... our neighbors... Indonesia.. Singapore... Thailand...