Japan World Exposition - Osaka 1970 - Expo'70

Human progress and harmony

March 15, 1970 - September 13, 1970

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Malaysia at the Exhibition Expo Osaka 1970

© Expo'70

The Malaysian pavilion has a unique architecture based on the rural Malay house and is built entirely of quality Malay wood. The pavilion roof has three symbolic structures in the typical style of "Minangkabau" houses in the southern part of the Malay Peninsula.

The building stands on stilts like a Malaysian "kampong" (village) house and the interior is enhanced by a generous use of wood carvings as well as "Batek" (a hand-painted cloth) and rattan panelling.

Visitors to the Pavilion first pass through an area that introduces Malaysia as a beautiful and growing nation. From there, you move into the main display area which shows Malaysia's progress and highlights the country's natural resources, industrialisation programme and general economic and social development.

On the upper floor is represented the art, culture and history of the different peoples of Malaysia in a traditional and exotic Malaysian setting.

The cultural display particularly emphasises the harmony of the multi-racial society between the different peoples of Malaysia. It also presents the "ancients" of Malaysia as a direct contrast to the ultra-modern presentation in the field of progress.

On the way visitors can rest in a typical Malaysian garden restaurant or eat the famous Malaysian dish on the spit, "satay", while watching a show performed by a troupe of 15 Malaysian artists.

Malaysia's participation in Expo'70 is highlighted by cultural events by a troupe of about 20 artists presenting, for the first time in Japan, Malaysian folklore in all its colour and splendour.