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Singapore - Expo Osaka 1970

Singapore at the Exhibition Expo Osaka 1970
© Expo'70

Among the many interesting pavilions at Expo'70, the Singapore Pavilion stood out for its unique design and the natural beauty of its tropical garden, a 3,000-square-metre paradise of shrubs and plants, including phoenix palms, bougainvilleas, orchids and other tropical flora.

The main purpose of the Singapore Pavilion was to project a visual summary of life in a multi-racial society, amidst the lush greenery of a small island republic. The pavilion, 91 metres or 100 metres from the Expo's western gate, was itself a gateway to a new Singapore, in miniature.

The garden beauty could be seen from a panoramic viewing platform over some distance. Cascading 4.6 metres (15 feet) from this elevated promontory in a gently undulating pattern, a miniature waterfall became a stream that flowed into a large pond full of tropical fish and green aquatic plants.

Winding paths through a small menagerie of turtles, alligators in pits, and brightly coloured tropical birds in aviaries enlivened the gardens.

Rising above were two huts built in the indigenous Malayan manner, with crescent-shaped roofs, and wooden walls.

One was an aquarium with exotic fish, the other was a thatched hut with open walls where you could see colourful films about Singapore.

The interior of the pavilion reflected a way of life. A lighted mural, and amidst paintings of fresh orchids were shown, projects of various multiracial scenes of Singapore: laughter, tears and the sweat of the people.

Then the effervescent charm of 'Asian Moment' was reflected in a huge mural by the famous Batik painter and the smiling Singaporean receptionists enchanted the pavilion.