8 January 2011

Cambodia at Shanghai Expo 2010

In 2010 Cambodia joined the World Expo for the third time to show the world the glory of Khmer civilization.

Although the Cambodia Pavilion in the magnificent show-off parade in Shanghai did not have jaw dropping architecture or alien technology display, the cultural showpieces proudly won visitors' exclamation.

To echo with the Expo theme "Better City, Better Life", Cambodia's pavilion embodied the 3 stages of Cambodian urban development: stone built architecture in the Angkor era, wood construction in the Odong era, and cement, gravel and sand buildings in the Chakdomuk era.

Each pavilion had a "national pavilion day", Cambodia's was on 28th June. The following is a "National Pavilion Day" souvenir card made with a Chinese postage prepaid postcard.

Cambodia Post did not issue any commemorative items to celebrate the event, but there is a postcard souvenir authorized by the Expo officials to mark the occasion.

It is noted that the printed cachet features wrong spelling of the country name, the kingdom becomes "Camaibodia". This is not the case on the handstamp cachet available at the pavilion.

On 1st October HM King Sihamoni made a visit to the Cambodia Pavilion showing his support and appreciation, below is the relevant news report by the National Television of Cambodia (TVK). Collectors of Cambodian stamps will find many exhibition scenes and items have been previously depicted on Cambodian stamps:

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