Ceylon Pavilion

The Ceylon Pavilion drew its architectural inspiration from one of the greatest treasures of its country's heritage; the magnificent audience hall in the ancient hill capital of Kandy. On an exterior wall was a relief sculpture representing the Kandy Perahera, the island's annual pageant. Its front mural, a fine example of contemporary stained glass, was executed by George Keyt, one of Ceylon's finest artists.


Visitors began their tour at the highest of the pavilion's three levels. Displays inside showed Ceylon's cultural heritage, political development and its international connections. There were also displays devoted to art, handicrafts, agriculture, industrial development and its tourist attractions. And on the fist level, with a view of the canal, was a tea lounge decorated in bright colors, where Ceylon tea was served by girls wearing their national costume.

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