Thailand Pavilion

Thailand's main building was patterned after an ancient Buddhist shrine whose gilded and spired roof rose nearly 80 feet. The building was inspired by a shrine north of Bangkok where a sacred footprint of the Budda is preserved. Inside the shrine was an exhibit of exquisite statuary, displays of classic costumes and models of such things as a wooden Thai house, a cart drawn by water buffalo, and ancient warriors wearing armor and bearing weapons of the past.

An exhibit wing showed aspects of the modern nation. There were displays of Thai jewelry, silks, spoons with buffalo-horn handles, and samples of minerals, forest products and rice.

A second wing adjoining the shrine housed a gift shop and indoor-outdoor restaurant where diners could sample an elaborate eight-course Thai buffet. The gift shop in addition to selling Thai products, offered a cookbook with the recipes for the dishes served in the restaurant.

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