ASTANA – The Kazakhstan pavilion was acknowledged as one of the best and most popular among the 145 national exhibitsat EXPO Milano 2015. It has already been visited by approximately 150,000 people, some of whom plan to travel to Kazakhstan, according to the Khabar TV channel.
“The large and up-to-date pavilion of Kazakhstan, located at the main avenue of EXPO Milano, is eye-catching. Tourists are attracted by the shine of the glass wheat heads beautifying the pavilion’s front and lined up close to the entrance.Approximately 5,000 tourists visit the pavilion a day and nobody leaves it disappointed,” said Zakon.kz reporter Yuliya Gonchar.
“The first thing visitors see in the main room of the pavilion is a wheat cloud. Wheat is the history of our country and it is its present. Kazakhstan feeds not only its own population, but the whole planet with high-quality wheat. This is very symbolic according to the name of the exhibition,” she said about the pavilion, as reported by Zakon.kz.
Gonchar noted Kazakhstan still uses the technology of Virgin Soil chief agriculturist Alexander Barayev. His table was delivered to the exhibition as a unique museum showpiece and pavilion stand assistant Aida Uskelenova noted it and its accessories are original.
“He used them when he did his research work on Kazakhstan soil and developed his no-till farming method. As of today, this method is used all over the world,” she said, as reported by Zakon.kz.
The ability to use one’s senses at the exhibit added to its interest.
“You can see what a cotton plant looks like, taste kumys, take a smell of steppe tulips and discover the biggest apples in the world. That is you can see, touch, smell and taste everything Kazakhstan is proud of, because even usual things become very interesting even for adults with the application of the most up-to-date technologies,” said Uskelenova.
The majority of visitors are Italian and they don’t know much about Kazakhstan, but she is sure they will talk about the country after leaving the pavilion. Many guests have to wait in line for a long time to enter the exhibit, are excited after visiting it and plan to travel to Kazakhstan, said Uskelenova.
The display cost the Kazakhstan budget 17 million Euros ($19.2 million), but officials consider this isn’t a high price for such high quality.
As of today, EXPO Milano has been visited by 2.5 million people who want to get new impressions of the world and its countries. The 80 pavilions are located on 110 hectares and it is impossible to visit all of them in one day. Italy hopes to attract up to 20 million visitors before the end of the exhibition, when Astana will pick up the baton with EXPO 2017.