Sri Lanka

Official name

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

National Day

07.27.2005 (Wed)

Theme / Exhibition

The exhibition aims to introduce Sri Lanka as a cradle of unique natural setting and unique religious and cultural achievements with a historical glory of creating unique art and architecture through Theravada Buddhist practice. The Theravada school of Buddhism has immensely rich traditions that should be endearing to any art-loving visitor. The exhibition also presents traditional Sri Lankan handicrafts, including gem cutting, that have given identity to the Sri Lankan heritage.

Six-meter-long colorful traditional flags hang against the facade of the pavilion, and three "Relipalam" entrance arches decorated with red and white muslin will greet visitors to the pavilion. On entering the exhibition hall, visitors will get a unique opportunity to see 1,000 square meters of batik in one place set on a handcrafted batik ceiling. Each of the 1-meter-square batik panel is lit from above, depicting many traditional motifs of Sri Lankan art.
Visitors entering the exhibition hall will see a large graphic sculpture in copper symbolizing the "Sri Maha Bodhi," the oldest historic tree in the world. It is the southern branch of the Pipul Tree that provided shade to the Buddha at the time of enlightenment, brought to Sri Lanka and planted in the historic capital of Anuradhapura in the 3rd century. The Sri Maha Bodhi has been venerated and looked after by Sinhala Buddhists up to this day and has evolved a unique Buddhist tradition of worship.
To the right of the visitor is a key exhibit depicting a full-size model of a typical traditional village Buddhist shrine on pillars built with timber and mud containing three statues of Buddha. Its walls are painted with events from Buddha's life and Jataka Stories relating previous births of Buddha.
There are also exhibits to show how natural medicinal herbs are being used for healthy life. There are samples of traditional medicinal oils of 1,000 years old, indigenous medical practices that have cured many human ailments. There are also exhibits to show the Sri Lankan practice of harnessing nature's wisdom for the benefit of mankind.
In addition, the exhibition features large panels that depict Sri Lankan tradition and culture, the beauty of nature, the glory of a 2,500-year-old civilization, the way of Sri Lankan life, and the creativity of local artists.

Food / Drink

The restaurant inside the pavilion treats visitors to traditional Sri Lankan dishes.


The pavilion has a store that sells traditional Sri Lankan handicrafts and tea.