Thailand has been a member of the BIE since 1993, but its involvement in Expos dates as far back as 1862, when the Kingdom sent a delegation to the World Expo in London. Since then, the country’s participation in World Expos, Specialised Expos and Horticultural Expos has been continuous, with the Thai pavilion receiving an award for its theme development at Expo 2008 in Zaragoza. Thailand organised Horticultural Expo 2006-7 – Royal Flora Ratchapruek – in the city of Chiang Mai.
Participation in Expos
Expo 2017 Astana
How can humanity be less dependent on fossil fuels and sustainably conserve the environment? Thailand responded to this challenge with the concept of “Bioenergy for All”. With this theme, Thailand’s pavilion focused on understanding the country's bioenergy as well as presenting the link between Thailand's agricultural and bioenergy production. The aim was also to point out how to be energy secure and how to live a sustainable life, as well as integrating Thai culture and ways of life.
The pavilion showcased Thailand's capacity in developing renewable energy and the progress made in bioenergy, inspired by the self-sufficiency theory of the late monarch, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This theory supports the development of “Future Energy” from agricultural products in order to increase energy security, development and sustainability for Thailand and for the world.
The three main rooms of Thailand’s pavilion included:
- Live Exhibition: Our Ways, Our Thai
A Live Exhibition created a life-like experience to present the story and image of Thailand so visitors could have a better understanding of the country’s ways of life, landscape, environment, natural resources and energy potential, which are the core of sustainable living.
- Theatre: Farming Future Energy
A 3D movie theatre allowed visitors to discover a laboratory of the future and to learn about Future Energy from Pa-Lang, the Thai pavilion's mascot. Pa-Lang, inspired by the seed of a plant, means power, strength, and the potential to give power.
- Interactive Exhibition: Energy Creation Lab
This section was designed as an energy lab where the visitors could freely walk around the room to learn about different forms of biomass and biofuel, divided into agricultural categories. Visitors were able to learn about them using interactive multimedia.