Expo 2015: the South Korea’s Moon Jar

Entrance of South Korea pavilion - photo by gazzetta.it
Entrance of South Korea pavilion – photo by gazzetta.it

It is one of the most interesting pavilions and it is strongly focused on the theme of Expo.

The Moon Jar (The Moon Pot) inspires its minimalist and essential architecture: its figure remembers a full moon and it is a traditional Korean ceramic pot, where foods, such as “jeod-gal” or “jang”, are preserved.

The main stair is very particular…On the two walls there are two different stories: on the right side you can find the name of dishes from all over the world; some of them are in relief and the others have been written by the visitors.

The left side of the wall
The left side of the wall

On the left side, it is told the history of human’s evolution: you can see the transition from a thin hunter to the contemporary fat man who usually eats sausages.

The meditation is more interesting in the next room, where, near a tree covered by tar, an hologram of a starved child looks at you with sad eyes.

The Korean child
The Korean child

If the first part of the pavilion is quite conceptual, then the visitor can discover the traditional  Korean science of  food and its proposals for the future.

“We are what we eat” and “what we have to eat and what is the sustainable way to eat?”

What to eat?
What to eat?

Hansik is the answer: Ask and the Tradition will answer you.

The Korean’s way of cooking is based on the concept of balance, the attention to details such as the ingredient’s colors or the foods’ seasonality is the main characteristic.

“Fermentation” is the most important concept: it happens in the “onggi”, a big pot “which breaths and absorbs the energy of the Earth

At the end, in the last section: Hansik, food for the future. It is a circular room with green walls and plants and this is the answer: with the Hansik it is possible to reach the harmony with nature.

Moon Jar
Moon Jar

In the Korean pavilion you can enjoy a journey through the tradition… in a Moon Jar.

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