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Greece. The cradle of civilization… unfailingly tasty

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The cradle of democracy and philosophy, Greece has roots that feed deep in the earth of history. Here turquoise seas stretch out as a shining backdrop behind white island houses, and marble monuments embrace with nature in simple sunlit primeval beauty.

The cradle of democracy and philosophy, Greece has roots that feed deep in the earth of history. Here turquoise seas stretch out as a shining backdrop behind white island houses, and marble monuments embrace with nature in simple sunlit primeval beauty.
Greek history, myths and legends together tell a tale of harmony with nature, and today Olympian mountains, hills, plains, woodlands, islands and the glimmering wine-dark sea together frame the classical beauty of monuments and archaeological sites. Art and culture intertwine everywhere in timeless images brought to life by the warmth and hospitality of the Greek people. The cradle of Western civilization is also the heart of the Mediterranean, its history pulsing proudly as it gazes into the future.
Millennial flavors alive in simple and genuine ingredients
Greece’s millennial gastronomic traditions are based above all on simplicity, with intense, unfussy ingredients from the land and sea: black olives, anchovies, vegetables, fish, fruit and nuts and honey. Its classic dishes include Moussaka, a kind of pie with minced meat, eggplant, white sauce and cheese, Souvlaki, spicy meat skewers, Greek Salad, with tomatoes, olives and cucumber, a summer specialty above all. Omnipresent at table, Tzatziki, an intense sauce based on yogurt, cucumber and garlic, and Gyros kebab with pita bread.
 
Purity, through interactive images and sounds
The Greek Pavilion is highly interactive, demonstrating to visitors the purity, nutritional value, tradition and efficiency of the country’s products and commerce. Technological installations, plus the use of simple traditional objects, are cleverly used to implement a creative visual and acoustic approach, offering visitors a poetically explorative journey through the country’s marvels.
 
 
 

Ecuador: A gem forged by several cultures and set in the middle of the planet

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The Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, and colonial cities. Although small in size, Ecuador is a vast treasure trove of beauty, diversity and gastronomical delights.

Ecuador, which is located where the equator crosses the Andes, is a country with four different geographical regions: La Costa (the coast) to the west, consisting of alluvial land and a small mountain range; La Sierra (the highlands), which is the Andean region in the central part of the country; El Oriente (the east), which encompasses the eastern slopes of the Andes and the lowlands belonging to the Amazon basin; and La Región Insular (island region), which includes the Galapagos Islands. Around 18 percent of the world's bird species, 18 percent of its orchids, 10 percent of its amphibians and 8 percent of its mammals live in Ecuador. The country's abundant natural resources include native forests that occupy almost half of the country's surface area. Unsurprisingly, the country is listed as one of the 17 most megadiverse countries on the planet.
 
A taste of diversity
The contrasting landscapes and different altitudes have favored the development of cities boasting spectacular colors and nature. Each region of Ecuador tells its own story through traditions and gastronomy: the typical produce varies due to the different climates and indigenous peoples, and includes quinoa, potatoes, corn and cocoa. In particular, "cacao nacional" is a delicate native cocoa bean produced only in Napo province in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and has been awarded the Slow Food Presidium mark.

Ecuador at Expo Milano 2015: a joyful journey to the center of life and biodiversity 
The variety, diversity and roots of Ecuador are showcased in its Pavilion, starting with the kaleidoscopic and colorful façade. Celebrating this country of 14 nationalities and 18 indigenous peoples, the spectacle of colors, lights and stories make it a genuine treasure trove of attractions that offers visitors a wealth of images, sounds and landscapes.
 
 
 

The Republic of Korea. Its natural beauty should be admired in the moonlight

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On June 23 the Republic of Korea is celebrating its National Day at Expo Milano 2015. The keywords you need to know to get maximum enjoyment out of the day are: white, moon, rice and beauty.

The Republic of Korea occupies the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and is washed by the Sea of Japan. Its incredible landscapes, its characteristic terraced agricultural land and the size of its mountains and peaks have always played a very important role in forging a very strong and cohesive national identity. Alongside nature, its almost unique language and Confucian culture have made further contributions. This is why Korean traditions are often little known beyond the national borders. 
 
Cooking in the moonlight 
Korean cooking also reflects the importance the population attaches to the land. Rice is one of the ingredients which must never be missing, often accompanied by broth or soup. One of the dishes you can sample at the Republic of Korea Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is Haecho soba bibimbap, a meal in a bowl with shiitake mushroom porridge. But another interesting aspect of Korean cookery is the role played by the Moon. For example, the Moon Jar is a traditional white porcelain jar in the shape of a full moon, where food is kept and fermented. 
 
We are what we eat 
A reference to the full Moon is also to be found in the Republic of Korea Pavilion, which is completely white, a color which also symbolizes celebration. Its architecture was inspired precisely by the Moon Jar, and also aims to represent the concept of natural beauty. The theme chosen by the Korean Pavilion is “Hansik” (Korean food), “food for the future: you are what you eat”, a unique opportunity to get to know the healthiest Korean foods for the body and for the future of humankind. To express all this in the best possible way, the Republic of Korea Pavilion is getting all dressed up on June 23 to celebrate its National Day.
 

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