Lonely Planet Writer

Explore the world of Pandora at a new Avatar exhibition in Taiwan

If you’re a fan of Avatar – the 2009 science fiction film still hanging on to the title of the highest-grossing movie – you can now discover the world of Pandora at a new exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

Fans in Taiwan will be the first to experience the interactive exhibition, Avatar: Discover Pandora, which is inspired by the film. It made its global premiere at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Xinyi Place A11 6F, Xinyi Theatre in Taipei for a three-month showcase before it moves on to a five-year global tour.

The exhibit presents the fictional world of the movie, Pandora, as a real place, where visitors can learn about the lush moon, its science and ecology. It is intended to be both entertaining and educational, highlighting Pandora’s diverse and exotic flora and fauna, and the culture and mythology of its indigenous people, the Na’vi.

Joel David Moore, who played Dr. Norm Spellman, and Jon Landau, producer of AVATAR, with direhorse at AVATAR: Discover Pandora.
Joel David Moore, who played Dr. Norm Spellman, and Jon Landau, producer of AVATAR, with direhorse at AVATAR: Discover Pandora. Image by Avatar: Discover Pandora

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in “multi-sensory interactives which will allow them to see, feel, hear and even smell the wonders of Pandora”, by checking out settings such as the Hallelujah Mountains and Tree of Souls, as well as life-sized recreations of creatures including the Banshee, Direhorse, and Viperwolf. They will learn about space travel, learn what Pandora’s plants can teach people about their own planet, learn about the language and music of the Na’vi, see bioluminescent plants and animals and more .

While the film was released back in 2009, there are plans for four sequels, the first of which is scheduled for late 2018.