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Interview with Hungary

1. Are there any cultural highlights you would like to share on your country?

  Hungary is a beautiful country in the heart of Europe. Whether you visit Budapest, the capital city, the picturesque castles, palaces in smaller cities or the stunning countryside – finding hidden treasures is guaranteed.
  Visitors can discover Hungary’s most beautiful sights in various ways: while hiking, walking, on two wheels, relaxing in any thermal baths or visiting museums. Whichever they choose, they will get to come upon a different face of the country each time.
  Budapest (the capital city) has managed to preserve its historical atmosphere and special eclectic cityscape, while allowing new places to open one after the other, and continues to be a vibrant metropolis. You will find interesting cultural events in abundance and many excellent entertainment venues in Budapest. Many hidden treasures, the secrets of past times, stories of fortunes rising and falling, and sultry gossip lie there on the street, just waiting to be discovered.
  Discover the treasures of the past. The country’s built heritage, its castles, palaces and historical legacy are unparalleled. Esterházy Castle in Fertőd is the largest Baroque palace in Hungary. It was where Joseph Haydn lived and worked. Buda Castle, with its characteristic dome, stands on top of Buda Castle Hill. Vajdahunyad Castle was built on the manmade island in City Park Lake that surrounds the building, which can be accessed via four bridges.

2. Are there any special exhibits/ cultural items that people shouldn’t have missed at your Pavilion? What’s so special about it?

  The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Ernő Rubik, a Hungarian architecture professor. The professor created the Magic Cube (original name) as a tool to teach his students about 3-dimensional spaces. Rubik called his Cube a piece of art and at the same time an intellectual task.
  Now the Rubik’s Cube is one of the most beloved toys in the whole world. Each year millions of Cubes are sold and solved. Competitions are organized regularly in several countries.
  The visitors of the Pavilion can try to solve the Cube and they can even win one if they do our quiz.

3. Would you like to share any stories/cultural highlight of your country to people in Hong Kong?

  The Rubik’s Cube has 43 quintillion combinations but speed cubers can solve it within seconds. There are teaching videos and books about solving the puzzle. Interesting fact: in 1974 it took Rubik more than a months to solve his own Cube.

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