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On the northern corner of the royal park two monuments can be seen, which are rather unusual for Belgium, but nevertheless splendid. After his visit to the 1900 universal Exhibition in Paris King Leopold II decided to have his park embellished with exotic monuments. He ordered the Parisian architect Alexandre Marcel to construct the Japanese tower and the Chinese Pavilion. The entrance of the Japanese tower had by build as the Japanese pavilion at the Paris exhibition by a Japanese carpenter. The woodwork of both buildings was made by specialists from Yokohama and Shanghai.

After restoration works the two monuments can be visited. On display are Chinese porcelain items from the 17th and 19th century and Japanese art objects.

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