It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. -Confucius
A lot of iconic buildings and landmarks are built to attract people from all over the globe to visit this small lion city of Singapore. Statue of Merlion, the durian shaped Esplanade, Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands skyscraper are a few of Singapore’s tourist attractions. However, this small country is still maintaining its cultural relics of the past.
In fact, Singapore architectural charm is not only manifested in the form of huge and luxury buildings. Chinese Garden which is located in Jurong East is one of the good example. Chinese Garden or alson known as Jurong Garden is a symbol of ancient Chinese-style architecture in a form of enormous garden. When I set my foot on Chinese Garden, I felt like I was drawn into a passage of time that brought me back to China in the middle ages.
Built in 1975 and designed by Prof. Yuen-chen Yu, an architect from Taiwan, the Chinese Garden’s concept is based on Chinese gardening art and modeled along the northern Chinese imperial architecture and landscaping style.The garden which was once used as a setting for the Amazing Race Asia is located a bit far from the city center. Thus, it offers us a very tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.
Right at the main entrance of Chinese Garden, we can visit a seven storey Pagoda which was built inspired by Ling Ku Pagoda in Nanjing, China. The pagoda also adopts some eastern architectural philosophy and wisdom. Not only the shape of the pagoda should be adapted to other buildings surround it in terms of size and distance, the shape and location of the park and the river have to be balanced with the shape of the building as well. This is all the formula needed to create a natural balance between a building and its environment. The yin and yang, to complement each other.
If you somehow get bored of shopping around Orchard road and need a solitude time for yourself, Chinese Garden is a nice place for you to explore. Not far from the pagoda, there stood a life size stone statue of Confucius, a great famous Chinese philosopher. At the bottom of the statue is carved a sentence: “In teaching there should be no class distinction”. Ah, surely a wise old man he was, Confucius.
How to get here:
You can take the green East West Line Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) route and get off at the Chinese Garden station, one stop after Jurong East station. If you happen to travel straight from Changi airport, you don’t need to change route in order to get here.