Wednesday, 12 December 2007

The Fountain of Wealth

Tuesday night, still not in the mood to go home early, I decided to roam around and take a peek on some of the city's “eye candy”. I was heading to the City Hall MRT station when an idea popped into my mind, “why not go and visit Suntec City?”. And so the next thing I knew is that I'm walking in the busy underground path of the Raffles City Link going to Suntec.

Suntec City is Singapore's largest shopping mall. The convention center inside the mall is also the home of the annual IT Show. Situated at the hub of the shopping mall is The Fountain of Wealth, the largest fountain in the world according to the 1998 Guiness Book of Records.

Built in 1995 as part of Suntec City development, this giant fountain is made up of bronze, having a circular ring with a circumference of 66 meters supported on four slanted columns. The area covered by the fountain reaches 1683.07 meters, and a height of 13.8 meters.

At night, a laser and sound performance takes place in the fountain. Live song and laser message dedications can also be seen. During that night, the laser light displays “Love is the Message” in various animated way, while the background music is from the movie Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor singing “Come What May”.

In Chinese culture, water is the symbol of life and wealth, and the inward motion of the water symbolizes the retention of wealth for Suntec City. Water that's flowing inwards represents riches pouring in, according to feng shui experts. I just noticed that during that night, the water isn't flowing inwards but outwards instead. Water was being sprinkled upwards into the air, I think that means “sharing the blessings”.

It is believed that a visitor who walk around the central base of the fountain three times and touching the water at all times will gain good luck. Too bad I wasn't able to do this, maybe on my next visit when the fountain is turned off.

Here are some of the pictures that I took during that night. I also recorded a short video clip of the laser and sound presentation (to be uploaded soon). The last photo is a christmas tree located at the upper level of the fountain.

Truly it is a feast for the eye, a beautiful sight indeed.



Reign said...

OMG... this is really great! so vivid. galing mong kumuha ah!

leviuqse said...

nice place!!!!

you can feel the xmas !!!!

cora said...

Ganda naman jan..... :)