SUNTEC CITY, Introduction

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Hi, my name’s Jill, and I’m your personal guide. Along with MyWoWo, I’d like to welcome you to one of the Wonders of the World: Suntec City.

Construction of the large Suntec City multi-purpose complex began in January 1992, and was completed in July 1997. Today, the Suntec City Office Towers host the Embassies of Spain, Rwanda, Chile and Qatar, as well as numerous foreign business offices. The complex is the hub of Singapore’s overseas trade.

The Suntec City Mall in the complex, with its 82,500 square meters of stores, was the largest shopping mall in Singapore until VivoCity opened in 2006. There is also a club house called Suntec City Guild House, located on the fifth floor.

What is interesting about Suntec City is that it was designed by the Tsao & McKown Architects team in accordance with the principles of Chinese Feng Shui.

Feng Shui, which literally means wind water, is a Chinese philosophical system guided by the belief that everything must be in harmony with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked with Taoism, and in architecture, it requires that the "invisible forces" that bind the universe, the earth and humankind together be taken into consideration.

The five towers that make up Suntec City and the convention center are arranged in the shape of a left hand. The Fountain of Wealth, in the center of the complex, resembles a gold ring in the palm of the hand. The fountain is made of bronze, and the balance created by the metal and the water is believed to clear the road to success; and, in fact, its Chinese name means "new successes".

The Fountain of Wealth, widely considered to be the largest in the world, occupies an area of about 1700 square meters, and it is almost 14 meters high. The bronze ring the water flows from has a circumference of 66 meters. A jet of water occasionally springs from the center, rising above the ring.

 

Let me leave you with an interesting fact: in some periods during the day, the Fountain of Wealth is switched off, and visitors are invited to walk three times around a mini fountain in the center, because it brings good luck.

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