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This week I am featuring a photo of twin pagodas captured at the Chinese Garden,Singapore.

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Paya Lebar Airport Control Tower
Paya Lebar Airport Control Tower- Exhibit

Singapore Changi Airport is one of the best and awarded airports in the world. Really it is a beautiful place to spend some time and explore decorations. Last weekend we visited Changi Airport again to send my mother back to Sri Lanka. She spent around 3 months here in Singapore with me and it was the day for her to leave. In our visit we noticed these beautiful celebration for SG50 which Singapore celebrated her 50th Birthday in August.

SG50 at Changi Airport
Home Spots in Terminal 3
SG50 at Changi Airport

For SG50, Changi Airport presents 50 Home Spots that feature Singapore icons and aviation milestones. I didn’t capture or visited all 50 Home Spots. Instead here are some of the Home Spots which we found at Terminal 3.

So,here we go with some of the captures from SG50 at Changi Airport

Home Spot #44-#49 Cardboard Exhibits

Among the 50 Home Spots , this is one of the amazing spot to view. We found really amazing cardboard models which represents important aviation related places.

#44- Old Race Course
SG50 at Changi Airport
Old Race Course

Bit of history:

Before Seletar airport commence its operations in 1930,the Race Course was the only landing ground available in Singapore.

Old Race Course

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Old Race Course

#45- Seletar Airport Control Tower
Seletar Airport Control Tower
Seletar Airport Control Tower-Exhibit

Bit of history:

Started operations as a British Royal Air Force air base in 1928, Seletar Airport Control Tower served as military airbase and as a commercial airport till 1937.In 1937, Kallang Airport is opened. Today, Seletar Airport serves as a place for business and general aviation, the maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) sector and training flights.

#46- Kallang Airport Control Tower
Kallang Airport Control Tower
Kallang Airport Control Tower-Exhibit

Bit of history:

The government decided to build a new civil airport in 1932 with the idea arisen in 1931.Idea proposed by Sir Cecil Clementi, the Governor of the Straits Settlements finally converted to a reality and this Kallang Airport was in operation from 1937-1955.

#47- Paya Lebar Airport Control Tower
Paya Lebar Airport Control Tower
Paya Lebar Airport Control Tower- Exhibit

Bit of history:

Opened in 1955, Paya Lebar Airport was with the latest radio navigational aids and surveillance radar. This airport served as Singapore’s commercial airport until it was converted into a military airbase. Until that it served 26 years and its operations were shifted to Changi Airport.(Current Airport)

Interesting fact: In 1972 Malaysia-Singapore Airlines split and formed Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

#48- Changi Airport Control Tower
Changi Airport Control Tower
Changi Airport Control Tower-Exhibit

This is what we see when we head over to Changi Airport.This exhibit of Changi Airport Control Tower was so amazing and it really gave the feeling of home.(although Singapore is my second home)

#50-Luggage Wall of Greetings

Luggage Wall of Greetings

This is really interesting. This Luggage Wall of Greetings is built using 100 luggage pieces to form the Singapore skyline.

Luggage Wall of Greetings

It also features the Singapore landmarks such as Merlion, Changi Airport’s Control Tower, and the Singapore Flyer.

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Luggage Wall of Greetings-Changi Airport

There are luggage tags which show well wishes from people around the world. This is so unique and a creative way to celebrate SG50.

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Can you read some of the well wishes from these tags?We found these as interesting way to celebrate SG50 at Changi Airport.

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Luggage Wall of Greetings-Changi Airport
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Well wishes from Luggage Wall of Greetings-Changi Airport SG50

We had good time there at Changi Airport spotting some of these Home Spots.I feel lucky because we could still see these exhibits even after more than one month from SG50 celebrations.Read more information about Home Spots at Changi Airport from the Changi Airport website.

These days we are planning to visit Sri Lanka for a holiday.So,I am eagerly waiting to capture some other home spots from Terminal 3. Hope we will have some time to spend at the Changi Airport.

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Captured this photo of the door knocker at the Chinese Garden,Singapore.This was in the front door of the 7 storey pagoda.Earlier I shared it in colour.But,here it is in Black & white.

Which is your favourite?In colour or in Black & white?

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Bright Hill Temple or also known as Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is another Chinese Buddhist temple we visited recently.

Bit of History

Located in a large extent of land, this Bright Hill temple is a calm, quiet and peaceful place for anyone. Once this was a rubber plantation.

In 1921, Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao founded this temple as a place to provide lodging for monks and also to propagate Buddhism and its teachings.

This beautiful monastery and temple is extensively spreaded in a spacious land comprising 11 sections. Other than as a place of practicing the teachings of Lord Buddha, this Bright Hill temple is a great place to see features of Chinese Architecture. With breathtaking statues, gardens, landscapes and architectural buildings this temple complex attracted me whole day and here are some of the captures from the temple.

Photo Walk through Bright Hill Temple (Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery)

Do you remember the post I shared with some photos of peaceful views of garden from Bright Hill Temple?We found this garden when we just entered the temple.Inside the temple,there are different sections with beautiful statues and shrines.

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We walked towards the temple to enter into the first shrine.

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Hall of Compassion

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Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas is a must visit in this temple premises.You can climb the stairs inside the building to the top.This gold colour pagoda is home to the Medicine Buddha and it is a great place for meditation. Medicine Buddha is surrounded by 9,999 small Buddha making it 10,000  Buddah statues.

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Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas

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Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeAlthough this temple follows Mahayana tradition of Buddhism,I found a Bodhi Tree there.If you visit a Buddhist temple,specially a Theravada Temple,you’ll see a Bodhi tree.Interestingly,this Bodhi tree is a sapling of the Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura,Sri Lanka.

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Bodhi Tree

Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeSee the beautiful decorated ceilings and paints.

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

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Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeIn each shrine there is a large bronze pot for burning incense sticks.

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Chinese Architecture

Here are some captures to show some features of Chinese Architecture.In Singapore,I found most temples are bright coloured and red is like a theme colour.Then,roof styles are unique and dragons play an important role.These temples are with beautiful ceilings and every bit of the temple is decorated.

Bright Hill Temple-SingaporeThese are some captures of pillars, roofs and walkways of the temple which are elaborately decorated featuring Chinese Architecture.

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In any Chinese temple,we can see dragons in most decorative pillars and roof details.

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

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Beautiful ceiling details

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Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

Bright Hill Temple-Singapore

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Have you been to this Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in Singapore?
Or have you ever been to any Chinese Temple?

 

This week I am featuring  some photos of Birds of Paradise flowers captured at the Chinese Garden,Singapore.

Chinese-Garden-Singapore-21Bird of Paradise are beautiful flowers with different color variations.Earlier I’ve seen these flowers in colour combinations of red,yellow and orange.But this time I found these Bird of Paradise flowers with pink petals.

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Photo Friday is a new link up series I am starting from this week.It is always great to share and visit posts of fellow bloggers who love travel and photography.And of course,my computer is also full of random captures.Finally I thought of starting this link up series to showcase them in a photo posts.

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Chinese Garden-Singapore
Twin Pagoda at the Chinese Garden-Singapore

Chinese Garden was in my ‘to visit’ list of Singapore for a long time. However, I’ve visited this garden once, few years ago when we just settled in Singapore. At that time, I really attracted to this garden and I wanted to visit it again. Finally, last week we made a trip to the Chinese Garden. I remember it was a garden with full of landscape details and structures which anyone keeps busy. So, I prepared with my camera and even with an extra battery to spend few hours in this beautiful garden.

Anyway, when we reached Chinese Garden MRT, it started raining. We stayed more than half an hour till rain stopped. But finally, we reached the garden through drizzle. Sky was moody, so it is same with my captures too.

Once you reach this garden, you’ll see beautiful bridges over Jurong Lake. These bridges make beautiful views for the garden. Unfortunately, I was unable to capture all these as it was raining. Interestingly I was wearing this Travel Jacket with lot of pockets to keep my hands free. 🙂

Anyway, here are some captures from the Chinese Garden. Hope you’ll like even these are bit moody with raining background.

The 7 Storey Pagoda
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The 7 Storey Pagoda-Chinese-Garden-Singapore

When we enter into the Chinese Garden, this is the first thing we see. This beautiful 7 storey Pagoda is one of the signature buildings that shows Chinese architecture.

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The 7 Storey Pagoda-Chinese Garden-Singapore

You can climb the stairs till the 7th storey. But,we didn’t climb as we were tired at that time when we reached this Pagoda which is located in small hilly area of the garden.

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Looking upfrom the 1st storey of Pagoda
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Entrance Door
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Ceiling and Roof details
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Beautiful Roof of Pagoda
The 8 Chinese Legendary Heroes
The 8 Chinese Legendary Heroes, Chinese Garden-Singapore
The 8 Chinese Legendary Heroes, Chinese Garden-Singapore

In front of the 7 Storey Pagoda, and at the entrance of Chinese Garden, there are statues which feature 8 Chinese Legendary Heroes. These stone sculptures represent the famous heroes from Chinese history.

Twin Pagoda
Chinese Garden-Singapore
Twin Pagoda at the Chinese Garden-Singapore

Twin Pagoda is the next attraction in this beautiful garden. It is a must see. Located in the banks of Jurong Lake, these twin pagodas attract eyes of anyone who visit this beautiful garden.

These days, Chinese Garden is undergoing a major uplifting makeover. So, we couldn’t enter the Pagodas as it was closed. Instead we could view it from outside.

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Bonsai Garden
Bonsai Garden
Entrance of Bonsai Garden

Bonsai Garden is another mini garden which we found inside the Chinese Garden. However, it was closed for renovation work. So, we couldn’t visit it. These captures are from the outside of the Bonsai Garden.

Bonsai Garden
Some beautiful Bonsai trees and lion sculpture at the Bonsai Garden

During the few hours we spent in this Chinese Garden,we couldn’t visit most of its attractions.Turtle Museum was in my mind,but because it was about to rain again we returned home.It is a beautiful place to spend a complete day with lot of attractions including the Japanese Garden.We returned home with a plan to visit it again.

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View of the lake at Chinese Garden-Singapore
How to Reach Chinese Garden-Singapore?

Reaching to the Chinese Garden is really easy by MRT. It is just one MRT station away from the Jurong East MRT. Once you alight at the Chinese Garden MRT station, you’ll see the top of the 7-storey pagoda. Just walk out the MRT and walk along the beautiful path to enter this garden.

Entrance fee: Free for almost all attractions including the main entrance to the garden.

If you are in Singapore,have you been to the Chinese Garden?

 

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I thought of sharing some photos I captured from the Bright Hill Temple Singapore. Few days ago we visited this temple and I have some different captures.

When we entered the temple, we saw this garden with beautiful stream of water. Seems like it is an area renovated recently or have undergone some new construction. Still the trees are not grown well to give a shade. But with the beautiful views and peaceful surrounding, I can imagine the quiet and peaceful place in future ideal for relaxing.

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When we just entered this temple, we found this cute duck was walking here and there freely. For my son, it was a pleasant surprise. For me, this duck was a beautiful creature to click my camera.

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Below are some views of the water stream and trees around it.Still the place look new after construction.

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I enjoyed these beautiful views among the tress.

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Koi Pond at Bright Hill Temple

During the last weekend we visited the Bright Hill Temple. Although it is popular as Bright Hill temple, the actual name is the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery .Built in 1920, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is a place which provides lodging for monks and also practice as a Mahayana Buddhist temple.

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Koi Pond at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

With beautiful Chinese style architecture, this monastery is a calm and quiet place which provides a great location for anyone who wants to meditate or relax. With lot of detailed photos of the Bright Hill Temple, here are some of the pictures of the Koi Pond I found there. This place was very relaxing and peaceful and I attracted to the landscape details. So, at the end I have some pictures featuring this Koi Pond and its landscape details.

Koi Pond at Bright Hill Temple
Koi Pond at Bright Hill Temple

Koi Pond at Bright Hill Temple

Around this Koi Pond,there are statues which feature Buddhist Monks in different activities such as reading,meditating,chanting etc.These statues are simply attractive to see and give some peace to the mind.

Koi Pond at Bright Hill Temple
A statue featuring a Buddhist Monk reading a book.
Koi Pond at Bright Hill Temple
Beautiful Landscape details

These beautiful Koi fish were strolling around the pond giving some beautiful moment for us.We spent time looking at them and their beautiful and vibrant  colours created a beautiful art on this pond.

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Koi Pond-Bright Hill Temple
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Koi Fish

Below is a Kusamaki Tree (Podocarpus macrophyllus) grown beautifully with its sharp evergreen leaves.

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Kusamaki Tree (Podocarpus macrophyllus)                                                                     Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery -Singapore

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

Don’t you think this place is perfect for relaxing and meditating?

Foliage Garden is the next mini garden we visited in our recent visit to Singapore Botanic Gardens. We entered to the Botanic Gardens from the Bukit Timah Core entrance. Therefore, we could see this foliage garden just after spending our time at Jacob Balla Children’s Garden.

This foliage garden is a theme garden which highlights the beauty of the leaves. At the entrance we noticed its large motif signboard which features a leaf.

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Beautiful Croton plants at Foliage Garden

This garden is a place to feature a collection of old school plants like Dracaena, Cordyline and some other beautiful leafy plants which were popular in the 1970s to1980s.I was amazed by seen those plants here in Singapore, because even in Sri Lanka these plants were popular in landscaping and home garden during 1980s.So, it was a great moment to remind some old memories.

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With beautiful paths created with landscape details, this garden gave us an amazing experience with lot of different leafy plants. At the entrance, it was colorful croton plants. When we walked inside the garden, we noticed different plants with beautiful leaves which feature different colours and textures.

Foliage-Garden-Singapore-Botanic-Gardens-4We could see different plants with flowers.And some of the plants are with beautiful leaves with different designs.Below is a flower of a ginger species which I have seen red flowers before.This is the first time I noticed this yellowish colour flowers.

Foliage-Garden-Singapore-Botanic-Gardens-5At one side of the garden,there were tropical pitcher plants,but I don’t have a capture to feature here.Below is another interesting plant I captured.The leaves are with thorns,but the flower is very attractive.

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Foliage-Garden-Singapore-Botanic-Gardens-7There is a water feature inside which visitors are able to see some water plants.

Singapore Botanic Gardens-Foliage GardenAnd here are some beautiful designs of leaves.

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Foliage-Garden-Singapore-Botanic-Gardens-12At the end of the tour inside this foliage garden,I could capture a butterfly.Although it is not a clear capture,I am happy because that day I couldnt capture any butterfly inside the Botanic Gardens. 🙂

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Singapore Zoo is one of the places we visited recently and this is part 2 of my posts about Singapore Zoo and its exhibits. After watching most of the animals, we entered into the zone where we were able to watch wildlife of Africa.

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There was a hut located in this wild Africa zone where visitors are able to find information on culture and wildlife of Africa.

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We could see some of the ancient African weapons and shields which they used in the jungle.

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In this hut,there were exhibits which gives information about the African wildlife.It was interesting to read before we actually visited the animals.

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After having a glimpse on life and culture of Africa, next we headed to the zone where animals are.

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African lion was in his cave in a spacious area and we were thrilled by seen him.My son’s favourite toy is his lion and he enjoyed more time by showing his lion toy to this real lion. It was a fun time for us. 🙂

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The lion (king of the jungle)

After the king of the jungle, then we visited to see the zebras.

With stunning black and white stripes, zebras looked nice and they were relaxing in their place and spent more time chewing grass.

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Next to Zebras, we could see giraffes. It was a beautiful sight to see these inhabitants from Africa.

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Cheetah

It was a fun day at Singapore Zoo and we ended our day at the Reinforest Kidzworld.

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