Lau Pa Sat (Singapore)

Lau Pa Sat literally means "Old Market", also known as Telok Ayer Market ; it is a historic building located within the Downtown Core in the Central Area of Singapore. It is currently a food-center. There are several shops inside the market such as a 24 hours Cheers Store, a shoe repair shop, a tailor and a laundry store. In the evenings on the weekend a live band plays at the stage in the middle of the market.

Heading there is slightly difficult, thus do navigate with GPS with coordinates: 1°16′50.2″N 103°51′01.2″E   as the beautiful building is sinking amongst the tall high rise modern buildings.

The market remains one of the oldest Victorian design structure in the South-East Asia and one of the first structure built in pre-fabricated iron in Asia. It is also the only remaining market left that served the residents in the central district of early Singapore.

In the early nineteenth century, Telok Ayer Market was a simple wooden building, located on piles just over the waters of Telok Ayer Bay from which the market derived its name. The Malay name Telok Ayer means "water bay", and the then coastal road Telok Ayer Street was located alongside the bay before land reclamation work started in 1879.

Lau Pa Sat means "old market" in the vernacular Chinese of Singapore. Lau means old; pa sat is the Hokkien pronunciation of the Persian loanword bazaar (market) which is pasar in Malay. The original Telok Ayer market was one of the oldest markets in Singapore; a new market was later built along Ellenborough Road, and that market became known to the locals as the "new market" (Pasar Baru or Sin Pa Sat), while the Telok Ayer Market in turn became known colloquially as the "old market" or Lau Pa Sat. Because of its Victorian iron structure, the market is also referred to in Malay as pasar besi (market of iron).

Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore

The Asian Civilisations Museum is devoted to exploring the rich artistic heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans. Opened in 1997 and in its present building by the Singapore River since 2003, the museum traces its roots to the Raffles Museum, founded in the middle of the 19th century. ACM focuses on the many historical connections between the cultures of Asia, and between Asia and the world. Singapore’s history as a port city that brought people together from all over the world is used as a means of examining the history of Asia. Special exhibitions bring magnificent objects from around the world to our Singapore audience. Signature programmes like the annual ACM After Dark, Saturdays at ACM, and Lunchtime Concerts encourage visitors to connect more closely with culture and the arts.

Cloud Forest: Garden by the Bay

The Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist. Take in breathtaking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems. And learn about rare plants and their fast-disappearing environment. Explore the tropical highlands amidst orchids, pitcher plants and ferns from the cool-moist Tropical Montane region. Be amazed as you encounter the world's tallest indoor waterfall at 35 meters and descend through the surreal mist-filled Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk.

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Wishing you a happy new year 2019!

Blessings from GARUDA WISNU KENCANA, a Cultural Park that is approximately 60ha area of cultural park located in Ungasan, Badung Regency. GWK Cultural Park offers a lavish Indonesian cultural heritage for years to come with the upcoming monumental Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue as the Indonesian Icon of civilization, the number one cultural icon in Bali.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is the symbol of God Vishnu riding the great Garuda as his trusted companion. The statue is designed to be one of the world’s largest and highest monumental statue in the world. Total height of the statue is 120m, consists of 24 segments and formed with 754 modules made of copper and brass coated patina acid.

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Tamblingan Lake

Lake Tamblingan is a caldera lake located in Buleleng Regency. The lake is located at the foot of Mount Lesung in Munduk administrative village, Banjar subdistrict, Buleleng Regency, Bali. The lake is one of the three lakes that formed inside an ancient caldera, the other lakes to the east of Lake Tamblingan are Lake Buyan and Lake Bratan. Tamblingan lake is a pristine lake surrounded with dense rainforest and archaeological remnants of the 10th-century Tamblingan civilization. The lake and the surrounding settlements is designated as a spiritual tourism area protected from modern development by the government.

Lake Tamblingan is surrounded with many ancient Balinese temples (puras). The many temples surrounding the lake is associated with the ancient Tamblingan civilization. Tamblingan is first mentioned in a 900s CE copper inscription as a settlement located on the southern shore of Tamblingan Lake. This copper inscriptions was discovered in the village of Gobleg, another ancient village located near Munduk. The ancient temple Pura Dalem Tamblingan is still maintained today, located on the southern shore of Lake Tamblingan in what is now a small village of Gubug.

Due to an unknown reason, the people from the original Tamblingan village migrated to four different places in the vicinity of the lake, creating new villages collectively known as Catur Desa ("four villages"). These villages are Munduk, Gobleg, Gesing, and Umejero. The four villages shared similar spiritual belief, that is to maintain the sanctity of the lake Tamblingan. Temples were established along the lake Tamblingan to honor the gods.