This Island In Japan Is A Massive Art Gallery With Futuristic Houses As Exhibits

Naoshima Is Japan’s Art Island By The Sea

Japan is famous for creating kawaii characters like Hello Kitty, Gudetama and My Melody. They’ve spearheaded the anime and manga industry, but did you know that they’ve amassed their artistic installations, museums and cutting-edge architecture all-in-one island?

Located a short 3-hour ride from Osaka, Naoshima Island is the home of numerous museums with world-class collections, including paintings by Claude Monet and Andy Warhol.

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Located at the Kagawa prefecture, the island features lush green trees in resonance with beautifully-designed buildings. If you’re ready to experience high-class art on steroids, here’s what to expect.

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1. Benesse House Museum

Those who want to stay on the island for several days should book their stay at the Benesse House Museum. The facility combines the art museum and the hotel based on the concept of “coexistence of nature, art and architecture”.

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The building is composed of four-themed lodgings which include Museum, Oval, Park and Beach. Each room is guaranteed to have a gorgeous seaside view of the Seto Inland Sea.

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The main attraction is the Oval which includes a mesmerising pond surrounded by six rooms.

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Bask in panoramic seaviews at their museum suites which is closest to the drawings, paintings, prints, and artworks.

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The park is composed of guestroom verandas facing lush green lawns and the mountains of Shikoku. Art connoisseurs will be happy to find that the bedrooms contain open-air artwork and easy access to nearby restaurants and shops.

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All suites offer a marvelous seaside view, but if you want to be close enough to hear the waves lapping at the shore then opt for the beach suite. The view from the room is parallel to the sea which makes you feel like you’re floating on top of water.

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2. Chichu Art Museum

The Chichu Art Museum is an underground structure that uses natural light to alter the appearance of various installations throughout the day or seasons.

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Viewing Time/Timeless/No Time by Walter De Maria feels like a trip to the throne room. A flight of steps leads visitors towards a majestic black granite sphere at the centre.

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James Turrel’s Open Sky lets viewers subtly experience the transformations of natural light from morning to night.

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3. Lee Ufan Museum

Massive concrete walls lead towards the entrance of the Lee Ufan museum which boasts of two-dimensional paintings and symbolic sculptures.

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The installations are connected through their simplicity and elegance, though some rooms are bathed in light whilst others are covered in darkness.

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4. Ando Museum

The Ando Museum is a 100-year-old traditional wooden house at Honmura. Similar to the other museums’, the installations play with contrasting elements like past/present, wood/concrete and light/shadow.

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Unlike most homes, the interiors consist of concrete space with a skylight originating from the top of the wooden roof.

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The goal of this masterpiece is to create a space with a rich sense of depth in spite of its small size.

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4. Art House Project

The Art House project is composed of abandoned houses, shrines, and temples that have been turned into art installations.

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Each house takes guests back to the past like this building which was a former office by a local dentist, 200 years ago.

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The inside of each home is transformed by artists like the Sea of Time by Tatsuo Miyajima.

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Art anywhere & everywhere

They say art is all around us, but it’s definitely on an entirely new level at Naoshima Art Island.

The island has a variety of museums created by popular artists across the world — even the hotel rooms have priceless pieces.

You can take a trip from Singapore to Japan’s Takamatsu Airport via Japan Airlines or Korean Air. From there, take the train from Takamatsu (Kagawa) station and depart at Uno station. Get a ride from the nearby ferry at Uno, which is headed to Honmura.

If you’re planning a trip to Osaka’s castles and Pokemon centres, why not consider making a day trip to Naoshima. The island is only 3 hours away by train.

Naoshima Benessee House Museum

Check in: From 3:00pm
Check out: Until 11:00pm
Contact: +81 878923223
Booking details: Naoshima’s website

Naoshima is the perfect place to view some of the world’s greatest creations and architectural feats. We all love visiting the museum, but there’s something alluring about these experiential art installations that you have to see for yourself.

Featured image from Instagram and Benesse Art Site.

Changi Airport T4 Go-Kart Track Lets You Race With Friends In Real Life Mario Kart Adventures

Dino-Themed Carnival At Changi Airport Has Go-Kart & Bouncy Castle

With December fast approaching, the end of year festivities are in full swing.

And this year, Changi Airport has some exciting things planned for us.

Changi Airport’s Festive Village Has Huge Dinosaurs, 16m Christmas Tree & Snow Slide Till 3 Jan

Dinosaurs are invading the airport and they’re not just posing for awesome Christmas decorations.

From Thursday (26 Nov), there’ll be a dino-themed carnival at Terminal 4 (T4), including an exciting go-kart experience.

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Read on to find out what else is in store for us at Changi Airport this festive season.

Mini go-kart races at Changi Airport

While we may be ‘trapped’ in Singapore this end-of-year holidays, fret not, as there’ll still be plenty of reasons for you to visit Changi Airport.

Instead of boarding planes, this time you can sit in a little go-kart and whiz up and down the roads around Changi Airport.

From Thursday (26 Nov), the T4 taxi bay will take on a new look, as a racing track.

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At dusk, the circuit lights up with psychedelic neon lights, and you’ll even be able to race through a lighted tunnel.

Now you can take your Mario Kart adventures with friends to the real world with this exhilarating Dino Kart experience.

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You’ll be able to zoom down the 200m track, testing your Tokyo drift skills by manoeuvering past 12 bends.

Children above 9 years old can also join in the fun on a novice circuit specially designed for younger racers. But they will have to be above at least 1.3m tall.

If you’re thinking that such an adventure is going to cost you a bomb, that’s where you’re wrong. Prices begin at just $12 for kids and $15 for adults.

Even better, if you’re going to do some holiday shopping at Changi Airport, activity passes for the carnival can also be redeemed at a discounted price for every $30 spent.

You can find out more details here.

Jump for joy at Dino Bounce

Dinosaur-loving little ones have even more reasons to jump for joy this year.

The carnival will also have Dino Bounce, a 30m long bouncy castle.

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There’ll be 2 play zones at this jumbo inflatable — Dino Bounce Land and Dino Bounce Sea.

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The young and young at heart will be able to conquer multiple obstacles like scaling a tower as they bounce on their favourite dinosaurs.

They’ll even be able to slide down a mammoth Brontosaurs’ back, which is 4m tall.

Dino Bounce is suitable for children between 5 to 12 years old, with a minimum height requirement of 1m.

Activity passes can be bought at just $8.

Dinosaur-themed market for festive goodies

If you can’t get enough of the prehistoric creatures, you can check out Dino Fest, a festive dinosaur-themed market at the T4 Departure Hall.

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The market will run from 3 to 27 Dec, operating from Thurs to Sun. Opening hours are from 3pm to 11pm.

According to TODAY, there’ll be some 50 retail stalls set up, offering everything from food to adorable merchandise.

As you window shop, brace yourself for some special visitors as well. Dinosaurs will be seen roaming about from time to time, so don’t miss some great photo ops especially for the little ones.

To round off the experience, hop on over to Terminal 3 to walk alongside the majestic dinosaurs in a winter wonderland.

Head down to Changi Airport to join in the fun

Changi Airport will certainly be bustling with activities this festive season.

If you’re planning to head down for some dino-mite fun, here are the details for the Dino Kart and Dino Bounce:

Changi Airport Terminal 4
Address: 10 Airport Boulevard, Terminal 4, Singapore 819665
Opening hours:
Mon-Wed: 3-10pm
Thurs-Sun, Public Holidays: 2-11pm
Nearest MRT station: Changi Airport

There are also plenty of buses that will get you to T4. By MRT, you can hop onto the Dino Shuttle service from Terminal 3. Changi Rewards members and those under 16 get to ride for free, while others will have to pay $2.

The Dino Kart runs from now till 31 Dec, while the Dino Bounce will end on 3 Jan.

Excited to join in all the holiday fun? Why not jio your friends in the comments below?

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at hello@mustsharenews.com.

Featured image courtesy of Changi Airport.

This Luxurious AF Marble Cafe In Bangkok Has S$2 Coffee For Aspiring Royals On A Budget

Marble Cafe In Bangkok Has Beautiful Outdoor Gardens To Match Its Luxurious Interior

When in Bangkok, we often binge on food and hoard retail goods because of the favourable exchange rate.

You may feel crazy rich whilst shopping at Thailand’s famous night markets, but you’ll definitely feel like royalty inside this marble cafe in the city.

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The establishment boasts of a marble-laden interior, an extravagant outdoor garden and a surprisingly affordable menu.

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Let’s have a sneak peek at this cafe that would put most alabaster palaces to shame.

Interior with an exquisite marble finish

The cafe is entirely made out of imported marble and it looks luxurious not just from the outside, but on the inside too.

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Marble-laden interiors have graced the halls of Bangkok’s best-known temples, so if you wanted to hang out in a cafe that mimics a dining room for kings, then this is the place to be.

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You might’ve spent long nights at local cafes cramming work, but now you can feel like a crazy rich employee while fielding calls from your boss and clients.

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Feel free to hangout and catch up with friends while enjoying good ol’ coffee on this sofa surrounded by round marble tables and seats.

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Stunning outdoor marble garden

If you prefer enjoying a cup of coffee in the great outdoors, then we’ve got awesome news for you! Marble Cafe comes with a stunning garden that features marble steps and scenic miniature ponds.

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Just imagine basking in the glow of the sun on these interestingly cut lounge chairs beside their outdoor pool. All you’ll need is to pair your sunbathing experience with a glass of classic iced Thai milk tea while perched on these reclined marble chairs.

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Kids looking inside ponds to find fishes will discover marble statues staring right back at them instead.

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There’s no need to worry about running out of outdoor seats because several stone benches are scattered across the property.

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This means that no matter where you turn, you’ll easily be able to get your money’s worth of pics for the ‘gram.

Affordable coffee & desserts

There’s no denying that the cafe’s exterior looks like a majestic palace garden. Prices for luxurious experiences may seem sky high, but you’ll find that the cafe’s menu is very much affordable.

Start your morning coffee runs with their lattes, espresso, Americano coffee and Nitro coffee from S$2.17 (50 Baht).

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Not a coffee person? No problem. You can choose from smoothies, teas and sodas — along with a classic crisp brown toasted bread for breakfast.

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Dessert lovers can take their pick from their assorted set of cheesecakes, tarts, fruit cakes and brownies from S$6.29 (145 Baht).

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Their mousse cakes appear to be made by gifted pastry chefs and we can’t wait to munch on these heavenly pink entremets.

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This cherry pink raspberry mousse cake is their signature treat that will surely satisfy your sugar cravings.

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How to get there

Marble Cafe is just a 17-min taxi ride from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

You can tell your driver to take you to “Stone Gallery”, and you’ll be within walking distance of the cafe.

The cafe is near Airport Link Hua Mak and Hua Mak Railway Station.

Look out for a small establishment beside Bangkok Stone Gallery. Parking is also available if you’ll be driving there.

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Address: 566 Srinakarin Road, Suanluang Bangkok, Thailand 10250
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 9:00am to 6:00pm, closed on Sunday.
Contact No: 02-7204732-4

If you’re going to Bangkok for a short vacation and craving a little of life’s luxuries, a short stay in this cafe is all you need.

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Singapore’s Tallest Building Isn’t Just An Office — It Contains A Hotel, Apartments, And A Fancy Park

GuocoLand Tower Looks To Rejuvenate And Transform Tanjong Pagar

For over 20 years, the record for Singapore’s tallest building stood tall at a towering 280 metres.

This feat was shared by three different buildings until 2016, when the GuocoLand Tower – better known as Tanjong Pagar Centre – edged them out by a mere 10 metres to claim the title.

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But other than being really tall, what makes this building in particular so special? Only one way to find out.

By reading the rest of the article, of course.

About Tanjong Pagar Centre

Costing a whopping $3.2 billion to develop, the 64-storey building is geographically located in the heart of the district and was built on one of Singapore’s busiest MRT stations — Tanjong Pagar.

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At 290 metres tall, the tower also boasts 32% in energy savings thanks to glazing and directional shading which lowers glare from the sun. GuocoLand managing director Cheng Hsing Yao also told Channel NewsAsia that the building played a vital role in rejuvenating Tanjong Pagar into a business and lifestyle hub in the Central Business District (CBD).

This will bring in a lot more traffic into the area. At the same time, it will also uplift the infrastructure, the facilities and amenities for the district.

But what exactly can you do in this building anyway? Perhaps the question you should be asking is what can’t you do.

Things to do there

Exemplifying the work-live-play concept, the mixed-use development features 5 fully integrated components.

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They are:

  • Grade A Office Tower
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Prestigious Residences
  • Retail Malls
  • Urban Park

Being built atop Tanjong Pagar MRT station also means that employees and residents have direct access to both stations — the other being the upcoming Maxwell MRT.

Amazing office environment

Containing almost 900,000 sq ft of office space, each floor of the Guoco Tower able to accommodate up to 450 people.

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It occupies 38 storeys but due to office units having higher ceilings than homes, it stands roughly as tall as a 50-floor residential building instead.

Unbelievable residential apartments

Taking up the 39th to 64th storeys is the residential portion of the building, Wallich Residence.

Starting at the 180 metre mark, HSR research head Elaine Chow told The Straits Times that the units could be marketed at more than $3,000 per sq ft. With penthouses boasting unrivaled and breathtaking panorama of the city and sea, it’s quite literally the highest level one can aspire to in Singapore.

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When asked about how the view was atop of Singapore’s tallest building, Mr Cheng had the following to say:

It was really amazing.

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Well, he wasn’t lying.

A park, retail, and hotel as well

Other amenities include the Sofitel Singapore City Centre hotel, six levels of retail bringing a mix of F&B and retail options, as well as a 150,000 sq ft garden offering open green space to allow residents to unwind from work and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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See, it’s not just another tall and boring office building — it even has a private gym inside.

Maybe one day we’ll earn enough to be able to stay at such a place.

Guess we’ll just stick to our measly HDBs for now.

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IKEA Jurong Is A 3-Storey Outlet With Cashless Checkouts & An In-House Diner For Meatballs

IKEA Jurong Opens On 29 Apr, Has Digitalised Services Like Cashless Counters

Heads up Westies, IKEA is finally coming to your neighbourhood.

With 2 blue-box warehouses in Tampines and Alexandra, IKEA is bringing its Scandanavian furniture and meatballs to Jurong, and this time with a twist.

Officially opening on Thursday (29 Apr), IKEA Jurong is Southeast Asia’s first ‘small-store’ that’s located in a shopping mall, i.e. Jem.

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The futuristic outlet has cashless self-checkout counters, touchscreen way-finders and a click & collect bistro that allows you to order signature dishes online and dabao back.

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We’ve toured the place to give you an idea of what to expect if you’re planning to head down over the long weekend.

IKEA Jurong has eye-catching digital services

Located inside Jem, the massive 6,500 sq m outlet spans 3 storeys.

You’ll be greeted at various points in-store with interactive touchscreen directories that make navigating around more fuss-free.

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You can also check out all models of any furniture, despite not being on display, on the new Width-and-Depth tablets scattered around.

The novel gadgets even allow you to Design-Your-Own (DIY) furniture by dragging and assembling various parts on-screen.

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Departing from traditional counters, co-workers at IKEA Jem will be walking around with a tablet to offer you on-the-spot assistance.

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So you can take measurements, discuss home designs, and place your order at one go without having to go back to counters.

First cashless outlet with self-checkouts

Further upping the digitalisation game, IKEA Jem is a cashless store that has self-checkout counters on every level.

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You can choose to drop in on any level to get what you need, be done and check out, without having to go through the entire store.

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Moreover, monitors above the self-checkouts tell you how crowded counters on every level are, so you can skip the queue by simply going to a different floor.

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Of course, the store has built-in lifts and escalators so moving across storeys won’t be much of a hassle.

Clips showcase families living in showrooms

Another new feature has to be the showrooms in the IKEA Jurong outlet.

Located beside every showroom is a small interactive screen with a doorbell. Press it, and you’ll see a self-intro from the ‘family’ that lives in the unit.

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This will give you a better idea of the profile of families suited for the designs of every showroom.

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In-house dining with click & collect bistro

And of course, there’s the highly anticipated IKEA cafeteria that many Singaporeans know and love.

The IKEA Jem outlet, due to space limitations, will have a downsized cafeteria. No thanks to the pandemic, it can only accommodate up to 160 pax for now.

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But in case you don’t manage to chope a table during peak hours, not to worry.

Simply scan the QR code to place an order online. You can also select the time slot for your pick-ups.

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The store also comes with an automated ice cream machine, so you can tap any credit or debit card, and make your own Swedish ice cream.

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Despite its limited space, families visiting IKEA will still have a play station for their kiddos with interactive dinosaur paintings.

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IKEA Jurong is directly linked to Jurong East MRT

IKEA Jem is officially opening tomorrow (29 Apr). If you are one of the first 500 visitors, you’ll get a customised IKEA carrier bag.

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Can’t wait to check it out? Well, it’s located inside Jem shopping mall, right beside Jurong East MRT station.



IKEA Jurong @ Jem Shopping Mall
Address:
50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #02-12/13/14, #03-15/16/17, #04-20/21/22, Singapore 608549
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm daily
Nearest MRT: Jurong East station

Jio your family and friends in the West, and head down to check out the store together!

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at hello@mustsharenews.com.

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S’pore Had A Tang Dynasty Village In Jurong That Transported Visitors To Ancient China

Tang Dynasty Village Had Life Size Great Wall Of China & Terracotta Warriors

As far as attractions in Singapore are concerned, USS and Gardens by The Bay are without a doubt the most popular ones right now.

However, back in the 1990s, Tang Dynasty Village seemed to be the grandest one on our sunny island.

Located close to Jurong Lake Garden, Tang Dynasty Village was supposed to be what put Singapore films on the world map, while also being a theme park.

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Unfortunately, the $70-million attraction lasted less than 10 years, opening in Jan 1992 and closing 7 years later in 1999.

Tang Dynasty Village took visitors back to ancient China

The attraction transported visitors back to the era when period shows tend to set — the Tang dynasty of China.

Spanning over 12 hectares – the size of 18 football fields – Tang Dynasty Village was truly a hugely-ambitious attraction.

The attraction was impressive even from the outside, with a 3m tall life-size replica of the Great Wall of China surrounding it.

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As they entered, visitors were greeted by a intricately-designed ancient village, with an artificial lake and traditional arch bridge in the centre.

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A recreation of the era’s culture and aesthetic, the movie town cum theme park was a refreshing entertainment concept.

It provided a space for Chinese films to be produced whilst being a tourist attraction for both locals and tourists alike.

Ancient village touted as Singapore’s own USS

At the time, some even deemed Tang Dynasty City to be Singapore’s very own Universal Studios.

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In its heyday, throngs of visitors flocked to the park and business was booming.

With large crowds, street performers, and costumed actors portraying courtesans and soldiers, it was an atmosphere filled with excitement.

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Within the walls, the village’s most famous attraction was the large number of terracotta warrior replicas.

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Those who have visited the Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Museum in Xi’An will certainly find the life-sized ‘army’ a familiar sight.

The attraction also had palaces, pagodas, and buildings adorned with Chinese lanterns — making it a pretty accurate depiction of Chinese cities back in those days.

Attraction closed in 1999 after operating for 7 years

Stakeholders had high hopes for the Tang Dynasty Village — whch was expected to draw 900,000 visitors a year and profit estimated to reach $20 million a year.

Although the village drew large crowds initially, that sadly did not last.

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A combination of high admission prices and lacklustre attractions saw the number of visitors dwindle.

Its eventual downfall came with the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997. 2 years later in 1999,  Tang Dynasty Village closed down.

The village was left abandoned for many years with its collapsed statues and dilapidated buildings coverd with overgrown moss.

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The site even became thought of as one of Singapore’s most haunted places.

Eventually in January 2008, the fall of Singapore’s Tang Dynasty was cemented with its demolition.

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Since then, speculations have been made about the development of the area, including a plan for an Integrated Resort. Today, the plot of land remains vacant.

An interesting and impressive part of Singapore’s history

While Tang Dynasty Village might have come to an end in Singapore more than a decade ago, it remains an impressive architectural feat.

It is interesting to look back on this part of Singapore’s history to see how much our country has changed and developed.

While we revisit the past, we can also look forward to the exciting new developments our country has in front of us.

Do you have any fond memories at Tang Dynasty Village to share? Share them with us in the comments down below.

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at hello@mustsharenews.com.

Featured image adapted from State of Buildings and Wikimapia.

15 Capitaland Malls Like Funan & Plaza Singapura Offer Free Parking From Now Till Further Notice

15 Capitaland Malls Have Free Evening Parking Until Further Notice

People have stopped the mad panic about Covid-19, and life is going on as per normal, but malls are still empty as ever.

With more people staying in rather than going out, retail has taken a huge blow. Even the once-packed Jewel Changi has become a ghost town.

Read our article on that below.

Jewel Changi Is Now A Ghost Town, Even Shake Shack & A&W Have No Queues

It seems like even Capitaland malls are having trouble drawing crowds, despite their convenient locations and wide range of shops.

Perhaps that’s why they’ve begun to offer free parking at 15 of their malls.

Free parking from now until further notice

From 14 Feb, 15 Capitaland malls will have free parking at different times.

Most of them are offering free parking in the early afternoon from 12pm, so it’s a good opportunity to drive down for lunch.

Some of the malls even offer free parking in the evening too, like Junction 8 at Bishan and Plaza Singapura at Dhoby Ghaut. Now, you can take your time to browse the shops after dinner and not worry about burning a hole in your pocket just for parking.

Here’s a table of the malls and the windows during which parking is free.

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You can find more information on this at their website here.

Boost to retail and economy

With financial experts predicting Covid-19 having a bigger impact on the economy than SARS, many retailers are worried about meeting their margins.

It’s even possible that a recession is on the way, if this virus outbreak continues to hinder retail and tourism.

Nevertheless, we have to remain calm and carry on.

Until this blows over, stay hygienic and take necessary precautionary measures. Make the most of those business contingency plan “work from home” arrangements and these malls’ free parking to stretch your legs a little.

Just because our country is suffering from a viral outbreak doesn’t mean our economy should suffer too.

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Jurong Lake Gardens’ New Bicycle Rental Lets Cycling Kakis Explore West Coast On 2 Wheels

Bicycle Rental Service GoCycling Opens New Outlet Near Jurong Lake Gardens

If you often rent bicycles to explore Singapore’s coastline, East Coast Park is surely a popular haunt.

But if you’re keen for a new route, you’d be happy to know that there’s a new bicycle rental service near Jurong Lake Gardens.

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GoCycling just opened its 6th outlet at Block 353 Jurong East Street 31 — just across from Chinese Garden MRT.

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Bicycle rental service GoCycling opens near Jurong Lake Gardens

According to GoCycling’s Facebook post, the new outlet just opened on Friday (6 Sep).

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Those keen to explore Jurong Lake Gardens on 2 wheels, but have yet to own a bicycle, can now rent from them.

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As it’s located conveniently opposite Chinese Garden MRT, you’ll get the chance to explore this 90ha national garden that comprises:

  • Lakeside Garden (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens West)
  • Chinese and Japanese Gardens (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens Central)
  • Garden Promenade (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens East).

Rental starts from $6/hour

A single adult bicycle rental costs $8 per hour, while kids ride at $6 per hour.

Currently, there’s a promotion going on. Riders can get the 2nd hour free on a weekday. Meanwhile, the 3rd hour is free on weekends.

3 recommended cycling routes

GoCycling is also challenging cycling kakis to attempt 3 cycling routes:

  • Western Adventure Loop (to GoCycling at West Coast Park) — about 9km
  • Coast2Coast Trail (to GoCycling at Punggol Jetty) — about 32km
  • Half Round-Island (to GoCycling at Changi Beach Park C1) — about 38km

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Depending on your stamina, these trails will be a great chance for Westies to explore more of our little red dot on 2 wheels.

Great chance to stay active & explore Singapore

If you live in the West and don’t own a bike, this bicycle rental service will surely come in handy.

You are no longer confined to just running and jogging along Jurong Lake Gardens to keep fit. And bonus: You’ll get to relish the sweet breeze upon your face.

What do you think of renting a bicycle to cruise along Jurong Lake Gardens? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image adapted from TheSmartLocal and NParks.

9 Penang Road Will Replace Park Mall At Orchard By End-2019 & It’s Freaking Huge

9 Penang Road Will Replace Park Mall At Orchard By End-2019

Dhoby Ghaut’s Park Mall replacement is set to open by the end of 2019.

SingHaiyi Group – a Singapore-listed developer – revealed plans for a swanky Grade A commercial building at 9 Penang Road back in January 2017.

The 10-storey commercial building is estimated to be worth $800 million.

If you’re curious about this upcoming development, here’s what you can look forward to.

Massive office & retail space

Located near Orchard Road, the new establishment will comprise of two wings with eight levels of office space. At 352,000 square feet, it’s about the size of six football fields!

A 15,000 square feet area – about the size of an Olympic pool – will be dedicated to retail space.

In line with the Walking and Cycling Plan requirement of the LTA and URA, there will be facilities dedicated for pedestrians and cyclists.

These include walking paths, cycling paths, bicycle parking facilities, lockers and shower rooms.

Breath of fresh air

The development is a joint venture partnership between Singhaiyi Group, Haiyi Holdings Pte and Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust.

Mr Desmond Sim – CBRE research head for Singapore and South-East Asia – said that the demand for office space at Orchard Road is stable with low vacancy rates.

In an interview with The Straits Times he said,

The new building will be a breath of fresh air for Orchard Road as there has been no new supply in this sub-market for a period of time.

Waiting for more updates

They say too much of a good thing is bad for your health but we can’t say the same thing about malls. We’re currently counting the months until we see 9 Penang Road in all its shining glory.

We haven’t confirmed any details of retail or F&B outlets that will open in the building, but we’re hoping to find local favourites or popular international brands.

In the meantime, let’s be mesmerised by the beauty of Jewel Changi Airport and take a trip to Pokemon Centre and A&W.

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10 Chilling Places To Kaypoh On Google Street View Since We’re Stuck At Home Anyway

10 Chilling Google Street View Places To Explore

As we approach the close of “Circuit Breaker”, you might find yourself on the cusp of boredom-induced insanity.

Well we’ve got a solution for all you thrill-seekers out there disappointed at the postponement of A Quiet Place Part 2. Google Street View has got you covered.

Here are 10 places you can explore through your screens that are bound to send chills down your spine.

1. Old Changi Hospital, Singapore

We’re going to start off our harrowing journey a little closer to home.

While Changi Hospital first started off as a British owned Royal Air Force hospital, WWII eventually led the Japanese to take control of it.

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Secret police known as the Kempeitai had occupied the hospital, with sordid stories of their victims’ suffering filling the white halls.

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After the war, the hospital’s gruesome past clung on to its facade as many who stepped foot in Old Changi Hospital experienced the supernatural.

Piercing screams and spectral presences barely scratch the surface of the paranormal nightmares that await in the foreboding abandoned structure.

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While deathly afraid, many people just can’t seem to quell the curious, exploratory sides of them. We have a simple solution for you if you’re one of those people.

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Google Street View will bring you into the 4 walls of arguably “the most haunted place in Singapore”, without having to come face-to-face with whatever allegedly lies within.

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Better still, the Google capture is in broad daylight, so if you just wish to admire the rustic architecture, you can do so too without the fear factor.

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In spite of this, there’s still something incredibly chilling we can’t quite put our fingers on, so proceed here if you dare.

2. Phnom Penh Killing Fields, Cambodia

The infamous killing fields — where the Khmer Rouge regime killed and buried millions of people in the Cambodian genocide of 1970-1975.

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The notorious regime was incredibly xenophobic, and ruled with an iron fist — a.k.a. getting rid of anyone who stood in their way to “national purity”.

With Google Street View, you can wander around the memorial compound and the exact fields where so many lost their lives. Just drop the little yellow man where there’s a path or photo-sphere.

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Many children and infants fell victim to the regime with reports of soldiers bashing their heads into the trunks of Chankiri trees, rationalising that they needed to prevent these children from “growing up and avenging their parents’ deaths“.

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Tourists have reportedly heard the faint wails of the children while standing in front of the very trees that these killings happened.

Take a virtual step into a very dark chapter in history here.

3. Nagoro Scarecrow Village, Japan

Many of us have fears and a big one we have is actually that of dolls.

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So, trigger warning to all those who do, because in the remote Iya Valley, Japan, there’s a whole village of them.

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Birthed from craft hobbyist Tsukimi Ayano, these expressionless dolls can be seen across the village doing mundane day-to-day tasks.

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Ayano started off by making a functional scarecrow to deter birds from raiding her family’s crops. However, it quickly turned into a memorial project in which Ayano created a doll every time someone left the village or passed away.

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These effigies of former residents help somewhat preserve the slowly dwindling population of villagers, as many move out from the suburbs to the city.

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Each doll actually takes 3 days to make. However, as a whole, seeing inanimate dolls fishing from an empty stream still kinda gives us the heebie jeebies.

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Click here to experience the company of the past residents of Nagoro.

4. Island Of Hashima, Japan

Picture the massive helicarrier S.H.I.E.L.D used in the Avengers. Now place an abandoned version of it offshore of Nagasaki and you’ve got the abandoned island of Hashima, otherwise known as the Battleship Island.

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Completed uninhabited except by Mother Nature, the island is close to the remnants of Nagasaki’s post atomic bomb remains.

The cold dank buildings on Hashima are a grim reminder of yet another historical horror.

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Korean and Chinese POWs were forced to work there for about 2 decades until the end of WWII.

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Other than being featured in the popular Bond Movie Skyfall, Hashima has a rich and extensive history.

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The city fallen into a state of disrepair seems like something out of the Avengers Chitauri invasion.

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Experience that same intensity of utter desolation here.

5. Winchester Mystery House, USA

The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, was once the residence of widow Sarah Winchester. Sarah’s life was turbulent to say the least, as she married into a family that created renowned rifles & firearms.

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Between her husband passing from tuberculosis in 1881 and losing her daughter to disease, she began round-the-clock constructions on her mansion. Many attributed this to her debilitating mental health.

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During this time, a medium allegedly delivered some ominous advice – that she would have to build upon her home non-stop for the countless souls who had fallen to the Winchester rifles.

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Thus was born the convoluted hallways of the Wincester Mystery House. From doors opening off a ledge to staircases leading nowhere, many started concocting more theories behind the oddity.

Some say Sarah conducted nightly seances to communicate with the spirits as to how to build the house to their liking. Others said the nonsensical placements of otherwise ordinary household features were actually to escape the haunting spirits by confusing them to no end — literally.

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Head on down here to be awed by the architecture like this kid — or whatever else you find in this crazy house.

6. Isla de las Munecas Xochimilco, Mexico

Yet again, trigger warning for those who can’t watch Annabelle without screaming non-stop.

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But unlike the cotton stuffed scarecrows made in loving memory of ex-residents like in Nagoya, these Mexican dolls didn’t come to play.

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Isla de las Munecas – aka The Island of the Dolls – sees dolls hanging and sitting in every crevice of this plot of land. And not just any dolls — broken, disintegrating dolls that are essentially the stuff of nightmares.

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These dolls were originally placed on the island by former owner, Mr Julian Santana Barrera. He believed these morbid playthings helped placate the spirit of a young girl who had drowned there.

Santana allegedly found a doll floating in the water after hearing what he thought was the young girl crying “I want my doll”. Understandably freaked, he began hanging dolls all around the island.

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All in hopes of warding away the tormented cries, spine-chilling whispers and pitter-patter of footsteps he constantly heard.

Legend has it that dolls here turn their heads, move their limbs and even open their eyes when no one’s looking.

With claims of doll whispers, experience the chills here without scaring yourself to bits — or so we hope.

7. Eastern State Penitentiary, USA

What do notorious Chicago crime boss Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton have in common? They’ve both spent time at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Intended for hardened criminals, this jail-turned-museum made its mark on the US prison system as we know it today.

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This penitentiary saw some inhumane physical and psychological torture, contrary to the positive penitence effects people believed it served.

Reports of prisoners pulling against chains from their tongues to wrists were just some stories of alleged abuse within its walls.

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The dark, dingy compound with cell blocks that seem to go on forever never fails to produce tales of strange sightings.

Save yourself the $15 to get spooked and hop onto Street View to check it out here.

8. Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland

When asked about WWII atrocities, the Auschwitz concentration camps would probably come to mind. Its metal gates saw nearly 1.3 million people passing through for unspeakable treatment within its four walls.

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Young and old were not spared — and the infamous gas chambers have been preserved at the original sites as a tribute to those who had given their lives.

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Accounts of death by starvation, disease, executions and even medical experiments are just some of the reasons why Auschwitz is number 8 on this list.

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We can only imagine the emotions and hair-raising feelings you might feel standing where so many people had suffered.

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Take a minute to step out of your history books and come as close to experiencing Auschwitz IRL as possible here.

9. Chernobyl Abandoned Pripyat, Russia

Whether you know Chernobyl from being a stellar history student, or from the award winning HBO-series, this town is bound to intrigue.

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Evacuated a day after the Chernobyl disaster, Pripyat is nothing short of a ghost town.

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Since then, the town has been declared too dangerous for living — not at least for the next 24,000 years. While some elderly folk have been allowed to move back, the town is still pretty much a desolate wasteland.

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Now for the eerie part. Around this dilapidated town, you can catch glimpses of the panic that might have been that fateful day in 1986.

If you really do pluck up the courage to venture into this town on Google Street View here, see if you can find the most chilling room of all.

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A room filled with child-sized gas masks littered all over the floor. The scariest thing? A doll wearing a similar mask on a chair, dead centre of the room.

10. Bran Castle, Romania

Nestled in the rolling hills of Transylvanian Romania, is the gloomy Bran Castle. Immediately, the stereotypical image of a bolt of lightning streaking across the sky accompanied by a crack of thunder comes to mind.

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Serving as inspiration for the Dracula’s Castle, we the interior of the castle can be viewed on Google Maps, a beautiful contrast to the darker history that belies these walls.

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Used as a fortress early 15th century wars, its impeccable architectural features are stunning to say the least.

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Interestingly enough, the facade of the castle wasn’t the only inspiration for the novel Dracula. Ruler of Wallachia, Vlad III Dracula, gave rise to the titular character himself.

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Known for his brutality, even his own citizens couldn’t escape being impaled on spikes for all to see.

With a darker past that is non-fiction, dawdling through the medieval styled facade of the compound is lowkey scary.

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Sink your fangs into this tantalising age-old tale with the help of Google Street View here.

Bonus: Area 51 (Satellite View)

Area 51 needs no further introduction — it’s the layman name for a highly classified US Air Force research facility, and prime subject of many alien conspiracies.

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While the facility can’t be seen via Street View — because you know, it’s a secret army base — appreciation of its clinical layout is still in order via Google’s Satellite View.

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One thing that might entertain you more though, is a subtle detail Google has introduced. For all searches related to alien lore, the tiny yellow man you use for Street View will become an adorable little UFO.

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Keying in “Area 51” in Google Maps might bring you to a tourist truck stop. Instead, enter these coordinates into the search bar to get there — 37°14′0″N 115°48′30″W.

How very mysterious indeed. 👽👽👽

The world is your creepy oyster

There you go — 10 eerie AF places you can visit from the comforts of your homes. While we guarantee entertainment, we can’t guarantee that you won’t experience the chills we did even just through your computers.

With Street View, you can travel all around the world with our handy yellow friend.

Let us know where else you’d like us to recce for you to explore during “Circuit Breaker”.

Featured image adapted from Google Maps, Google Maps & Google Maps.

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