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Feng Shui in The Lion City


Singapore ascribes its economic success to its strategic location, honest government, and booming foreign trade relations. While all these remain true, many locals also credit the country’s prosperity to Feng Shui utilized by the majority of the country’s architecture. Feng Shui is an ancient art and science of spatial arrangements to tap into good universal energy. It has become an integral part of Singaporean culture that even the average local has an eye for (and an opinion on) how it’s incorporated into their environment. Admire the groundbreaking architecture of the country, and let us help you discover the creative manifestations of geomancy in the city!

Updated 3 months ago

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Marina Bay Sands

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

Traditional Feng Shui states that any structure must have the support of a mountain from behind to protect it from bad forces, and buildings should face a wide expanse to welcome good energy. Notice, however, that Marina Bay Sands has its back to the bay, facing the “mountain” that is Singapore—completely departing from the ancient rulebook. The Feng Shui master consulted for the iconic landmark was actually channeling an archaic power source called “Dragon Turns to Face Its Ancestor,” a deep Feng Shui secret passed down from masters. Marina Bay Sands is also developed so it faces a “pool,” which is the body of water in front of it. Singapore's rivers flow through here, allowing the complex to harness good energy from the element, before it exits into the sea.


10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

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Merlion Park

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

Singapore’s half-fish, half-lion statue stands proudly today at Merlion Park as it overlooks Marina Bay. The national icon was originally erected on the mouth of Singapore River, but was moved 120 meters away in 2002. Officials say that it was relocated because the Esplanade Bridge obstructed its view, but skeptics believe that the migration was based on Feng Shui. It is said that its primary location brought bad karma, and was even blamed for the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Take the obligatory tourist photo and marvel at the glory of the Merlion, which now passes Feng Shui standards.

1 Fullerton Road, Singapore

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Suntec City

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

Suntec City’s five towers was built to resemble the Buddha’s hand, an arrangement based on a Chinese legend called “The Monkey King.” In the story, the invincible Monkey King is challenged by the Buddha to escape his palm; if the Monkey is successful, the Buddha will give him the Jade Emperor’s (Heaven’s Ruler) power. The Monkey leaves, pees on a mountain, and writes his name as proof of how far he’s traveled. When he flies back to tell the Buddha he outran his reach, the Buddha’s fist closes in around him and the Monkey sees the words he wrote on one of his fingers. Despite traveling so far, the Monkey King could not outrun the universal forces of nature and Karma, symbolized by the Buddha’s hand. While here, you’ll also encounter the Fountain of Wealth, a large man-made fountain whose water sprouts inward—intentionally done to signify the influx of wealth.


3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore

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The Gateway

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

Designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, The Gateway rises stunningly against the Singapore cityscape. Unfortunately, the knife-like shape of the two crystalline towers “attack” the surrounding buildings with its sharp and aggressive edges. This symbolizes negative energy, as the towers resemble blades. Because of this, developers have refused to do construction in the vicinity. Today, you’ll observe that some developments have sprouted nearby, but the left and back sides of The Gateway remain untouched.


150 Beach Road, Singapore

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Tang Plaza

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

A landmark on Orchard Road, Tang Plaza is a 33-storey shopping complex which includes the flagship store of the famous retail shop TANGS and the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. A great deal of the building’s success (including the profitability of the businesses housed within) is credited to the bounty of octagons infused in its design. The shapes represent a Ba Gua, a symbol of protection typically used in geomantic compasses. Make your shopping spree extra fun by spotting different manifestations of the symbol as you go!

320 Orchard Road, Singapore

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Ngee Ann City

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

Famous for being the home of the Takashimaya Department Store, Ngee Ann City is an urban architectural wonder with its seven levels of retail shops and restaurants. Rumor has it that the building was built on a former cemetery ground, so it was designed to resemble a tombstone to appease the spirits. Its curved structure has a likeness to traditional Teochew (locals of the Chaoshan region of easter Guangdong) headstones, and the five flagpoles by the entrance look like joss sticks. Many say that the fountain in the center symbolizes wine as an offering. Officials of Ngee Ann City deny the gossip, but the stories have already been long entrenched in Singapore’s local lore. Explore the city-within-a-city, and remember these myths when you feel a sudden rush of cold air, a weird noise, or a tap on your shoulder out of nowhere.


391 Orchard Road, Singapore

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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

Built in 1928, the original structure of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore housed the General Post Office, the Chamber of Commerce, and The Singapore Club. The building was reconstructed from 1998 to 2000, carefully retaining its architectural glory and paying close attention to the Feng Shui that surrounded the area. Tall buildings have risen around the hotel over the years, embodying the wood element. To combat the overwhelming wood-heavy environment, The Fullerton incorporated metal elements to its facade. Observe the flags at the entrance; there are six poles erected to represent metal. Once you arrive at the driveway, you’ll notice a giant white pot at the center, which also symbolizes the element.


1 Fullerton Square, Singapore

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Singapore Flyer

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

The Singapore Flyer, the world’s second-largest observation wheel, went through several changes since its opening due to the advice of various Feng Shui masters. Originally, the ring was supposed to rotate at a counter-clockwise direction, rising from the Central Business District then setting towards Marina Bay. In Feng Shui, this meant drawing positive energy away from the country; so, instead, the rotation was changed to signify the collection of fortune. Enjoy the beautiful views of Singapore, and bask in the positive energy as you ride the 165-meter wheel structure.


30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore

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Grand Hyatt Singapore

Singapore, Singapore • Recommendation • 7 June 2018

Grand Hyatt Singapore’s business was doing poorly, until its operators sought advice from a powerful monk who harnessed Flying Star Feng Shui—a school of thought that calculates energy based on the movement of the stars. Observe the hotel’s weird entrance. Originally, the doors opened straight, parallel to the former reception area, but these were changed to jut out at an angle to let good energy in. Enter the hotel, look for the giant waterfalls hidden inside, and you’ll probably wonder why such a beautiful feature is hidden from immediate view. The falls were actually created based on Feng Shui, for the purpose of aggressively attracting the energy of wealth.


10 Scotts Road, Singapore

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