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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.
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