Exploring Feng Shui Mysteries
An interesting tour that introduces you to the ancient Chinese art of feng shui or geomancy. The art harnesses the powers of nature to promote your business and general well-being. In this tour, you’ll learn how feng shui has played a part in the design and shaping of some prominent buildings in Singapore.The 5 elements of Feng Shui are Metal, Wood, Water, Fire & Earth.
Special tour exploring Chinese Feng Shui Arts
An interesting tour that introduces you to the ancient Chinese art of feng shui or geomancy. The art harnesses the powers of nature to promote your business and general well-being. In this tour, you’ll learn how feng shui has played a part in the design and shaping of some prominent buildings in Singapore.
The 5 elements of Feng Shui are Metal, Wood, Water, Fire & Earth.
Fu Lu Shou Complex, Feng Shui Gallery, Chinatown, Far East Square, Dim-sum Lunch at Yum Cha Restaurant, Merlion Park, Suntec City, Fountain of Wealth, Singapore Flyer
What is Geomancy?
The Chinese believe that the cosmic laws of Heaven and Earth can help to direct positive energies into a particular environment. Consequently, by possessing certain items and then positioning them accordingly, one has the ability to ward off negative energy. Geomancy is the study of it. The term ‘geomancy’ comes from the Chinese words 风 (feng) and水 (shui) meaning wind and water respectively. These two words represent the flow of energies (气, chi). The term Feng Shui is sometimes literally translates as “wind-water”. Chinese system of geomancy believed to use the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth to help improve one’s energies.
The most utilitarian definition of Feng Shui is ‘the art of arranging one’s home or workplace to enhance one’s health, wealth and happiness’. It is the principle of living in harmony with one’s environment so that the positive energies surrounding a person can work for, instead of against, him or her. Many people believe it is important and very helpful in living a prosperous and healthy life either avoiding or blocking negative energies that might otherwise have bad effects. The aim of Feng Shui is to balance the energy in any given space and time. This means that the energies of the person, based on his birth, the energy of the land, and the energy that flows all around and is present in every aspect of his life.
Originally, the term Feng Shui is primarily used in the selection of burial sites. It is believed that a good burial site that is in harmony with the surroundings will profit the departed one as well as bring blessing to the deceased’s descendants.
Geomancy is a Chinese world view. Centralized in this world view is the belief in naturalistic orientation. The ancient Chinese believe that there is a ‘trinitarian interaction between heaven, earth and human. Hence, the person is perceived to contain more than the sum of its parts. He or she is subject to the will of Heaven. At the same time, one is compelled to live in harmony with nature and all that is around him or her. In totality, geomancy is an art in identifying auspicious locations and to transform those that are not, into areas with high positive energy, harmony and good energies, thus ensuring an environment beneficial for wealth, health, and good relationships.
Today, Feng Shui is practiced not only by the Chinese, but also by Westerners.
Embark on a Feng Shui Trail to find out more about what Feng Shui has done to others and what it can do for you. First and foremost, let’s learn more about Feng Shui from the Masters at the Fu Lu Shou Complex -- a shopping centre in the Bugis section of downtown Singapore that specializes in Taoist and Buddhist religious paraphernalia. Like other Singapore malls which cater to a specific commercial market, the Fu Lu Shou Complex gathers together many tenants selling similar items. Here, tenants purvey items such as lucky stones and gems, crystal specimens, jewelry, ceramic religious icons, carvings, incense and so on. The mall is named after the Taoist concept of Fu Lu Shou, meaning respectively: Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity; clearly signaling its specialization to consumers. While it houses many solely commercial ventures, the Fu Lu Shou Complex is particularly notable in that it also contains functioning religious shrines integrated into certain stores. In their usage of the Complex as a source of religious wares and as a site of religious practice, the tenants and consumers here blur the line between mall and temple, and it seems like of late, the commercial venture is to offer Buddhist statues for people to pray to… and make donations. There are many shops selling Buddhist religious related products. Here, you can also find a couple of Feng Shui Galleries providing a wide range of services such as: Feng Shui consultation for home and office; Bazi reading; Name selection for baby; Changing of names; Date selection for marriage and caesarian; Auspcious date for moving house or office, etc. The Galleries also carry a wide range of genuine and varied grades of Feng Shui items to enhance one’s living or working environment.
Afterwhich, proceed to Chinatown, a place where many of our Chinese immigrant forefathers first set up homes. Proceed to Far East Square, where East meets West and Old meets New. A heritage conservation, it is a unique enclave located in the very heart of Singapore’s Central Business and Financial District. It contains old shophouses that have been restored and readapted for present-day use. Covering an area of 16,550 sq metres, the Square has commercial space for a vibrant mix of restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs, as well as shops, pushcarts, kiosks and other outlets catering mainly to the office crowds of the Financial District. Stroll into the development and you will discover a delightful palate of exquisite flavours all set within an alfresco environment. Within Far East Square, you can view the four different styles of shophouses: Early Style, Transitional Style, Late Straits Eclectic Style and Art Deco Style. These four styles appeared between 1840 and 1960s. Far East Square is accessed through five gates, named after the five elements of the Chinese Universe: metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
Thereafter, enjoy a Chinese dim sum lunch at the Yum Cha Restaurant and experience the culture of drinking Chinese tea and eating dim sum, a practice for morning breakfast in the early days.
After lunch, drive over to the Merlion Park, where you can get a good view of the buildings in the Marina area. Almost all the buildings there are constructed based on the basis of Feng Shui. Do not miss out this picture-taking opportunity with the Merlion – a mythological creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, that is used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.
Onward to the Suntec City which, comprises of an exhibition & convention centre, four tower blocks and the Fountain of Wealth, all of which resembles a left hand when viewed aerially.
Next, stop at Asia’s most iconic architectural and engineering marvel – the Singapore Flyer. Experience the breathtaking, panoramic views of Singapore and beyond. Witness and be inspired by the phenomenal growth and progress that Singapore has achieved from a humble fishing village to a cosmopolitan city. The Singapore Flyer, a giant Ferris wheel and described by its operators as an observation wheel, reaches 42 storeys high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world; 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang, China and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye. Situated on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-storey terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor in Malaysia. It was officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008. Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$8,888.00 (US$6,271), an auspicious number in Chinese culture. Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes as you take in key monuments and architectures during the 35-minute flight. Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng Shui Masters.