Largest Fountain in the World
A fountain defined is an architectural structure which releases water into a basin or sprinkles it into the air to supply pure drinking water and or have a dramatic decorative effect to it.
In our current time now, the Fountain of Wealth was listed by the Guinness Book of records to be the largest fountain in the world since 1998. It is located in one of Singapore’s largest shopping malls, Suntec City.
The Fountain of Wealth was built at a cost of $6 million. According to feng shui principles, it radiates strong positive energy, caused by the presence of powerful negative ions. The inward flowing waters symbolize the retention of wealth and good luck. The waters cascading from a height of over 14 m creates a magnetic aura. The water jet, spurting to a height of 30m symbolizes the achievement of new heights.
Most of this structure is underground and is visible from the basement main restaurant area of Suntec City, though the top of it is visible from road level. And during certain periods in a day, the fountain is said to be turned off and visitors are welcomed to walk around the mini fountain at the centre of the its base to collect coins for good luck. At night, it is the setting for the best laser performances, as well as live songs and laser message dedications between 8pm to 9pm daily. It is placed in such a way that it becomes the hub of the shopping mall.
It is made of silicon bronze, and consists of a circular ring with a circumference of 66 meters supported by four legs. It occupies an area of 1,683 square meters, with a height of 13.8m. The base of it is located underground, on the level of the main basement restaurant area of Suntec City. The circular ring top of the it is visible at ground level.
The Fountain of Wealth was constructed in 1995, together with the main Suntec City development. The bronze ring of this amazing structure is designed based on the Hindu Mandala, meaning universe and is a symbolic representation of the oneness in spirit and unity and further symbolizes the equality and harmony of all races and religions in Singapore.
It also consists of a circular ring with a circumference of 66 meters supported on four large landed columns. It occupies an area of 1683.07 square meters, with a height of 13.8m. In the design plan of Suntec City, where the five tower blocks represent the fingers and thumb of a left hand emerging from the ground, it forms the palm of the hand.
The inward flowing water of it was used for two reasons. Water is known as the symbol of life and wealth in Chinese culture, and the inward motion of the water symbolizes the retention of wealth for Suntec City. According to feng shui experts (Chinese geomancers), the water flowing inwards represents riches pouring in, thus the name Fountain of Wealth.
Standing at a height of nearly 14 meters, it is indeed the largest fountain in the world. At the basement of Suntec City, is a mammoth circular fountain built on principles of good chi (positive energy) on Chinese feng shui (geomancy). According to the written guidelines, go round 3 times in counter clockwise direction and putting your palms into the small spring of water.
It is never wrong or too bad to believe in other culture’s beliefs because sometimes they turn out to be true or real. The Fountain of wealth could only be real to those who believe in it as it is.