The end of the Tang dynasty?


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melvin

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By Leong Wee Keat, TODAY | Posted: 14 September 2007 1233 hrs

SINGAPORE - The forlorn silence at the Tang Dynasty City in Jurong could, come January, be replaced by the rumblings of bulldozers.

Just months after it seemed the former tourist draw might be given a new lease of life as a Shaolin attraction, hope of a rescue now seems extinguished, as a call went out for consultants for the demolition works.

On Tuesday, landlord JTC Corporation called for an expression of interest from those keen to provide civil and structural consultancy services for the project.

In the document posted on GeBiz, the Government's e-procurement portal, JTC said the consultant is to provide a scope of services.

The project schedule states that the tender for demolition works will be launched in December, with the tearing-down to start next January and expected to be completed "not later than March 2009".

Built at a cost of $100 million and opened in 1992, the 12ha theme park — the size of 18 football fields — was a re-creation of the Tang dynasty capital, Chang-An.

But high admission charges, lacklustre attractions and the 1997 Asian financial crisis, which saw tourist arrivals plunge, contributed to its closure in 1999.

Efforts to revive the theme park fell through in 2001. Then in April this year, talk emerged of a possible new breath of life.

Three Singapore companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple legacy and culture, and its famed warrior monks, here in the form of a new tourist attraction. The Tang Dynasty City was cited as a possible site for the proposed "holistic lifestyle holiday retreat".

When contacted on Thursday, Mr Poh Choon Ann, chairman of Poh Tiong Choon Logistics, one of the three local companies, declined comment. The spokesman for Straco Corporation, another company involved, said there had been "no developments" since the MOU was signed in April.

Property analyst Donald Han said the land has been gazetted for entertainment use. The managing director of Cushman & WakeField pointed out that JTC could be looking at readapting the use of the site — located in the middle of the Jurong industrial estate — for "more productive purposes".

Mr Han said: "The Tang Dynasty City has been dormant for a very long time. It is of better consideration for the Government to convert it to other uses than to leave it for entertainment use on its current basis."

The Tang Dynasty City today seems a pale shadow of its once-majestic self. When TODAY visited, the theme park's 3-m-high wall was unscrubbed, and barricades put up across its gates to stop trespassers had fallen apart. Inside, broken glass and pieces of furniture littered the floor.

While the gates no longer allow visitors in, the car park has become a favourite for heavy vehicles and Malaysian buses. The parking attendant, who has worked there a-year-and-a-half, said she had seen groups of students entering the Tang Dynasty City. A fence put up around the walls was also cut open last month, she added.

Ms Cindy Lim, who works as a supermarket cashier nearby, said: "It's good that the authorities are finally doing something to it. "The area is quite big and it seems a waste of land if nothing is done." - TODAY/fa
 

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oh man!I emailed STB to request to go in for a shoot a few months ago but they rejected my request:(maybe will email them again to see if can go in and get any last shots
 

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oh man!I emailed STB to request to go in for a shoot a few months ago but they rejected my request:(maybe will email them again to see if can go in and get any last shots
may i join u in taking photos too? :D
 

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i know a way in :devil:
i know three ways in... :bsmilie:

one is going over

one is going under

and one is just walk through an open door.

:devil::devil::devil:
 

sbs99

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really three ways in...im not joking. Haha...maybe the words i used seem like im not serious. :bsmilie:

not sure if two methods from the front has already been sealed.
 

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Walk along the fence, you will know the secrets.
 

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i really wonder how much better a Shaolin attraction can be compared to Tang Dynasty. wonder why some are just so keen on constructing meaningless ''cultural'' theme parks when the effort should really go to promoting culture and arts Singaporeans can identify with and be proud of.
 

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I agree with eikin, which might be shopping or eating...singapore's unique culture. lol.
honestly, those cultural stuff from other countries are not attracting anybody. If something big like IKEA or what there...sure alot people. haaa

the land inside is pretty big...lots of things they can convert the place into...maybe like go kart stadium, dirt bike trails, something for the public.

Actually i feel the outside is much nicer for photography, inside nothing much, maybe except for the pagoda. Rest of the area is like infested with mozzies, probably rats and do be careful of druggies and those of a different sexual preference than normal.

Not recommended if you are a thrillseeker...might get injured or something bad. :nono:
 

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