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10 phenomenal public fountains

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
The Fountain of Wealth during the day

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Fountain of Wealth, Singapore

Located in Suntec City, a popular mall in the city-state of Singapore, the Fountain of Wealth was named the largest fountain in the world in 1998. Every evening, the fountain is the centerpiece of a large laser light show. At certain times of day, the water is turned off and people can walk under the giant circular arch. Some think it is good luck to collect the coins that other visitors throw into the Fountain of Wealth when it is turned on.

Chinese feng shui experts were contracted during the construction and suggested that the water pour inward to symbolize the accumulation of wealth (thus the fountain’s name). The design also pays tribute to Singapore's ethnic diversity. The large circle was inspired by a Hindu mandala, a symbol for a universe in harmony and a nod to Singapore's large South Asian population.