Eye in the Sky - Chinese Garden Pagoda

The seven-tiered Chinese Garden Pagoda or ru yun ta (入云塔) is located within Chinese Garden in Jurong. It is designed by Mr R H Han and was modelled after the Linggu Pagoda in Nanjing.

The 144 ft tall pagoda offers a panoramic view of Jurong East, Taman Jurong and Jurong Industrial Estate. In fact, it is the landmark of the Chinese Gardens developed by Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) as part of an overall effort to create recreational and green spaces for those living and working in the industrial estate.


EYE IN THE SKY

NHB embarked on its research on the four remaining Lookout Towers in Singapore to enhance existing historical and architectural understanding of these iconic landmarks which were built between the 1960s and the 1970s as “observation decks” to view Singapore’s growth and development in the areas of infrastructure, housing, industrial development and recreation.

Beyond uncovering people's memories of visiting these structures in the past, NHB’s research also delved deep into understanding the architectural influences of these structures and how the design of the towers took reference from other lookout towers which were considered futuristic and representative of Space-Age architecture popular in the 1960s and 1970s. These international references include observation towers found in Brussels, New York, Montreal and Osaka.

The four lookout towers are all built between 1969 and 1975 when Singapore underwent a period of rapid development and dramatic landscape changes. It is also an important period for a newly independent nation to build up strong diplomatic relationship with other nations. Hence these towers were also frequently visited by royalty and other dignitaries worldwide who are keen to find out about opportunities in the nascent country.

Published by
Heritage Research & Assessment, National Heritage Board
Published Year
2015