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Jimmy Liao 幾米 Art Exhibition

Huashan 1914 Creative Park

華山1914


Courtesy of Taiwan Today:

An exhibition inspired by the works of popular artist Jimmy Liao opened at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei Dec. 22. The event features designers and artists from Taiwan and Sweden. Its theme “How to Own a Corner” is borrowed from Jimmy’s 2008 illustrated book of the same title, according to show organizer Jimmy S.P.A. Co. Ltd.

 

More about Huashan 1914 Creative Park through its official website. (Click on link!)

 

A preview of Jimmy’s illustrations and works through Google Images

Not forgetting the animation videos adapted from the illustrations…

 

 

In conjunction with Taipei International Floral Exposition 2010,

 

 

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Korean Sausages 순대

Jeonju

전주

Dish: Sundae Guk Bab 순대국밥

 

Translation

(Korean)

Korean Sausages: 순대

Soup: 국

Rice: 밥

 

Courtesy of Wikipedia:

Soondae (Korean pronunciation: [sundɛ], also sometimes spelled soondae) is a Korean dish made generally by boiling or steaming cow or pig’s intestines that are stuffed with various ingredients. It is a kind of blood sausage and believed to have been eaten for a long time.

 

 

Squid Sundae dish by Korean Chef:

 

 

 

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Merlion Hotel 머라이언 호텔 鱼尾狮大酒店

The Merlion @ One Fullerton

 

In conjunction with the 3rd Singapore Biennale, (visit www.singaporebiennale.org)

the iconic symbol of Singapore has been converted into a featured sculpture of a luxurious hotel room maintained by The Fulleron.

 

 

Translation

(Korean)

Merlion: 머라이언

Hotel: 호텔

 

(Simplified Chinese)

Merlion: 鱼尾狮

Hotel: 大酒店

 

 

In case you’re wondering, the circular pipe in the Merlion’s mouth is actually the sprinkler which creates the classic postcard water spurting effect.

Refer to this article in Wikipedia if you haven’t seen how the Merlion usually looks like.

 

 

The wallpaper is filled with motifs of globally recognized symbols of Singapore.

Try spotting Sir Stanford Raffles, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Marina Bay Sands and of course, the Merlion.

 

 

The view from the much-desired bathroom!

Yes! That’s the bathtub in the foreground.

 

 

The exterior view of the temporarily functioning Merlion Hotel with Marina Bay Sands in the background.

 

 

More about the ingenious artist, Tatzu Nishi.

Kudos for such a wonderful creation.

 

 

The bottom half of the Merlion.

Try spotting its tail within the scaffolds!

 

 

The History of the Iconic Symbol of Singapore

Courtesy of Singapore Public Art:

The choice of the Merlion as a symbol for Singapore has its roots in history, The Merlion commemorates the ancient name and the legend taken from the ‘Malay Annals’ (literary and historical work from the 15th or 16th century) explaining how Singapore received its present name.

In ancient times, Singapore was known as Temasek which is Javanese for the sea. It was then, as it is today, a center of trade. At the end of the 4th century A.D, Temasek was destroyed by the Siamese, according to some historians, but by the Javanese according to others. As recorded in the legend in the Malay Annals, Prince Nila Utama of the Sri Vijaya empire rediscovered the island later in the 11th century A.D. On seeing a strange beast (which he later learnt was a lion) upon his landing he named the island Singapura which is a Sanskirt word for Lion (Singa) City (Pura). The Merlion, with its fish-like body riding the waves of the sea, is symbolic of the ancient city of Temasek. At the same time, its majestic head recalls the legend of the discovery of Singapore by Prince Nila Utama in the 11th century, when Singapore received its present name.

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Temple 사 寺

Jing’an Temple

静安寺

 

Courtesy of http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-11/01/content_387373.htm:

The Jing’an Temple, the most famous landmark in Jing’an District, is known as the oldest shrine in the city, dating back even further than the city itself.

Unlike its name, which means “peace and tranquility” in Chinese, the small, garishly decorated temple is always crowded and lively.

Located on bustling Nanjing Road W., which was once known as Jing’an Temple Road, the place is surrounded by towering office buildings and luxurious shopping centers.

Thanks to the unique location, visitors can expect to find curious foreign tourists and fashion icons carrying shopping bags along with pious Buddhists, mostly local old women, at the holy site.

 

 

 

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Qilin 기린 麒麟

Summer Palace

颐和园

 

Courtesy of Wikipedia:

The Qilin (Chinese: 麒麟, alternatively 騏驎; pinyin: qílín; Wade–Giles: ch’i-lin), also spelled Kirin from Japanese, or sometimes Kyrin, is a mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creature known throughout various East Asian cultures, and is said to appear in conjunction with the arrival of a sage. It is a good omen that brings rui (Chinese: 瑞; pinyin: ruì; roughly translated as “serenity” or “prosperity”). It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes misleadingly called the “Chinese unicorn” due to conflation with the unicorn by Westerners.

 

 

 

 

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