The Tang Dynasty City (唐城), formerly Tang Dynasty Village, was a theme park once located at 2 Yuan Ching Road in Jurong, Singapore.

Tang Dynasty City
Previously known as Tang Dynasty Village
LocationJurong, Singapore
Coordinates1°19′35.3″N 103°43′34.0″E / 1.326472°N 103.726111°E / 1.326472; 103.726111
Opened12 January 1992 (1992-01-12)
Closed22 September 1999 (1999-09-22)
OwnerDeacon Chiu (1989–1999)
Operated byTang Dynasty Village Singapore Pte Ltd
ThemeTang dynasty
Area12 ha (30 acres)

History edit

The S$50 million movie town project of the Tang Dynasty era cultural village next to Jurong Lake was first announced on 11 May 1988, with strong backing of four government agencies Economic Development Board, Jurong Town Corporation, Singapore Tourism Promotion Board and Ministry of Community Development.

Supported with funding and plans of the development of the park from the Singapore subsidiary of UK-based Dominion International, United Industrial Corporation and other Dutch and Thai investors. The project's tender was awarded to Asia TV Holdings Ltd of Hong Kong owned by Deacon Chiu of the Far East Holdings International. The joint venture and operations of Asia Television and Singapore Broadcasting Corporation being formed under the name of Tang Dynasty Village Singapore Pte Ltd to manage the theme park.

The project was named Tang Dynasty Village and would be modeled based on the Sung Dynasty Village in Hong Kong. It was to lead to the development of Singapore's own movie industry.[1]

The groundbreaking ceremony was started on 21 February 1989 and the theme park was expected to open two years later in 1991.[2] The Tang Dynasty Village Motion Pictures Pte Ltd was also set up on 12 May 1989 to plan and write for movies and TV shows to be produced on theme park.[3] Costs of constructing the theme park and its expansion was further increased to S$70 million.

Opening edit

Although the theme park was about 50% completed, the Tang Dynasty Village was opened on 12 January 1992 to much fanfare. Following the Lunar New Year on February, the theme park was renamed to Tang Dynasty City.[4]

Attractions edit

Downfall and closure edit

The visitor attendance to the theme park was low due to its high admission prices and its lacklustre exhibits. This situation further worsened following the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The theme park was eventually closed, its buildings were left dilapidated and the exhibits deteriorated.[5]

Demolition edit

In April 2001, a consortium of three Singaporean companies had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with plans to build a Shaolin themed resort on the former theme park, modeled after the famed temple and monastery in China. However the plans were fallen through when the landlord JTC Corporation put out notice in October 2007 seeking for contractors to carry out the demolition works to level the former theme park on January next year.[6] The theme park was demolished in January 2008.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "SBC and HK TV station to run theme park". Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  2. ^ "Ground-breaking for movie town". Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  3. ^ "TANG LEISURE CONSULTANT PTE LTD (198901928K)". Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  4. ^ "Tang Dynasty City : State of Buildings". Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  5. ^ a b "S'pore Had A Tang Dynasty Village In Jurong That Transported Visitors To Ancient China". Must Share News - Independent News For Singaporeans. 2020-12-11. Retrieved 2022-05-20.
  6. ^ "Tang Dynasty City to be demolised in January". Retrieved 2019-05-06.