Saturday, May 7, 2016

Rediscovering Manila: Chinese Garden at Rizal Park

       Inside the Luneta Park, lies this garden built by Chinese community as an additional attraction. The serene atmosphere at this garden is perfect for picnic and relaxation. Families frequented the place as the area is just small thus making their bonding intimate. With a touch of nature and Chinese ambiance, one will surely find this place relaxing.

Main Entrance
       There is entrance fee of PHP10. The main entrance is like a Chinatown arch where in Chinese characters and letters are inscribed.


Statue of Confucius
       Confucius was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure known for his popular aphorisms and for his models of social interaction.

      Kong Qui, better known as Confucius, was born in 551 B.C. in the Lu state of China (near present-day Qufu). His teachings, preserved in the Analects, focused on creating ethical models of family and public interaction, and setting educational standards. He died in 479 B.C. Confucianism later became the official imperial philosophy of China, and was extremely influential during the Han, Tang and Song dynasties.

     His social philosophy was based primarily on the principle of "ren" or "loving others" while exercising self-discipline. He believed that ren could be put into action using the Golden Rule, "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others." (Lunyu 12.2, 6.30).


       Most of the people who go there usually just wants to relax and rest. You can sit or lay down at one of these houses or you can bring your own picnic mat and place it under a tree.

Pagoda


       There's a placid lake inside where teeming with fishes.


       So if you're looking for a place to unwind or to ponder on something, this place is for you. This is few meters away from the Rizal monument.  -Jon-

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