Learning Objectives


1. To discover the relationship between cultural influences and the architectural development in South Vietnam

2. To have a deeper understanding of urban planning issues and the interplay of the matrices of determinants involving physical attributes, commercial feasibility, social fabrics as well as political factors in particular relating to Generation Z (Those born between the early 1990s and the early 2000s).

3. To be aware of the impact of rapid urbanization on the environment and the need for sustainable development in the urban planning process.

4. To gain an insight of Singapore’s strengths in urban planning and sustainable environmental management skill-sets

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 3 Reflection - Lee Si Yuan

Picture 1: A bomb crater formed during the Vietnam War.
Picture 2: The outside of the temple

Picture 3: Outlook of the main temple.

What I have learnt:
Cao Dai temple - Caodaism incorporates 3 other religions which is Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. This temple was built from scratch by farmers. Changes were made after the building of the entire temple was completed. There were 4 animals, Dragon, Phoenix, Turtle and Unicorn which each has different meanings. The Dragon represents power of the King, Phoenix represents beauty, Turtle represents longevity and the Unicorn represents prosperity.

Chu Chi Tunnel - This tunnel is made by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam war to hide from the Americans. These tunnels are very small and was built at these manner because the americans are of bigger sizes hence being unable to fit into the tunnel. This tunnel is self-sustaining because it has all the facilities that is required in a room. These tunnels also has air-holes every 20 metres in order to have enough oxygen inside the tunnel. There where also many different traps which was used against the Americans which includes piercing their legs, body and head. They also have hand-made traps made by Bamboo to pierce the Americans once they fall into the trap.

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