Written by Nikki Andrea
The newly revamped Yunnan Garden has officially opened in NTU on 13 Feb, boasting a vast space of waterscapes and greenery.
Yunnan Garden, built in the 1950s, has historical significance as the birthplace of the previously named Nanyang University. More than just a heritage site, its cultural significance lies with past graduation ceremonies that were held at the Nanyang University Memorial, a gazetted national monument located in the Garden.
Now, the revitalised Yunnan Garden is a nine-hectre heritage precinct that boasts multiple features apart from its seamless integration with the Chinese Heritage Centre and an expanded Nanyang Lake.
These present-day features include enriched biodiversity, with over 1,000 new trees planted comprising of over 80 species, a 5.6-metre-tall waterfall, an open plaza for student events, Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the garden, and a boardwalk. The boardwalk connects the Garden to the newly expanded Nanyang Lake, which has outdoor fitness stations alongside it.
To promote inclusivity/active mobility, there is also wheelchair and stroller-friendly footpaths and ramps.
NTU chairman Mr Koh Boon Hwee said: “With new features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, water coolers and wheelchair accessibility, our aim is to transform Yunnan Garden into an inclusive attraction that is in sync with the times, relevant and useful to today’s students.”
The rejuvenation efforts also introduced ample greenery, pavilions and benches around for students to use, transforming itself into more than just a historical location.
NTU Students’ Union president, Bryan Michael Chiew Sen, said: “The Garden is now an invigorating break away from the classroom, and an attractive spot for students to have social gatherings.”
He believes that the new Yunnan Garden will be an ideal place for students to find solace from their studies and commitments and boost their overall being.
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