Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Pavilion Crystal Fountain and Mall, KL

As soon as we checked into Fraser Place, we went out in search of lunch. After some discussions - ok negotiations - we decided on Pavilion mall, which is some 15 mins walk from our hotel. Too close for a taxi, but too hot to walk. We settled on making use of the 562m long air-conditioned walkway that connects between the 2 major shopping malls of Pavilion and Suria KLCC (better known for its Petronas Twin Towers).

KLCC - Bukit Bintang (BBKLCC) walkway, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

KLCC - Bukit Bintang (BBKLCC) walkway, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

It's nice to have such a walkway to shield us from the blistering tropical heat. It was actually not too bad during the day because it was raining. Again, the walkway would be a nice facility. If KL isn't sunny and hot, it's rainy. It works for rains too.

HK has its famous Central-Mid-Levels escalators and walkway to solve its problem of the city building on mountain slopes. KL built its KLCC - Bukit Bintang Walkway (aka BBKKLC Walkway) to solve its blistering temperature. Both cities built these structures trying to tame their natural environments.

There're several access points to the Walkway. In our case, we got to the Walkway from the exit point at Jalan Perak where Fraser Place is located 5 mins away.

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


As we approached Pavilion mall, one can immediately sense this is the happening place with the throng of shoppers. It's like stepping into Times Square or Sogo malls in Causeway Bay in HK, or Orchard Road in Singapore. It's without question the pulse of the city, the main temple for the devotees of materialism mall for the shoppers of fashion labels.


Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


You should go to Pavilion mall, if not for retail therapy, at least you can look at the Pavilion Crystal Fountain in front of its main entrance. It has a unique Chinese design that departs from your usual marble sculpture of Roman nude gods or goddesses, or pissing cherubs, or such typical European designs. The most noted example of it happens to be the Trevi Fountain in Rome, which popularized by, unsurprisingly Hollywood, in Three Coins in a Fountain (1954).

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
If you look at the pond of the fountain, you'll likely to see not 3 coins, but hundreds.

The 3 tea cups echo the 3 coins, but it has a more important and serious meaning. The 3 represents the 3 Malaysia's major ethnic groups. And the 3 primary colours of red, green and blue are also incorporated into the design (I had never the pleasure of seeing the 3 changing colours).

The "Crystal" refers to the art glass made by Taiwanese-based Liuli Gongfang (琉璃工房), and this should be their showcase, which is acknowledged by the Malaysian Book of Records as the tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain in the country.

I have seen their works being exhibited in Paragon on Orchard Road, where you'll find a Liuli Gongfang outlet. The art of Liuli dates back to 11th century BC! (Not AD). The founders Yi and Yang have brought this very ancient Chinese art back to life.

Because of the delicate nature of crystal glass, many of the artworks were small and dainty. The glass made into the sizes of these 3 cups are quite impressive. These sizes present the artists with a whole set of technical problems.

These 2 are good examples of what typical Liuli artworks look like.

Liuli crystal glass art object
Liuli crystal glass art object
Left:  Liuli crystal art object created by Chang Yi
Above  :  Liuli crystal art object created by Loretta Yang

Loretta Yang, Taiwanese actress
Loretta Yang, also a multi-award winning Taiwanese actress

The unpainted part in the hibiscus flowers allow the light to shine through the crystal glass, giving the flowers on the tea cups its 3 changing colours like a lantern or cover of a lamp. This changing colours is only possible because of the transparency of the crystal glass. This "Crystal" Fountain idea is more clearly shining though (no pun intended) when viewing at night when the ambient lights are dimmer.

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


Pavilion Crystal Fountain, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia


Men in business suit with angle wings, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
...and now it's time for a free commercial break. It's free, because I'm not asking for a advertising fee by displaying here...
Handsome devil

At the altar of the temple atrium of the mall are the 2 large banners with smooth, taut, wrinkle-free faces of Simon Yam that match those on a giant cinema screen. Mr. Yam is the face of Malaysia-based Gintell (and Audy Lau lends his similar smooth, taut, wrinkle-free face to Singapore-based OSIM, and Chi Lam - who isn't old enough to need a face lift - speaks for Japan-based Ogawa. HK stars and massage chairs go together like ads and money bee and honey).

Atrium, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia
A spacious main atrium of Pavilion

Atrium, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia



Lion dance, Pavilion Mall, Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia

Chinese Lion heads for lion dance


I spotted some dog-tired lion heads resting on the floor of the atrium. So i went and asked the guy stood next to the lion heads in lion dancer costume what time they were going to do their dances. He said 20 mins. After waiting for 10 mins, the guy and all the lion heads disappeared. And then i realised, it was a magic act of making things disappear. I didn't see it coming. Bravo! I clapped until my palms bruised up. And then I left.

If i decided to stick around for another 20 mins, i would have graced the magnificent presence of Mr. Yam, and asked him for the phone number (of his plastic surgeon. Not for me, i can't afford it. That is, i can't afford to be told that i'm vain. Shh..don't tell anyone that i'm vainglorious. I still want to keep up my image of the International Man of Mystery. Yeah baby!).

View from BBKLCC walkway of Jalan Raja Chulan at the back of Pavilion, KL, Malaysia
View from BBKLCC walkway of Jalan Raja Chulan at the back of Pavilion.
A local favourite Hakka restaurant is located opposite



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