This isn't Japan. This is Brussels!! 😲
If you live in Europe and you're interested in the Asian culture but cannot find the time and money to travel across the world, Brussels is your second best option! 😄 Indeed, Brussels is home to a "mini Asia", with a number of constructions which make up an essence of art from two eastern countries, Japan and China. The Japanese tower, the Chinese Pavilion and the Far East Museums, with their enormous and gorgeous gardens, are located on the outskirts of Brussels, in the Laeken District. They were built at the beginning of the 20th century, on the orders of King Leopold II. Work on the Japanese Tower was entrusted to the Parisian architect, Alexandre Marcel, known for his oriental-style buildings. It was he who purchased the entry pavilion to the Japanese Pagoda, built by a Japanese carpenter, at the Paris Universal Exhibition, and had it decorated by specialists from Yokohama.
Interested? The best way to travel to Asia is by... tram.🚊Get off at the stop "Araucaria" or "De Wand" on lines 3 or 7. 😜
Do you have any exotic landmarks like this where you live? Have a nice Friday 😃
Have you heard about the Colonial Garden in #Brussels ? 🌿
If you're a local, you probably have. However, if you're a visitor, you may have missed that hidden attraction, only a few steps away from the famous #Atomium ! 😉
The Colonial Garden is a public park with an interesting history. In 1905, King Léopold purchased a wooded area of 3 hectares in order to build greenhouses for the collections of tropical plants brought back from Congo – Belgium's former colony. With no heating available during the war, most of the plants died, and those that did survive had to wait until 1951 to be transferred to the Botanical Garden of Meise. However, a number of exotic trees still stand today. In the early 1960s, the greenhouses were demolished and the park was transformed into a public space. It's an interesting place, not only in terms of vegetation, but also architecture-wise, as you can see with this Norman-style half-timbered villa at the very entrance of the garden. ☺️🍃