Last updated by bosten at 2013-11-3
Coconut Palace Overview
On the new town of the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, there is a building with a unique style, which is built with coconut tress, whose name is the Coconut Palace. It is also known as “the coconut museum”. The Coconut Palace was built in January, 1981, on the back of which is the beautiful Manila Bay. The building, together with the green area around it, covers an area of more than eight thousand square meters (0.8 hectares). Around the Coconut Palace, there planted nearly 200 coconut trees. Among the trees, there is green grassland, on which there are some fragrant flowers in full bloom. In the peak tourist seasons every year, there are some performances performed by the workers from the coconut farm. They climb on the tall coconut trees around the Coconut Palace, bare-handed. Then they pick the coconuts, cut them open with small axes, pour the coconut juice out and invite the tourists to have a taste of the the coconut juice for free. Coconut Palace, with its unique style, has attracted an increasing number of tourists from home and abroad since it was built.
The Philippines abound with coconuts which are one of the six main agricultural cash crops in the Philippines. The coconuts and the coconut oil are important export products of the Philippines. The Philippines began to plant coconut trees in the 16th century. The kinds and production of the coconuts in the Philippines amount to one third of that of the world, much more than that of any other countries. As a result, the Philippines are also known as “the country of coconuts”. In order to show the features of “the country of coconuts” to the tourists from home and abroad, the Philippines built this Coconut Palace according to the design of a museum.
The rooftop of the Coconut Palace is brown and hexagon-shaped, made of more than two thousand coconut trees which are all over seventy years old. The roof is made of coconut board, the thick struts are made of coconut trunks and the walls are made of coconut bricks (the coconut bricks are made of mixed fibers on the coconut shells and blended cement). On the gate of the Coconut Palace, there inlayed some geometric-style patterns consisting of four thousand coconut shell pieces. Inside the Coconut Palace, there are many carefully designed lamps and chandeliers of different shapes, all of which are made of coconut shells. In the dining hall, there is an eleven-meter-long dining table, on which 47 thousand coconut shell pieces of different shapes are inlayed. Besides, in the Coconut Palace, there are many kinds of art works including some carpets and furniture made of different parts of coconut trees. These art works are beautiful and elegant. The most exquisite exhibition in the Coconut Palace is a large grandfather clock which is two meters tall. From the bottom of the grandfather clock to the body, from the numbers on the clock dial to the clock hand on the clock dial are all made of different parts of coconut trees and coconut shells. In addition, this unique grandfather clock keeps a good time, and it strikes to tell the time every hour on the hour. From the sound, tourists can infer that this sound is made by striking the coconut shell. Inside the Coconut Palace, there is fragrant smell of coconut trees everywhere.
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