Shinkaitei Tuin


Evolving since 2001, architect Takashi Sawano has faithfully reproduced a Japanese garden just blocks from Ostend's seashore. Come to wander through its 2500 sq m of refined delights or find a quiet spot to sit and observe zazen meditation.

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2. Mu.Zee

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3. Statue of Marvin Gaye

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5. Mercator

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6. St-Petrus-&-Pauluskerk

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8. Marien Ecologisch Centrum

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