Happy Lunar New Year to our Chinese and Korean Readers. While visiting and collecting Ang Baos and munching on New year goodies are great fun for the kids, there are also plenty of other exciting places to visit and things to do. Here are some on our list:
Sentosa Flower Show- Check out the
Flowers are often given or exchanged to express good wishes during the festive season of Chinese New Year and the flower features loads of new year flowers and flower arrangement. The show include several large dragon displays, along with other themed sections, such as DinoLand and Flower Fairies. More on Sentosa Flower Show
When: 21-29 January, 10 am-10pm
Where: Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
River Hongbao – Enjoy the lights and events
Big Lanterns, Theme Park, Exhibitions and loads of programs such as Dragon dance performance, Chinese New Year Calligraphy Demonstration and Juggling. More on River Hongbao
When: 21-29 January, 12 am-11:30pm
Where: The float@Marina Bay
Take a walk around China Town at night
Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Garden Bridge and side-streets near Chinatown MRT station will light up during the festive period. Pagoda, Smith, Trengganu and Sago Streets have loads of Chinese New Year stuff that absolutely fascinates the kids (and adults) We can spend hours window shopping and checking out the miniature dragon dance props, new year decorations and traditional decoration. There are plenty of goodies too. While some of the stuff are available all year, Chinese New Year have loads more to see.
When: Chinatown lights up till 21 Feb,7 pm till late at night. The shops around should be up except for the first few days of Chinese New Year.
Check out the Museums
Many museums are offering free entry during the Chinese New Year period. All National Heritage Board (NHB) museums, including the Memories at Old Ford Factory, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Peranakan Museum, and Singapore Philatelic Museum on 24 January.
In addition, The National Museum will offer visitors free entry to all its exhibitions, including special exhibitions, on Jan 28 -29 as well as on Feb 3, 4 & 5.
Festival of Abundance at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (Wan Qing Yuan) will be having its open house – free admissions from 23 Jan – 6 Feb 2012 on 28, 29 Jan & 4, 5 Feb 2012, there will be free Chinese crafts and calligraphy demonstrations as well as free guided tours in English at 11:00am & 2:00pm. More on Festival of Abundance…
When: 23 Jan – 6 Feb 2012 10.00am – 5.00pm
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Check out the Huayi Chinese Festival
Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts was introduced as one of three annual cultural festivals at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay celebrating Singapore’s multicultural heritage. There are free workshops such as craft work shop for kids as well as paid performances. Find out more on Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts.