Singapore: Mid-Autumn Festival at the Gardens by the Bay

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Before I abandoned this blog on the second week of December to the end of January to give way to my work and travel, I was documenting my return trip to Singapore. There are still so much to to share about that particular trip and since today is Thursday, I decided to do a “throwback” post.

My most recent post about Singapore is about Gardens by the Bay. It was mid-autumn when I went there and so when I arrived at the entrance, there were many people crowding over the fenced-off giant lanterns.

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Marina Bay as seen from the entrance

Based on a Chinese legend, the festival is celebrated yearly to commemorate Chang e’s sacrifice. The selfless wife of a merciless ruler, she drank the elixir of immortality to put an end to her husband’s evil deeds.

What caught my eye at the festival was this stunning giant lantern of a Chinese temple. It was floating above the water and its reflection was just as stunning to look at.

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Isn’t the lantern so intricately made?  Just look at every colorful detail and the way each part was precisely lighted.

Here’s a close-up.

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I was so amazed with the view I must have spent about 20 minutes here taking photos of the temple at different angles.

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I so love the colors. The primarily red and yellow structure looked amazing against the dark.  Good thing I came here at night time.

Aside from the above, there was another Chinese temple depicting traditional Chinese scenes.

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It’s amazing how they were able to create a lantern that looked so much like a dragon (right photo) for dragon dances.

Singapore’s culture is diverse and to give homage to their Indian heritage, there were giant lanterns depicting Indian culture.

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Did you notice the replica of the Taj Mahal?  I must say the elephant was my favorite from the above scene since it was so colorful.

There was another scene too that paid homage to their Malay ethnicity.

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My favorite here was the girl at the center since it looked human-like.  And I love the giant hibiscus flowers too.

There were giant lanterns too of trees, ants, and perhaps fairytale characters.

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I found the frog so cute, but the two birds on top of the trees were just as eye-catching.

Amazingly, there were giant lanterns of dinosaur too.

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I grew up watching Jurassic Park so I’m familiar with dinosaur species.  From the above, I recognized the Apatosaurus, which we used to call Brontosaurus (lower right), T-Rex (upper left), Triceratops, (the horned one), Pterodactyl (behind the Triceratops), and Velociraptor (bottom left).

Lastly, here’s a collage of my least favorite characters among the many giant lanterns I saw that night.

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Don’t they look scary?  No wonder a toddler cried when she saw these.  Perhaps they were depictions of Chang e’s evil husband? Te he.

On my way home, I passed by this bridge, which was also decorated to go with the Mid-Autumn Festival theme.

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I loved the colorful lights and the flowers, plus the series lights.

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Walking under this bridge was like being close to the stars and I would have stayed longer except that the following morning, I have a seminar to attend.

I’ll end this post with another favorite:

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See the full moon over the temple?

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