Hundreds of Singaporean travellers were disappointed after their long awaited flights to Japan was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus, but Gardens By The Bay’s newest Where Flowers Never Stop Blooming may just be the cure to their FOMO (fear of missing out)!
From now till 29 March 2020, enjoy the delicate pink and white cherry blossoms right here in Singapore, at Garden By The Bay’s fifth installation of the well-received cherry blossom festival.
In addition to the 500 cherry and peach blossom trees that line the pathway, six reproductions of local artist Quek Kiat Sing’s artwork can be found around the exhibit. Her artworks are inspired by the Sakura Matsuri blossoms which she enjoyed with her family at the 2018 installation.
Where Flowers Never Stop Blooming also has an equally beautiful message behind it: to encourage our nation to still feel joy and the spirit of togetherness despite the ongoing virus that has disrupted many events.
Beginning today until March 15, Gardens by the Bay is offering 500 Singapore residents whose trips to Japan during sakura season have been disrupted by COVID-19 the chance to visit Flower Dome for free to view the Sakura Matsuri floral display. People can share what their disrupted Japan trip meant to them through the Gardens’ website to stand a chance to receive tickets to Flower Dome.
There are activities to take part in too: free cultural programmes like Japanese tea ceremonies are organised in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Singapore’s Japan Creative Centre.
For anime fans, a host of free activities ranging from anime screenings and anisong concerts, to appearances by celebrity cosplayers, await at Anime Garden happening in the last weekend of March at The Meadow.
Not satisfied? Visitors can even opt for a Hanami Experience with a difference, which includes a two-way ride between Bayfront Plaza and Flower Dome on the autonomous vehicle Auto Rider, yukata rental, a hanami pack of sakura-flavoured snacks and green tea, and sakura sake tasting.
Note: Gardens By The Bay has cancelled all Sakura Matsuri cultural programmes in lieu of the coronavirus.
Gardens By The Bay assures its visitors that they’re doing all they can to create a safe and clean environment through measures such as more frequent and intensive cleaning, as well as ultraviolet equipment installation in the air-conditioning system to improve air quality. Thermal scanners are also installed at the entrances to detect and deny possible cases, so you can have peace of mind.
In addition, Singapore residents can also enjoy the following promotions:
- 50 per cent off tickets to both Conservatories, Floral Fantasy and Supertree Observatory (this promotion means that an adult ticket to one Conservatory is only at SGD6!)
- March School Holiday promotion where children aged 12 and below get free entry to both Conservatories, Floral Fantasy and Supertree Observatory
- Complimentary parking for up to four hours
- Discounts and offers at retail and F&B outlets (present your ticket at select restaurants and get 30% off)
For more information on ticket prices and deals, visit Gardens By The Bay’s website here, and you can even join the Telegram group chat where they update the state of flowering of the trees so you don’t make a wasted trip!