Have you visited Dahlia Dreams 2024, which started on Jan 19? If not, you really should.
Exhibitions at Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome have long been more than just flower shows; I tend to think of them as mini cultural or architectural extravaganzas. With Dahlia Dreams 2024: Legend of the Dragon Gate, though, I think the team at Gardens truly outdid themselves.
This is not just the usual pre-Chinese New Year festive blooms showcase, although there are still glorious blossoms aplenty. Instead, it feels more like a prelude to the upcoming River Hongbao 2024, with a huge dragon sculpture, a parade of dragon lantern showpieces, and a full-scale Carp Jumping over the Dragon Gate (鱼跃龙门 | Yuyue Longmen) diorama.
The underlying theme for the dragon displays is awesome too. Altogether, five dragons are presented at the heart of the Flower Dome and each represents one of the Five Elements in Chinese mysticism. Though it’s not exactly obscure knowledge, I think it’s too often forgotten that dragon years, or tiger years, monkey years, etc., are not entirely the same. There are metal dragon years, water dragon years, and so on. 2024 will be a wood dragon year.
It’s great that Gardens by the Bay paid homage to this cultural titbit with this year’s Dahlia Dreams. Naturally, it provided for a lot of creative expression within the displays too.
A Date With Dragons at Dahlia Dreams: Legend of the Dragon Gate
Dahlia Dreams 2024 ends on Mar 17, 2024. Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply.