Sakura 2024 | Gardens by the Bay (Video)

Sakura 2024 | Gardens by the Bay
Sakura 2024 | Gardens by the Bay (Mar 22 - Apr 21, 2024)
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Surreal evening cherry blossom beauty at Sakura 2024.


Keeping this post a short one, since Sakura 2024 really doesn’t require any elaborate introduction.

The annual cherry blossom exhibition at Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome is back! This year’s edition is possibly one of the most gorgeous ever too. Other than lots of dainty pink blossoms and the usual Japanese cultural icon, a replica of Kyoto’s world-famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) sits at the heart of the Sakura groves, resembling a dazzling trophy right out of a fairy tale after dark.

Night time is also when you should visit this exhibition; or at least, you should stay till after sunset if you’re visiting in the daytime. The Flower Dome exhibitions have always been spectacular after dark, but special lighting this year to create the Yozakura (night cherry blossom) viewing experience makes it extra worthwhile to wait for the lights to switch on.

It remains to be seen but I bet Sakura 2024 will be remembered as one of the most stunning exhibitions at Gardens.

The exhibition only lasts a month, too, Sakura blooms have terribly short lives! If you haven’t yet visited, it’s time to do so.

Sakura 2024 – Blossom Into The Night

Paper Cranes Display (Senbazuru)
The senbazuru tunnel is also a slightly different experience from the usual entrance showpieces of Flower Dome exhibitions.
Gardens by the Bay Cherry Blossoms
Overview of this year’s cherry blossom extravaganza. You know, it always amazes me how much detail could be featured in the display area. The landscapers of Gardens by the Bay truly deserve praise.
Flower Dome Yozakura
The main display really feels like a rustic fairyland after sunset. The Yozakura experience doesn’t disappoint.
Flower Dome Sakura 2024
This classic veranda, with shoji screens and all, was very popular with selfie-takers.
The walkways have beautiful, animated light projections on them. This is great and for me, reminiscent of the illumination events I visited in Japan.
Sakura 2024 Torii Gate
What’s a Japanese-themed flower exhibition without a striking vermilion Torii gate, right?
Sakura 2024 Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion surrounded by cherry blossoms. It’s spectacular, isn’t it?

Some trivia about Kinkakuji, for those who are interested. The Golden Pavilion is the showpiece of Rokuonji (鹿苑寺) in Northern Kyoto and has long been one of the most visited attractions in Japan. Constructed during the Ashikaga Shogunate, the incredible structure is also one of the most iconic buildings in Japanese culture. It has even appeared in video games like Tecmo Koei’s Toukiden.

The current pavilion at Rokuonji isn’t the original, though. In 1950, the original structure was burned down by a mentally disturbed monk. What tourists photograph nowadays is a reconstruction dating from 1955.

This tragic burning is fictionalised in Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. I, erm, encourage you to read the book if you’re interested in the incident. However, do be warned. It’s not exactly the most accessible piece of literature out there.

A selection of classic Japanese art forms, such as graceful Ikebana arrangements, are on show too.
Gardens by the Bay 2024
It’s a dreamy visiting experience for all!
Here’s something interesting. There are ema and lantern displays near the exit, complete with a water trough. Since the Golden Pavilion is in a temple, these displays complete the impression of visiting a Japanese temple within the Flower Dome.

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The magnificent Sakura 2024 ends on Apr 21, 2024. Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply. The surreal lights are switched on at 7 pm.


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Experience Yozakura, or night cherry blossom viewing, at Gardens by the Bay’s Sakura 2024 exhibition. Till Apr 21, 2024.
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