Sakura Singapore 2018

Gardens by The Bay (GBTB) is celebrating Sakura Singapore (樱花) from now till 08 April and families are rejoicing! (Sakura Matsuri event)

Matsuri (祭) is Japanese word for Festival, and Japan is already forecasting first blooms in Tokyo.

Spring is here 春天来了

If you are an anime fan, today is the last day to catch the cosplayers in action (schedule and programme link). Sorry Pikachu Parade was only one run on the 17th.

Temperature in Flower Dome is kept at a cool 19 degrees to prolong the sakura’s lifespan. Also known as Cherry blossom, the flowering will normally last around one week.

Torii gate greeted us at the entrance of Flower Dome. Whip out your cameras and phones 🙂

Besides the beautiful Sakuras, GBTB has added dolls into the landscaping.

These life-like dolls infuse a dimension of Japan into the setting. Many are dressed in intricate Kimonos!

Tea house in the center.

Introducing the stars of Sakura Matsuri, the Sakura flowers 🙂

They look splendid from all angles, I like to look up and see the sakura canopy above us. Closeups macros are even more endearing.

More wefie and family photos 🙂

Popular corners will need to queue too, but I am only piqued by the constant stream of photo bombers (we are guilty too haha!)

Japanese themed bridges, umbrellas and Torii gates add to the feel 🙂

Look closer, some sakuras are still budding

The cosplayers are attracting some attention too! The makeup, costumes, are elaborate and the actors really spend a lot of efforts to craft the desired appearance.

We must have seen at least 50 cosplayers, mostly females. I only noticed the hair and iris colours haha, purple, red, blue, white, green or orange.

Any colour except black :p

Our kids are not anime fans but we find these folks (and culture) fascinating. You can spot many more characters at hashtag #SakuraMatsuri

You can catch anisong concerts and even a cosplay parade from 5pm onwards.

Map below indicate that most of the activities are confined to three areas. Except for Flower dome entrance, all other activities are free.

Fringe activities include posing with famous cosplayers from the region and do look out for the pulsating Taito drums performance.


Refer to the first photo of no1 Wei, he is imagining the splendid spread of Sakura Blossoms in Tokyo 🙂

We hope your family will enjoy Singapore’s magnificent Sakura Matsuri too. One day, I will bring them to see the real deal in Japan 🙂

Tips to enjoy Sakura Singapore (Sakura Matsuri) at GBTB :

-It will be crowded, buy the tickets online to avoid the queue

-Take note of the ‘special events” timing, so you plan accordingly (refer link to Sakura Matsuri below)

-Carpark space will be packed, alternate carparks at Satay, Barrage will be full house too. Drop your family at Gardens by the Bay Visitor area, and try parallel park at “Marina Mall”

-Flower Dome itself will be swamped!  It will be super difficult to get your perfect portraiture, even harder to mount your tripod

-Although official cosplay activities are only on 17/18 Mar weekend. You will still spot many cosplay enthusiasts (with wings and swords too!)

-Leave the mat and picnic at home, you cannot hanami in Flower Dome :p

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Sakura Singapore

Additional links :

-Gardens by the bay Sakura Matsuri – from now till 08 April
-Do follow GBTB Facebook and Website for sakura’s blooming status

-Read our previous Sakura Singapore experiences at Gardens by the Bay, all magical! (2016 and 2017)

-SengkangBabies Gardens by the Bay stories





Christmas Toyland and more at Gardens by the Bay

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Christmas is here again, and Gardens by the Bay is decked up to welcome families and the festive mood.
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Enchanting Luminarie in the evening, you will not see the pretty lights in the day.
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Spalliera looks splendid from all angles. From the top of Ocbc Skywalk, look at the crowds and snow!
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Expect Snow to fall around these timings :
– Mon to Thu, Sun 8, 9, 10pm. Fri and Sat 8, 9 and 9.45pm
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View from the top is spectacular, away from the crowd, windy.
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Festive atmosphere around the SuperTrees, ringed by European Market stalls selling souvenirs, food and beers. Love the beautifully decorated huts!

Really feels like Christmas even though Singapore is in the tropics :p
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Loved the special Christmas lightings around Gardens by the Bay.
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We pop into Flower Dome for some aircon and admired Christmas Toyland.
We have been to GBTB countless times, but every trip brings a new experience for us 🙂
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Christmas Toyland, expect Toys all around 🙂
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A lot of opportunities for lover birds to selfie, but too much photobombs!
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Pretty flowers for the season, but I must admit our family were kept busy with the Christmas decorations rather than the flowers 🙂
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With the cute decorations, we are half expecting Santa to pop out at every corner 🙂
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Christmas Toyland must be equipped with Toys right 🙂
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Video : Do catch the Garden Rhapsody Christmas Edition 🙂

During weekends, all carparks 2 to 5 will be full! If the jam starts at junction 1, queuing time will be easily 60 minutes and longer. Cars will sometime park illegally along the road next to GBTB, and so far no summons issued. We would recommend you to drop family near GBTB entrance (No3, do not drive in) and u-turn to park at red box “Marina Mall”, you will not find a carpark lot, but follow the other cars’ example. If really desperate, take MRT to Bayfront (no6) and slow walk 15min to reach the Flower Dome.

Remember to grab your tickets online 24 hours before, to avoid queuing for tickets.
carparks near GArdens by the Bay
(image credit Google Map)

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Christmas Wonderland (outdoor decorations) – Free – will be ongoing till 03 Jan 2016
Christmas Toyland (in Flower Dome) – Ticketed – will last till 05 Jan 2016
Other festive events like Ice Palace and Fairground are ticketed.
Do pop by Christmas Wonderland Map here.
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More photos uploaded on our Fanpage album. Do pop by 2014 Christmas edition at GBTB too.
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