Rainforest Lumina at Singapore Zoo review

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - entrance

Rainforest Lumina, Singapore Zoo’s new illuminated night walk attraction, tries to enchant – with mixed results.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - inside the zoo

As part of 45th Anniversary celebrations for Singapore’s most famous wildlife attraction, is a new attraction taking place within Singapore Zoo. The experience is designed by Moment Factory, creators of the original Forest Lumina in Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, Canada.

When the Zoo closes for the night, several pathways and enclosures are transformed into new illuminated exhibits, as the real animals leave and animated projects take their place at some areas.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - map of the attraction

The trail is about one kilometre long and can take anytime from 30 to 50 minutes to complete.

Rainforest Lumina Photo Tour

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - entrance to treetops

Treetops – Illuminated trees with dramatic soundtrack.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Treetops

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Garden of Virtues choose

Garden of Virtues – A space where the attraction’s Creature Crew characters are introduced.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Garden of Virtues friends

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Patience Sloth

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - wristbands

Visitors can choose a bracelet (silicone wristband) of a character to accompany their journey.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Luminous Pathway

Luminous Pathway – Laser dots transform the jungle into a galaxy to wander in.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Luminous pathways 2

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Luminous pathways lasers

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Sing like an animal

Sing Like An Animal – With your voice, bring light and awaken the digital creatures at the Zoo’s iconic White Tiger enclosure.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Sing Like An Animal 2

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Sing Like An Animal 3

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Floor lanterns

Floor Lanterns – Showing the way as a constant companion.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Floor lanterns 2

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild – The Zoo’s Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia becomes a canvas for a well-executed project mapping show.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Call of the Wild empty enclosures

However, the other parts of the valley are empty with lights and music on.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Call of the Wild waterfall

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Call of the Wild empty viewing areas

Ropes and low fences are used to block off areas that are not accessible. However, many of these are hidden in the shadows and some may walk into them.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Light Huts 1

Light Huts – Locked shut while painting the floor with shadows.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Light Huts 2

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Light Huts 3 dead end

A random dead end that’s actually a photo backdrop.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Shimmering Islands 1

Shimmering Islands – A mesmerising journey into the dark.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Shimmering Islands 2

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Shimmering Islands orchids

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Shimmering Islands walkway

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Play Like An Animal 2

Play Like An Animal – A fun (but short) interactive exhibit – Bunny hop to summon the Creature Crew.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Play Like An Animal side

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Empty Food area

Food and Beverage zone – Not open for business.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Water zone

Water – In preparation for Halloween Horror Nights.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Water zone 2 fog

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Water zone 3

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Water zone 4 fog and reflections

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Fire zone

Fire – Walk along synchronised eerie lights among the trees.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Wall of Fame zone

Wall of Fame – Remember the bracelets? Scan them here and become one with the Creature Crew.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Wall of Fame 2

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Lantern passage

Lantern Passage – A confusing conclusion to the Rainforest Lumina experience.

Rainforest Lumina review

Apart from some notable exhibits and spaces, Rainforest Lumina was rather underwhelming. Light and projection installations are so common now that many might feel disenchanted by the ones here, especially sophisticated installations being presented at numerous local art festivals for free.

Those hoping to visit this place for insta-worthy backdrops may also be disappointed with the technically challenging environment. However, there are still many opportunities for unusual shots, and if you love taking backlit/ silhouette photos – this is the place.

Perhaps if the event returns for a second run, they could expand the installations to more areas of the Zoo and include more impressive installations from the original Forest Lumina.

I would only recommend visiting Rainforest Lumina as a “finisher” attraction after a day (or night) at the other excellent parks here: the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari. It is too much of a hassle and too high a price to pay to experience the Rainforest Lumina.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Exit

Rainforest Lumina – event hours and ticketing

Singapore Zoo
From now till End 2018.
7:30PM – 12:00AM daily. Last admission at 10:30PM.

Admission Category Standard Price Online Price
(Regular)
Online Price
(Peak)
Rainforest Lumina (Adult) $22 $20 $21
Rainforest Lumina (Child) $16 $14 $15

Regular days: Mon-Thur & Sun
Peak days: Fri, Sat, eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday

Tickets are available online at Rainforest Lumina Ticketing Site where 10% and 5% discounts are offered. Do note that only Mastercard and VISA cards are accepted online, and the UOB-based payment gateway will use 2FA/OTP for verification.

Get Tickets via Klook

You can also get the tickets from Klook online, which is selling tickets on all dates at $20 (Adult) and $14 (Child). You can also combine with their other coupon codes for further discount. Klook accepts more modes of payment, including Paypal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and 支付宝 (Alipay).

Admission Category Klook Price
Rainforest Lumina (Adult) $20
Rainforest Lumina (Child) $14

Purchases made via Klook link will help support Dejiki.com

How to get to Rainforest Lumina at Singapore Zoo

The easiest and cheapest way to get to the Singapore Zoo is via the Mandai Khatib Shuttle, a service between the Singapore Zoo and Khatib MRT Station (North South Line NS14). As the service is only available till about 10:20pm, this is only recommended if you are visiting Rainforest Lumina early.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Mandai Khatib Shuttle

Just take the train to Khatib MRT Station, and walk to Exit A. Turn left, and you’ll see the signs (or likely a line is already there) for the Shuttle service. The fare is just a $1 each way, but payment is strictly via EZ-Link or NETS Flashpay only. You can check exact bus timings or even stalk the bus via the Beeline webapp.

Singapore Zoo Rainforest Lumina - Mandai Khatib Shuttle bus stop

The bus will stop at the Transport Hub in front of the Singapore Zoo, where Rainforest Lumina, Night Safari, and River Safari are all just a short walk away.

The last Mandai Khatib shuttle will depart the Singapore Zoo at 10:40pm!

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