Orchid Extravaganza returns to Gardens by the Bay with beautiful landscapes inspired by the architecture and culture of Southeast Asia.
Orchid Extravaganza 2023: Orchids of the East Tropics
From now till 17 Sept 2023, you can enjoy the new Orchid Extravaganza: Orchids of the East Tropics in the Flower Dome. This is the first time the display incorporates the architecture, landscape and orchids from Southeast Asia, namely: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.
The first thing you see entering the Flower Dome: A lath house at the top level of the viewing gallery, with several hanging orchids on display.
Lath houses are built with thin strips of wood in a parallel pattern with gaps between them, providing plants with diffused light, rain and air, while offering some protection against harsh weather conditions.
The theme of houses extend further down to the main Flower Field, but this time with traditional houses from the region.
Even at the back of the field, the display looks dramatically lush, like the 2016 Edition of Orchid Extravaganza.
Scattered around the displays are structures inspired by traditional architecture from the region. Here is the Ruean Thai, or a Thai house, accompanied with pottery and the Chakhe musical instrument.
There are over 7,000 orchids on display in Orchid Extravaganza 2023, and in addition to orchid hybrids, native species from each country are also on display, some of which were grown in-house by Gardens by the Bay.
Accompanying the flowers are kebaya: traditional blouses worn by women in various countries in Southeast Asia, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. These 5 countries had also jointly nominated the kebaya to the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity earlier this year. A decision by UNESCO is expected in 2024.
The four kebaya above are curated by Singapore’s National Heritage Board, presented within a traditional shophouse setting.
Every other ‘house’ in the display is accompanied with a pair curated by a collaborating country’s respective Embassy or High Commission.
This house is inspired by the architecture of Rumah Pahang, or traditional houses found in the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, Pahang.
It’s also a focal point of the Floral Display, as the house faces the beautiful rock cascades and pond. Be prepared to be patient here, if you wish to take photos here.
The cascading orchids arranged to dangle from the trees in this area also look marvelous.
Head to the back of the display to discover more artefacts and orchids.
Gebogan Sekar, or Balinese Hindu flower offerings.
Several artefacts and handicrafts are placed among the orchids around this structure inspired by Rumah Toraja, or traditional houses made by the Toraja people in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It features a distinctive roof resembling an upturned boat or buffalo horn.
Lastly, the Rumah Tungkup is part of a bay-side themed display at the corner field of the Flower Field. The design is based on traditional houses with pyramid shaped roofs in Kampong Ayer, Brunei.
There is a second and smaller Lath house tucked in the other corner of the Flower Field, with more drawings and orchids on display.
From 18 to 27 Aug, there will also be an Ikenobo ikebana exhibition of Japanese traditional flower arrangements using orchids at the Flower Dome’s Mediterranean Garden and South American Garden.
Avatar: The Experience at Cloud Forest update
Gardens by the Bay and its partners has extended the run of Avatar: The Experience again. The attraction will remain open through 30 Sept 2023.
In Cloud Forest, a new Orchids of Machu Picchu display will debut from 18 Aug, so if you’re planning to visit Avatar: The Experience, it would be a good to plan for a trip sometime in late August to enjoy the new display in Orchid Haven.
Also, good news for Friends of the Gardens (Multiple Attractions) members without the Avatar: The Experience Add-On: You can visit the Cloud Forest for free during off-peak periods, that is from Sundays to Thursdays, excluding eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays. This privilege is only available from 2 July to 28 Sept 2023, and it is not extended to members with Single Attraction (i.e. Flower Dome only) membership.
If you are a Friends of the Gardens member with access to Cloud Forest, don’t forget to check out Floral Fantasy during the Avatar event period, as it is included with your membership for this limited time.
Tucked away from the central “hub” of the Gardens, it was less crowded compared to the two cooled conservatories, and the smaller displays do get refreshed from time to time, too.
Love The Last March
A curious long chain of bronze animals can now be found around Gardens by the Bay. This is Love The Last March, the world’s largest public bronze sculpture at 192m long.
The sculpture, with a message to save wildlife, can be found near the Floral Clock and side entrance to the Flower Dome. Don’t miss it on the way to Bayfront MRT or Dragonfly Lake.
Flower Dome’s upcoming floral displays
There are two upcoming displays after Orchid Extravaganza: Chrysanthemum Charm (from mid-Sept), and Poinsettia Wishes (from late-Nov).
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