The Dragons Enter Singapore

Yes, 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon!

The Lunar New Year is a time of celebration and renewal in Chinese culture. It marks the transition from one animal sign to another in the Chinese zodiac. Yes, 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon as it officially begins on February 10, 2024!

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, it’s time to hunt and look for this amazing and auspicious dragon lanterns and installation around the city! They are depicted in various forms of art and decoration.

Above: Cool Year of the Dragon shirts that are sold from different shops in view of the Lunar New Year. Below: Various dragon figurines, toys, and Chinese New Year decorations along Chinatown

Dragon Spotting in Singapore

In western cultures, dragons symbolized chaos and destruction. They fly, breathe fire and are a treasure hoarder. Physically, they have large wings to fly and lived on underground caves and is mostly related to darkness and evil. Meanwhile in Chinese culture, a Dragon is a mythical, auspicious, and supreme being/creature. Physically, they are gods. They have no wings but can fly and are in various colors – Red (lucky and good fortune), Black (evil or revenge), White (purity & virtue), Blue/Green (new life & growth), Yellow (Wisdom & good fortune) and Golden (wealth, prosperity & power). In Chinese mythology, dragons have great power to control wind and rain, soar through the skies, and turn over rivers and seas, as well as bringing prosperity to the world.

Because it’s the Year of the Dragon, everything is associated with dragon. It’s the time to grab my old camera to hunt and look for this auspicious dragons in the island. So I’ve decided to first visit Chinatown and see how excited they are preparing for the lanterns on Chinese New year! I managed to find some Here are some photos around Chinatown and some parts of the city.

The huge dragon lantern looking over Chinatown Point.
Saw this Coke Chinese New Year Pop-Up Experience outside Wisma Atria Mall on Orchard Road.
Took this photo at Hard Rock Cafe in Orchard Road. It’s the exclusive Chinese New Year menu with traditional flavors and festive delights.
Chinese Dragon Lantern
The Dragon Lantern is the centrepiece of this year’s light-up is located at the busy road intersection of New Bridge Road/Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. The Dragon lantern were designed by 13 student volunteers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and took them over 9 months in preparing for this lantern.
Dragon Lantern
Holding or chasing a dragon ball? The image of Chinese dragons holding dragon balls/pearls/flaming pearls/ crystal carries multifaceted symbolism, encompassing themes of wisdom, spiritual energy, power, protection, and immortality. I hope someone can explain more about this.
Lantern Light Up
Chinatown is lighted up as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the annual Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations at the official street light-up last January 19, 2024. The countdown celebration will be held at Kreta Ayer Square on CNY Eve, on Feb 9 at 10pm. The festive lights will resume every night until March 09, 2024 at New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street.
Another dragon lantern at the road divider between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street at Chinatown. The two dragons facing each other, symbolizes reunion.

According to Chinese Horoscope; the Year of the Dragon in 2024 is expected to be a time of visionary leaders, innovators and problem solvers. 2024 is also predicted to be a great year to start new projects, explore new opportunities and create value for yourself and others.

Neon Lights
Head to the Prosperity Garden at Vivo City’s Outdoor Plaza to experience the 6 meter tall prosperity dragon installation. It symbolizes wealth and good fortune.
Prosperity All Year LONG. The lawn at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is hosting a cute inflatable Dino installation to usher in the new year. It is designed by local toy designer and artist Ziqi in collaboration with Japanese Artist Yasu.
The pair of Red and Orange Mononoke Dinos symbolizes success, strength, nobility, abundance and good luck.
Dance of the Dragon. An animated light art installation by artist Tell Your Children at CapitaLand Mall Funan. The 8 meter wide LED light installation features a 10-minute light show every 30 minutes at Funan’s Level One Atrium.
A welcome dragon located at Terminal 3 Departure Level, Changi Airport

As we journey through the Year of the Wood Dragon, let us embrace the transformative energy it brings. Like the mighty dragon soaring through the skies, may we rise above challenges, nurture our dreams, and cultivate a sense of renewal. This year is an opportunity to plant the seeds of our desires and watch them blossom into reality. Embrace the adventure, and may the Wood Dragon guide us to new heights of success and fulfillment.

Which dragon you like best? Message me, for more dragon locations and recommendations?

That’s all for now and thank you for visiting!

  1. It’s fascinating to see the Chinese New Year’s Celebrations. I would love to see them in real life sometimes, as they do look spectacular. The Year of the Dragon has definitely been celebrated with a lost of fast in Singapore. I love all the dragon decorations and the parades.

  2. How fun to search for dragons around Singapore in this year of the dragon. I certainly think of dragons in the typical western way. So it was interesting to rad more about the view of them as gods. And to understand that different colours mean different powers. I love the variety in the dragons you found. Let’s hope it brings a great new year for all.

  3. Happy Lunar New Year! Hoping good things for the year of the dragon, hearing that this year is supposed to be for innovators is pretty cool, I didn’t know that.

  4. Happy Lunar New Year – such a interesting and cool time! So many dragons! We have had a few decorations and dragons in Wales but nothing like they have in Singapore – must be amazing to see all of these

    Laura Side Street. x

  5. Being in Singapore during the Chinese New Year must be such a fun experience! I love, love, love all the colorful dragons! Also interesting to read about the different colors of the dragons and their meaning. I wish you a very happy Year of the Dragon filled with a lot of joyful travels.

  6. How fun to have something like this infused into the culture. The merch is so great! I love that even McDonald’s is paying homage. I think dragons like this are so stunning, and I love the colors. Here’s to a year of prosperity and joy fronted by the dragon!

  7. There are dragons everywhere – from the huge dragon lantern at Chinatown Point to the busy road intersection of New Bridge Road/Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street, and the red and orange dinos at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. What a visual feast of dragons! I am excited to see what the Year of the Wood Dragons brings in 2024.

  8. Dragon decorations can be seen across Singapore – from the massive dragon lantern at Chinatown Point to the intersection of New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, and Upper Cross Street in Chinatown, and the red and orange dinosaur installation at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall lawn. Seeing all of these colorful and creative dragon-themed decorations is such a visual feast! I’m feeling the festive spirit and am excited to see what the upcoming Year of the Wood Dragon in 2024 will bring.

  9. Wow! That’s a lot of dragon installation all over the city which makes SG a wonderful destinaton for CNY. I like the one from the Property Garden best – the cute and friendly dragon. 🙂

  10. I heard that this year’s Chinese New Year is quite auspicious for all those who observe the holiday. I just didn’t know it to be this grand in Singapore. I love the pair of Red and Orange Mononoke Dinos! They’re looking so cute and chic. May we all have a good year in 2024!

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