900 LED lanterns to light up Chinatown for Mid-Autumn Festival

900 LED lanterns to light up Chinatown for Mid-Autumn Festival

The light-up runs from Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road to South Bridge Road, and comprises about 900 handcrafted lanterns, each fitted with LED lights.

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SINGAPORE: For the first time, LED lanterns will be used when Chinatown lights up for the Mid-Autumn Festival on Saturday (Sep 3) - part of organisers' efforts to make the street light-up more environmentally friendly.

The light-up will be officially launched on Saturday, in an opening ceremony to be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

The lights run from Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road to South Bridge Road and comprise about 900 handcrafted lanterns, each fitted with LED lights, said the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee. It added that the LED lights are brighter, and will also help reduce the amount of electricity used by up to 70 per cent.

Taking pride of place at the junction of Eu Tong Sen and Upper Cross streets is a 12-metre lantern of Chang'e, the Chinese goddess of the moon.

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(Photo: Nisha Karyn)

The street light-up also features three large-scale lantern displays along the centre divider between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street. One is of mythological archer Hou Yi, husband of Chang'e, shooting down the nine suns in the Chinese legend; another is of the Moon Palace; and the third is of Chang'e's companion, the Jade Rabbit, pounding the elixir of life for her.

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Organisers said the light-up was conceptualised and designed by eight Year Two students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee. The display was built by 36 expert lantern craftsmen from China.

From Saturday until Sep 15, there will also be nightly music and dance performances at Kreta Ayer Square.

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The Love Story of Chang'e and Hou Yi, a performance at the Mid-Autumn Festival. (Photo: Nisha Karyn)

Other events include tea appreciation workshops and other activities at Chinatown Heritage Centre, weekend guided tours along Chinatown's four main streets - Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road - as well as a special tour for about 200 primary and secondary school students from both local and international schools.

The street light-up runs until Sep 30.

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(Photo: Nisha Karyn)

Source: CNA

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