January 8, 2017
...Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam (click here) attended the ceremony and lighted up the lanterns on stage, marking the start of the seven-week celebrations.
Designed by 14 students from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the street light-up illustrates the life of a rooster as it grows from a tiny hatchling to a mighty creature.
It culminates in a centerpiece, a giant rooster lantern measuring 13 meters in height, perching proudly at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street.
Kenneth Lim, director of Cultural Precincts, Singapore Tourism Board, noted that the Chinese New Year Celebrations at Chinatown has always been an excellent showcase of the precinct's mix of heritage and dynamism, delighting locals and visitors alike with an extravaganza of lights and sounds....
January 7, 2017
...5,500 handcrafted lanterns, (click here) along with a 13m-tall rooster with outspread wings, have been installed in Chinatown to welcome the coming Year of the Rooster. The construction of the intricate lanterns took 1½ months, involving 40 craftsmen specially flown in from Sichuan province in China. The light up ends on Feb 25.