If you’re in Singapore this month, be sure to reserve time for the famous annual Dragon Boat Festival. Here are the best spots to catch the festival from, the hotel you should stay at and the food you must try.
The action packed Dragon Boat Festival will be held on May 30 in Singapore. Also known as the Dumplings Festival, this traditional Chinese festival attracts hundreds of boat racing clubs who come to participate while onlookers join to cheer their favourite teams and throw rice dumplings wrapped in banana leaves into the water as a mark to appease the river dragons. The Bedok Reservoir, the Kallang River, and Gardens by the Bay Marina Channel are the different spots where this festival can be caught.
Where to Stay
All eyes are on The Fullerton Hotel Singapore for bookings: the heritage hotel that for nearly a century had secured the service of Singapore’s General Post Office, the Exchange Reference Library, and the Singapore Club.The neoclassical landmark, now a luxury hotel, is being booked out fast because of its proximity to the festival venue. Choose from different Straits Club Rooms that start at US$478 per night to enjoy exclusive services.
Jade serves authentic Cantonese cuisine in an elegant ambience. For the Boat Dragon Festival, the restaurant is bringing five of its all-time best selling rice dumpling flavours in an assortment of flavours like the Sambal Chicken Quinoa and Glutinous Rice Dumplings, and Hong Kong-style Abalone Glutinous Rice Dumplings to its menu. Plus, there’s The Lighthouse, an Italian rooftop bar and restaurant that occupies the spot where a beacon once guided mariners to safety. Now, it looks out to a gorgeous skyline and the Marina Bay. There’s also Town that offers power breakfasts, seafood gourmet dinners, high tea buffets, and Sunday Champagne Brunches.
Take A Heritage Tour
►Unveil the history spanning the Fullerton building by taking an hour-long heritage tour of the property. Guests have exclusive access to the preserved corners within the hotel.
►Request a map and expand the plan further to take a tour of the surrounding areas. At walkable distance are historical landmarks such as the Old Supreme Court and City Hall, the Merlion Park, and the Dalhousie Obelisk.