Jonker Walk transforms into magical CNY realm with 1,000 lanterns, giant dragon


By AGENCY

A giant replica dragon installation, measuring 82m in length, is situated at the entrance of Melaka's Jonker Walk for the Chinese New Year season this year. Photo: Bernama

Around 1,000 large lanterns and decorative lights, a giant dragon replica, and ornate replica gateways have given Jonker Walk a vibrant festive atmosphere as it welcomes visitors during this Chinese New Year season.

Jonker Walk committee chairman Datuk Gan Tian Loo said the decorations involved a cost of nearly RM2mil, contributed by various sponsors to this location, which will host the state-level Chinese New Year celebration on Feb 22.

"We aim to welcome one million domestic and international visitors to Jonker Walk during the 15-day period from Feb 10 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year until the Chap Goh Meh celebration on Feb 24.

A giant ‘Bakul Sia’ is also one of Jonker Walk's main stage attractions in Melaka. The giant traditional basket was specially brought in from Yongchun, China. Photo: BernamaA giant ‘Bakul Sia’ is also one of Jonker Walk's main stage attractions in Melaka. The giant traditional basket was specially brought in from Yongchun, China. Photo: Bernama

"Various cultural and arts performances have been lined up to enhance the visitor experience,” he told reporters when met at Jonker Walk today.

He also said that a special Jonker Walk night market will take place on Feb 22, as opposed to the usual Friday to Sunday weekly schedule.

Gan also said that a giant ‘Bakul Sia’, measuring 4.6m in height and 2.4m in width, has also been placed next to the main stage of Jonker Walk.

He said the giant traditional basket was specially brought in from Yongchun, China, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations, thereby strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries. - Bernama

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