Something to crow about in S’pore Chinatown


A huge rooster, about four stories tall, stands at an intersection in Chinatown, Singapore.

SINGAPORE: There is a gigantic and cheerful-looking rooster near the Chinatown Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station here and it is attracting a lot of attention from both tourists and locals alike.

Standing at about four storeys tall, the rooster, which has an orange body and colourful wings and tail, symbolises the upcoming Year of the Rooster, according to the Chinese zodiac.

Strategically located at an intersection between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road, the rooster has pedestrians and motorists quickly taking photographs while waiting for the traffic lights to turn green.

Diana Christy, 45, from Jakarta, Indonesia, who was on a six-day holiday in Singapore with her family, could not resist taking a selfie with the giant rooster.

“My family celebrates Chinese New Year as well so we were excited when we saw the huge figure,” said the mother-of-two.

Diana said her family enjoyed their time in nearby Chinatown, where the festive decorations and items on sale got her into the festive mood.

Logistics executive Lily Teo, 36, whipped out her smartphone from her handbag and quickly snapped some photos of the colourful rooster while waiting for a bus next to the MRT station.

Besides the giant rooster, she also liked the many cute smaller chickens dotted along the road divider.

“Each year, I look forward to the festive decorations in Chinatown,” Teo said, adding that her favourite part about the festivities was decorating her house.

A Canadian IT personnel, who only wanted to be known as Randy, was exploring the area while on vacation to visit his sister, when the bright-coloured rooster caught his eye.

“I can definitely tell that Chinese New Year is coming soon, telling by the bright decorations,” said the 48-year-old from Ottawa.

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