Enter the Dragon…
Garden of Lantern-ship…
Chinese New Year will be next week and Melaka River Got a new Jeweleries!. Come walk or cruise along Melaka river in the evening and enjoy the scenery of 500 assorted lantern scattered along the river bank all the way to Banda Hilir. This is not fundamental rounded lantern but an lantern art with living motives like flowers, animals and legendary tales of the past.
Read below about the latern project from State offcial press Melaka Hari Ini.
500 lanterns, coloured lights to beautify Sungai Melaka
PENGKALAN RAMA – More than 500 lanterns and coloured lights of various shapes and sizes will be erected along Sungai Melaka in an effort to brighten up and beautifying it surroundings at night.
The lanterns which will be shaped like flowers, animals, bullock carts and popular Melaka buildings, will decorate the river bank from the Spice Garden here all the way to Banda Hilir.
Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the purchase and other aspects of putting up the
decorative lights will cost about RM1.8 million.He said the lights and lanterns will be a permanent feature unless they had to be replaced.
“This is part of the ongoing effort to beautify Sungai Melaka especially at night in order to popularize the area as a great venue for outing.
“I believe this move will be able to attract more visitors to Melaka as Sungai Melaka is the only river in Malaysia to be decorated in this manner,” he told reporters after visiting the Spice Garden here on Tuesday.
The lights and lanterns will be put in place beginning Wednesday and is expected to be completed by January 23.
During his visit, the Chief Minister, who was also accompanied by State Tourism, Culture and Heritage committee chairman, Datuk Seet Har Cheow and State Tourism Council, Lim Chow Beng, also took a ride on the Melaka River Cruise vessel to have a closer look at various development works along the river bank.
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In a related development, Mohd Ali said the State Government will engage the expertise of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) Art and Design Faculty to further beautify the river.
He said students from the faculty will be engaged to draw murals on selected buildings from Kampung Jawa to Kampung Morten.
“Apart from beautifying the surrounding, this will also provide the students with on job trainings. The State Government and the Tourism Ministry will even pay a token to them,” he added.