Tallest Pagoda structure for CNY at KLCC

Themed ‘The gReAt Lunar New Year’, this year’s celebration is in line with the VM2020 campaign, aimed at promoting the uniqueness of the country’s cultural diversity

by LYDIA NATHAN/ pic by BERNAMA

IF YOU want to get into the Chinese New Year (CNY) mood, surrounded by all the goodies and brands that you like, you might just want to head out to the Suria KLCC mall.

The mall has a host of century-old Chinese traditional activities with a modern twist for visitors until Feb 2, 2020.

Themed “The gReAt Lunar New Year”, this year’s celebration is in line with the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) campaign, and it is aimed at promoting the uniqueness and beauty of the country’s cultural diversity through its grand decorations.

KLCC Property Holdings Bhd chairman Datuk Hashim Wahir said this year is a year of “new inceptions and renewals”, one that has been anticipated for a long time.

“The ‘Year of the Rat’ is significant because it is the first sign from the 12 animal cycle of the Chinese astrology.

“With this, we have in store plenty of fortune-telling opportunities for visitors as they gain wisdom on their prospects and take confident steps forward into the year,” he said during the launch at the mall in Kuala Lumpur recently.

In conjunction with the “Rat Year”, statues of cute mice have been placed at all the main entrances to welcome visitors.

Hashim said the decorations at the Centre Court of the mall would also be the festivities’ mainstay as various highlights and activities are located here. The Centre Court decor depicts the ancient majestic octagonal-based Chinese Pagoda.

The pagoda, a main attraction this year at the mall, stands 70ft tall and is the tallest pagoda structure in the country, as recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records 2020.

“The height of this pagoda and its exquisite colourful decorations using Chinese lanterns and peonies will bedazzle the visitors,” Hashim said.

The event commemorated the lighting of the pagoda followed by an auspicious Yee Sang tossing ceremony.

Throughout the celebration, Suria KLCC’s visitors will be treated to an “Interactive Zodiac Reading” — a cutting-edge experience which will guide visitors through the ancient art of Chinese zodiac and expound on fortunes in areas like health, money and relationships.

Additionally, visitors will be able to pick and receive an e-angpow from certain stores after completing the zodiac reading in a “Lucky Angpow Pick and Win” feature.

Hashim said there’d be something for everyone, from a Chinese calligraphy workshop for art lovers over the weekend to a “Prosperity Photobooth”, where visitors will be able to take home printouts of the memories created there.

“For an even more bespoke experience, visitors can drop by ‘The gReAt Fortune Teller’ booth for a one-on-one consultation with a master fortune teller over sessions on selected weekends,” he said.

Hashim also said visitors could also enjoy the lion dance acrobatic performances and 24-drum circles until the end of the campaign.

“And while you indulge in the decorations and the wonderful performances, take the opportunity to shop and get rewarded instantly,” he said.

Meanwhile, the mall also pledged to donate to the Children’s Wish Society of Malaysia (CWS Malaysia) to raise awareness on the plight of the unfortunate and terminally ill children who face hardship due to the illness.

“The donation is a continuation effort by Suria KLCC following its contribution of RM20,000 during the recent Christmas celebrations.

“In total, Suria KLCC has contributed RM40,000 to CWS Malaysia as part of its corporate social responsibility activities in giving back to the community during festive seasons,” Hashim said.

He added that the contribution could help the CWS Malaysia to fulfil the wish lists of the terminally ill children.

Among the more popular items on the list include iPads, tablets, smartphones, Lego sets, bicycles and many more.

“Together, let’s give the children more reasons to smile this CNY,” he said.