Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tulipmania Rediscovered : Ottoman Empire (The Origin of Tulips)

Tulipmania 2016 is back at the Flower Dome once again for the 4th year! This year, the tulips are set amidst an elegant Persian-style backdrop. Visitors get to learn about the origin of tulips, tracing their roots back to the ancient Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) where they were first cultivated.



When we think of Tulips, we will somehow relate it to Holland. However, do you know that tulips are native to Central Asia and Turkey. The name, tulip comes from 'tulipa' or turban. 

Way before the tulip was brought to the Netherlands where it sparked “Tulipmania” during the Dutch Golden Age, the first wild tulips were believed to have grown in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. So captivating was it to the Sultan and people of the 16th-century Ottoman Empire that it became the inspiration for many songs, poetry and paintings.


Tulipa - 'Flaming Agrass'

This year, more than 35,000 tulips laid out in colourful carpets of intricate patterns in the Flower Dome. Upon entering the Flower Dome, I was mesmerized and dazzled by the tulips showcased at the centerpiece.



Tulip is my favourite floral and I love the colourful bulbs which looks simple, graceful yet elegant. Unlike the previous editions where we have Miffy and it was set in the theme of fairytale, windmills and clogs, this year, I had my eyes solely on the tulips itself.


Tulipa - 'Smirnoff'

Tulipa - 'Pako'

Tulipa - 'Yellow Flight'

Tulipa - 'Canasta'



I'm pretty happy seeing the variety of tulips featured in the 4th edition of Tulipmania. The tulips are in full bloom during my visit and I got many beautiful shots of the floral with my mobile phone. More photos of the tulips on BPDGTravels Facebook album.

Tulipmania
Date: 8 April 2016 – 22 May 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
*Admission charge to the conservatories applies

Tulipmania – 50% discount for Local Senior Citizens
Local senior citizens enjoy 50% off admission tickets to the Flower Dome! 
Offer starts Friday, 8 April and lasts till Sunday, 22 May 2016. Terms and conditions apply. 
Visit Gardens by the Bay website for more details.



Stand to win an exclusive tulip-inspired designer gift simply by taking a photo of Tulipmania display using the photo frame provided in the Flower Dome. Upload your photo on Instagram and add a caption why you love Tulipmania. Hashtag #gardensbythebay, #GBTulipmania, #KLM for a chance to win the prize! 2 winners will be selected each week on instagram and website. Contest period is from 8 April - 22 May 2016.

13 comments:

  1. Wow, how lucky of you to catch them in full bloom! Their Colours are so pretty and mesmerising indeed! Thanks for the intro about Tulips too - interesting facts to know! ;)

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    1. They are beautiful indeed.. I was lucky then. :)

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  2. You captured such beautiful blooms of the tulips. Tulipmania is one of my favourite highlights at GBTB and it's amazing how they always introduce it with a new theme to keep things fresh and interesting.

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    1. I think GBTB really made the effort to make Tulipmania interesting and kept it going successfully for so many years. Looking forward to next year!

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  3. Lovely photos! I went too, and our family had a great time.

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    1. Thank you! My children didn't follow me to Tulipmania.. hopefully i can bring them along next time

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  4. How beautiful these flowers look! Thanks for capturing the gamut of colors so well. No need to visit Europe when they are right here in SG.

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  5. Seems like you're walking through a wonderland here.. so many beautiful tulips!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  6. This looks so beautiful and had to give a miss to it this time. Thanks for sharing them here to enjoy the beauty.

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  7. The photos are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing! =)

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  8. Beautiful !!!!
    Thanks for sharing, must find the time to visit !!!

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  9. Beautiful shots! Don't need to go Holland anymore just to see Tulips. :D

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  10. I went too! For someone who likes Tulip, I must say they are pretty nice!

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