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Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2018

Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2018

Dumpling Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival or Duan Wu (“double fifth”) Jie, is an important festival for Chinese communities around the world.


Festive practices associated with Dumpling Festival include the sport of dragon boat racing, the consumption of dumplings, as well as the hanging of charms and pouches filled with herbs to ward off insects in the summer heat of the fifth lunar month.

Organised by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2018 presents an exciting weekend of offerings including dumpling making sessions, craft workshops, dramatized storytelling and evening music performances ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Join at Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2018 to learn more about the history and cultural significance of this widely celebrated festival!


Make Your Own Dumplings! 

Learn to make glutinous rice dumplings the traditional way at the Memorial Hall this Dumpling Festival. Stuff, wrap and tie your own dumplings, and be treated to delicious bak zhang!

  • Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
  • Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Admission: Available on a first-come, first-served basis

“Little Carp’s Adventure” Heritage Hunt @ SYSNMH

The dragon gate is waiting for you to accept the challenge! Test your resilience as the "Little Carp" and brave through the hurdles for your chance to become a legendary dragon! Learn important values from a well-known Chinese legend and discover the auspicious meanings of fishes in Chinese culture through this treasure hunt.

  • Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Festive Fun: Creative Sand Art

Get messy and have some fun at drop-in sand art workshop, and create colourful masterpieces using adorable festive templates!

  • Date: 16 June 2018
  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Festive Fun: Kite Painting

Let your imagination soar! Design your very own paper kite, adorned with stencils of dumplings and dragons. Don’t forget to use bright colours to let your masterpiece stand out from the rest.

  • Date: 17 June 2018
  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Under the Sea: Stories for Children 

(Supported by Speak Good English Movement and Speak Mandarin Campaign)

Discover the legends and myths of fishes in Chinese culture in interactive storytelling sessions conducted by local authors and veteran storytellers! Each session will feature a different story and craft activity.

  • Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
  • Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (English); 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Chinese)

#InstaWorthy 3D Photowall

Say ‘cheese’! Snap unlimited pics with friendly dragon and dumpling mascots and get your free photo printouts at #InstaWorthy 3D Photowall.

  • Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Festive Activity Booths

Collect your activity passport at Reception Desk and try your hand at activities booths to win a mystery prize! Activities include miniature clay figurine, fishing frenzy game, traditional ice cream, dragon’s breath candy, and a ‘live’ Betta splenden (Siamese fighting fish) contest.

  • Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
  • Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Roving Balloon Artist

Fancy yourself a colourful crown, sword, or flower? Spot roving balloon artist and bring home a festival souvenir! 

  • Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
  • Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Balestier Heritage & Food Trail

Uncover the history of Balestier and embark on the Balestier Heritage & Food Trail to explore heritage sites and sample delicious local delights along the way.

  • Date: 16 June 2018
  • Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm 
  • Admission: $5.00 (includes bottled water and a traditional snack). Registration required. Available in English or Mandarin.

Beauty of Betta Photography Workshop with Visarute Angkatavanich (by Nikon)

Join for an enriching morning with Nikon Thailand Ambassador, Visarute Angkatavanich. Commercial photographer, Visarute is best known for his striking images of the Siamese fighting fish. In this one-off session, learn and watch him shoot these ferocious fishes.

  • Date: 16 June 2018
  • Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Admission: Registration required

Book Signing by Visarute Angkatavanich: Betta Paradiso

Betta Paradiso: The Art of Siamese Fighting Fish features a collection of commercial photographer Visarute Angkatavanich’s striking images of the Siamese fighting fish. Purchase your copy of Betta Paradiso and have it signed by Visarute during this exclusive meet and greet session.

  • Date: 16 June 2018
  • Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm

Introduction to Portrait Photography Workshop (by Nikon)

Learn tips and tricks on how to shoot SNS-worthy pictures of your family from professional photographer, Kai Tan. In this workshop, you will pick up tricks of the trade to capture that precious moment and put them to the test thereafter.

  • Date: 16 June 2018
  • Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Admission: Registration required

Interactive Craft Workshop by River Valley High School

Join in this interactive programme and learn more about the value of resilience as displayed by Chinese pioneers. Bring back your very own origami carp at the end of the session!

  • Date: 16 – 17 June 2018
  • Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Chinese Fan Painting Workshop

Have fun painting your own fan in this Chinese painting workshop and learn more about the auspicious meanings of various fish symbols in Chinese culture.

  • Date: 17 June 2018
  • Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Breeding Bettas: Caring for Siamese Fighting Fish (by iBetta)

In conjunction with SYSNMH’s “Beauty of Betta” photography exhibition, the Memorial Hall is proud to join hands with iBetta to present a sharing session on Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish). Join this free talk to learn more on how to properly breed and care for these magnificent fishes.

  • Date: 17 June 2018
  • Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Evening Concert

Experience wonder and delight in this dynamic showcase of cultural and contemporary arts! Performances include LED dragon dance, stand-up comedy show, Abracadabra! magic show, chinese acrobatic performances, Chinese drums, live music performances and more.

  • Date: 16 & 17 June 2018
  • Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Free admission!


Credit: image of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall




Admission: Free

Telephone number

+65 6256 7377



12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874

How to get there?

By Bus

Bus service nos. 21, 130, 131, 139, 139M, 145, 186 (to alight at Zhongshan Mall) 
Bus service nos. 139, 139M: Opp EASB (to alight at East Asia Institute of Management) 

By Train

Toa Payoh Station (NS19) 
Take bus service nos. 139, 145 from Toa Payoh Bus Interchange (to alight at Zhongshan Park) 

Novena Station (NS20)
Take bus service nos. 21, 131 from Novena Church (to alight at Zhongshan Park)

Alternatively, the Memorial Hall is a 20 minute walk from Toa Payoh Station (NS19) or Novena Station (NS20) 


By Car

Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), from Changi Aiport towards Tuas
Take Exit 17 (Balestier Road/Thomson Road/Upper Thomson Road) onto Jalan Datoh. Turn left at Balestier Road, then turn left at Ah Hood Road. 

Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), from Tuas towards Changi Airport
Take Exit 17D (Thomson Road/Toa Payoh) onto Jalan Toa Payoh. Turn right to stay on Thomson Road. Turn left to Balestier Road, then turn left at Ah Hood Road.


The Memorial Hall does not offer parking spaces. Visitors may park at Zhongshan Mall, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, or Ah Hood Gardens housing estate.