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Wan Qing Festival of Spring

Wan Qing Festival of Spring

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2023!


Join us for a spirited weekend as we celebrate the spring festival with an exciting line-up of programmes and activities, suitable for all ages.

Expect family-friendly offerings such as lion dance and festive drumming workshops, temple tours and heritage trails, storytelling, craft activities for the little ones, and more! Finally, capture your Lunar New Year OOTDs with us with adorably ginormous rabbit installation of Bit Bit Forest! The fun never stops at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

"Bunny-ful" Blessings (Supported by Hong Kong-based illustrator and designer Chan Siu Kau)

  • Date: 29 December 2022 – 19 February 2023
  • Time: 10am – 7pm (Closed on Mondays)
  • Admission: Free

The Lunar New Year is widely celebrated by the Chinese community in all parts of the world, and we would often usher in the new year with customs and festivities that are believed to bring good luck, fortune and prosperity such as putting up festive decorations, wearing red clothing on the first day, eating nian gao (a sweet sticky dessert made from glutinous rice flour), etc.

Titled “Bunny-ful Blessings”, this lawn installation is a collaboration between the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and artist Chan Siu Kau, a Hong Kong illustrator and designer. It features two of the artist’s Bit Bit Forest character, Bit Bit, rendered in the form of daruma dolls decorated with the words 幸 (xìng) meaning blessing, fortune and luck, and 福 (fú) meaning happiness.

This installation therefore represents the memorial hall’s wish for a year of good luck and great fortune for Singapore, and for Singaporeans to continue to persevere as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and chart our way forward together in an increasingly complex world. The installation will be on display on the lawn of the memorial hall until 19 February 2023.

Lunar New Year Hongbao Giveaway (Supported by National Heritage Board)

It's time to usher in the Year of the Rabbit with the Museum Roundtable (MR) and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH)! Get ready to collect specially designed hongbao from 39 participating museums and galleries.

Don’t miss the chance to get the limited edition SYSNMH hongbao for FREE! More details to be announced on 3 January 2023.

Visit for more information about the MR Lunar New Year Hongbao campaign 2023.

Auspicious Lion & Dragon Dance Performance

  • Date: 22 January 2023
  • Time: 10am – 11am
  • Admission: Free

Revel in the festivities and usher in the Lunar New Year at the Memorial Hall with our beloved annual lion and dragon dance performance on the first day of the Lunar New Year!

God of Fortune Visit 

  • Date: 22 January 2023
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Admission: Free

Rub shoulders with the God of Fortune for an auspicious year ahead! The God of Fortune will be at the Memorial Hall and giving away sweet treats for a bountiful year.

Lunar New Year Free Admission

  • Date: 22 & 24 January 2023 (LNY Day 1 & 3)
  • Time: 10am – 5pm
  • Admission: Free

Come spend your time at the Memorial Hall as admission is free for all to the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall on the Lunar New Year holiday.

Festival of Spring Weekend Open House

  • Date: 4 & 5 February 2023
  • Time: 10am - 7pm
  • Admission: Free admission with paid activities

Children Lion Dance Workshop (Supported by Martial House)

  • Date: 4 February 2023
  • Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Admission: $10 per pax

Recommended for children aged 6 years and above. Workshop will be conducted in English and Mandarin.

Let your child get into the festive spirit with this interactive lion dance workshop! Limber up with a series of full body stretches, learn basic dance movements from expert instructors, have fun trying on miniature lion dance costumes, and discover the origins behind this well-loved art form.

Children Festive Chinese Drums Workshop (Supported by Martial House)

  • Date: 5 February 2023
  • Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Admission: $10 per pax

Recommended for children aged 6 years and above.  Workshop will be conducted in English and Mandarin. 

Drum up a storm in this energetic musical workshop – your child will learn basic drumming techniques used for Chinese percussion instruments and experience a variety of rhythms and beats.

Parent-Child Festive Cute Tangyuan Workshop (Supported by MiracleMo SG)

  • Date: 5 February 2023
  • Time: 10am - 12.30pm
  • Admission: $38 per parent-child pair

Recommended for participants aged 6 years and above. Workshop will be conducted in Mandarin.

Make adorable lunar new year-themed tangyuan (glutinous rice balls) with us! In this popular workshop, learn various skills such as making glutinous rice ball skin, wrapping and shaping of tangyuan, cooking methods and many more.

Storytelling Sessions: Tales of Spring (Supported by Speak Good English Movement and Speak Mandarin Campaign)

  • Date: 4 February 2023 (Chinese), 5 February 2023 (English)
  • Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 3pm
  • Admission: Free

Be swept away with enthralling tales in our popular storytelling sessions! Discover the legends and myths behind well-loved Chinese stories as local authors and veteran storytellers bring you on a literary adventure.

Drop-in Craft Station: Lunar New Year Inspired Crafts

  • Date: 4 & 5 February 2023
  • Time: 11am – 6pm
  • Admission: Free

Get crafty as you make Lunar New Year inspired crafts such as greeting card colouring and God of Fortune origami folding.

Let’s Celebrate with Uncle Ting: Lunar New Year Activity Kit

  • Date: 4 & 5 February 2023
  • Time: 10am – 7pm

Kids! Come pick up an activity kit to discover more about the Lunar New Year! Join Uncle Ting to learn more about the legends and popular customs associated with this festival through a series of fun activities including red packet making! Activity kits are given out on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last and one per child.

Touring Temples: Lunar New Year and Temple Traditions

  • Date: 28 & 29 January 2023, 4 & 5 February 2023
  • Time: 10am – 1pm
  • Admission: $20.00 per pax

Parts of the tour will be conducted in English and Mandarin vice versa.

The Lunar New Year is a time of family reunion and festive cheer celebrated by Chinese and other Asian communities. Other than celebrating with family and friends, many Chinese also make it a point to visit temples during CNY (Chinese New Year), arguably the most important traditional festival and holiday for the Chinese.

Join us as we explore local temples during the CNY period to have a peek at how they and their devotees celebrate the New Year. We will have the opportunity to hear from temple reps who will enlighten us on customs associates with specific temples and dialect groups.

Each tour includes visits to two different temples:

  • 28 Jan – Sar Kong Mun San Fook Tuck Chee (沙冈万山福德祠) & Thian Hock Keng (天福宫)
  • 29 Jan – Qi Tian Gong (齐天宫) & Thian Hock Keng (天福宫)
  • 4 Feb – Poh Chung Tian Chor Sian Tong (普忠殿助善堂) & Toa Payoh Seu Teck Sean Tong (大芭窑修德善堂)    
  • 5 February – Hong San See (凤山寺) & Sar Kong Mun San Fook Tuck Chee (沙冈万山福德祠)

Balestier Heritage Food Trail

  • Date: 4 February 2023
  • Time: 10.30am – 11.30am (English), 11.30am – 12.30pm (Mandarin)
  • Admission: $12 per pax

Go on a gastronomic journey around Balestier with our ever-popular Balestier Heritage Food Trail! Delve into the architectural and cultural development of Balestier as you visit and sample bites from heritage shops such as Lam Yeo Coffee Powder Factory and Sweetlands Confectionary and Bakery and discover the rich food history behind these places.

Permanent Galleries Guided Tour

  • Date: 4 & 5 February 2023
  • Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm (Chinese), 3pm – 4pm (English)
  • Admission: Free; limited spaces available

Join us for a guided tour of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and hear the stories behind this century-old villa that trace Dr Sun Yat Sen’s revolutionary activities in Southeast Asia. Gain valuable insights on the impact of the 1911 Revolution on Singapore, as well as Singapore’s contributions to the Revolution.

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Image Credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall



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.