If you hate crowds, Artbox Singapore may not be the place to go

If you hate crowds, Artbox Singapore may not be the place to go
Artbox made a successful debut on its first day on April 14. However, many have expressed disappointment at how crowded the event was.
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Bangkok's popular creative market Artbox is now at Marina Bayfront and Singaporeans are flocking to it, only to find themselves stuck in a sweaty crowd and under the rain too.

The hyped up event, Artbox Singapore, is being held from 3pm to 11pm this weekend and next, and is the local version of Thailand's largest hipster enclave in Bangkok where Thais sell their creative ware and craft.

It also offers food and music under pretty fairy lights that light up the area to make it feel almost like one of those Christmas markets you find in Europe.

However, it wasn't that pretty an experience for many, who have taken to social media to express their disappointment, describing their experience at the flea market as being "so cramp you can't even walk".

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[Updated] Artbox Singapore. Initial feedback from those who went were far less than positive – super duper crowded,...

Posted by Daniel's Food Diary on Friday, 14 April 2017

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Our team made a trip to Artbox Singapore today and we were not very impressed. You might want to read this post first before going. http://www.ladyironchef.com/2017/04/artbox-singapore-2017/

Posted by Ladyironchef on Friday, 14 April 2017

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Some are even telling their friends on social media to abort mission and forget about visiting the venue.

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There are around 320 stalls and other shipping container units at the 50,000 sq ft area beside Marina Bay Sands.

A 50,000 sq ft area is slightly larger than a football field, so it's a wonder how so many stalls and even live performances can be packed into it.

More than 400,000 visitors are expected to attend Artbox Singapore over these two weekends, according to organiser Invade Industry.

So you've been warned. If you hate crowds, avoid Artbox Singapore.

But if you don't mind smelling sweaty pits and probably getting drenched by the rain just to find out what the hype is about, it may well be worth the visit.

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