SEA Games torch parade to pass through iconic spots on Jun 4

SEA Games torch parade to pass through iconic spots on Jun 4

SINGAPORE - The SEA Games torch will pass through some of Singapore's most iconic spots in the Torch parade that will take place on Jun 4, a day before the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

The 2.5km route will pass through Clifford Square, Merlion Park, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, The Float @ Marina Bay and the ArtScience Museum, before ending at Marina Bay Sands with a host of activities and entertainment.

In a statement today, Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief of Community and Corporate Outreach of the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) said: "We are overwhelmed by the wider community embracing the Games through the various community engagement programmes over the past 18 months. The Torch Parade is the fitting highlight of all these efforts that culminate in the formal lighting of the torch."

The event will kick off with the torch light-up ceremony at 5.30pm at The Promontory @ Marina Bay. Minister of Culture, Community and Youth Mr Lawrence Wong will attend the ceremony, joined by 28 representatives from the various community efforts to date.

During the parade, six members from the SEA Games volunteer brand, Team Nila, have been chosen to bear the torch.

After the parade, the torch will be transferred into a safety lantern before it continues its journey to the National Stadium via the Kallang Basin for the opening ceremony the next day.

Chairman of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies Colonel Lawrence Lim said: "Water has always been a significant part of Singapore's history. Having the flame come to the National Stadium by water is a fitting reminder and celebration of Singapore's history and achievements."

After arriving at the Sports Hub, the torch will be brought into the National Stadium in a torch relay featuring 13 athletes, which will culminate in the light-up of the 28th SEA Games cauldron.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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