First-time visitor becomes Gardens by the Bay's 20-millionth visitor

SINGAPORE - It happened to be her very first visit but 25-year-old Gowri d/o Subramanian was pleasantly surprised when she found out that she had become the 20-millionth visitor of Gardens by the Bay since its opening three years ago.

Gardens by the Bay said in a statement that they had invited Miss Gowri back to the attraction today, Nov 22, in celebration of this milestone. She launched the new "Christmas Toyland" floral display in the Flower Dome with Guest of Honour, Minister for National Development Mr Lawrence Wong.

On being the 20-millionth visitor, Miss Gowri said: "It's definitely unexpected, but it made my pre-wedding photo shoot an even more memorable experience."

Together with Mr Wong, Miss Gowri helped drop two balls into a labyrinth, which triggered the light-up of an 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid in the centre of the floral display. As "Christmas Toyland" came to life, two ballerinas started to dance at the base of the pyramid, symbolising the performances that will be held for the very first time in the flower field this festive season.

"Christmas Toyland" is the latest of floral display in the Flower Dome, one aspect of the Gardens that remains a hit with visitors.

Gardens by the Bay's visitorship was at 6.4 million visitors in 2014 and is projected to reach 8 million this year.

The local attraction had also won a number of recent international awards, including Tripadvisor Singapore's Most Review Attraction in Singapore 2014, as well as one of the winners for the AsiaOne People's Choice Awards 2014 for Top 3 Best Attractions.

Gardens by the Bay's Chief Executive Officer Dr Kiat W. Tan said: "Welcoming 20 million visitors in a relatively short span of time is something that we are proud of, and a validation of the work we have put in to make Gardens by the Bay a 'People's Garden'. The Gardens is not just for nature lovers, but a place for one and all."

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