The return of Tulipmania traces the origins of tulips all the way to Kazakhstan

Tulips first appeared as wild flowers in Central Asia, and the return of Tulipmania after a hiatus of two years pays tribute to this little-known history, which visitors can also experience online

Tulipmania Floral Display

After a hiatus of two years, Tulipmania, the popular annual display in Gardens by the Bay‘s Flower Dome, returns today with a focus on Kazakhstan. After all, unknown to many, the history of tulips can be traced back to the first appearance of wild tulips in Central Asia. Last held in 2019 and originally scheduled to take place again in April 2020, Tulipmania had been put on hold because of the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Tulipmania 2021The yurt is a dwelling of nomadic Kazakhs that can be easily assembled, providing a comfortable space. The yurt on display is a cross-section of an actual yurt, and is on loan from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Singapore. It was built in accordance with traditional techniques without the use of nails or screws.

At this year’s display, called Tulipmania – Its Wild Origins (梦幻郁金香), visitors can imagine themselves following in the footsteps of Kazakh nomadic tribes, who once traipsed across the foothills of Tien Shan, the great mountain system of Central Asia and the place where tulips were believed to have first appeared.

Autumn Oct 2021 LDB

Tulipmania – Its Wild Origins will run until November 14. For the first time, there will be an online component, and visitors can watch videos of the floral display from the comfort of their homes. These videos will be posted on Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook and website progressively from 7 October.

At the launch event today, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development Indranee Rajah joined Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Arken Arystanov, as well as Gardens by the Bay Chairman Niam Chiang Meng in unveiling the centrepiece of the floral display, a 4m-tall yurt.

Tulipmania Gardens by the Bay 2021A tower inspired by Timurid dynasty architecture, featuring blue and turquoise geometric patterns that symbolise clear Kazakhstan skies and waters.

The yurt is a dwelling of nomadic Kazakhs that can be easily assembled, providing a comfortable space. The yurt on display is a cross-section of an actual yurt, and is on loan from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Singapore. It was built in accordance with traditional techniques without the use of nails or screws.




Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh, said, “Many Singaporeans have been looking forward to seeing tulips at Gardens by the Bay again. Our horticulturists have been working hard to bring this display to fruition with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. We hope the return of beautiful tulips will lift spirits in this difficult period, and ask that visitors enjoy themselves while keeping to safe distancing measures. For our visitors including seniors who may not be able to come, we are offering the option of experiencing the beauty of tulips online through a series of videos.”

With this year’s Tulipmania being held in October instead of April, Gardens by the Bay has sourced tulips from New Zealand instead of the Netherlands. This time of the year is regarded as autumn in countries in the Northern hemisphere, but in New Zealand, which is in the Southern hemisphere, it is springtime and tulips are in bloom.

Tulipmania 2021 Singapore

Whether online or in person, visitors can look forward to enjoying a variety of tulips, including some resembling the wild tulips growing across Tien Shan, as well as perennial favourites such as ‘Yellow Flight’ and ‘Foxtrot’, which have the single tulip and double tulip forms that most people are more familiar with.

Also within the floral display is a depiction of a bazaar that represents Kazakhstan’s role as a trading hub and cultural melting-pot along the Silk Route, as well as towers and gates inspired by Timurid dynasty architecture, featuring blue and turquoise geometric patterns that symbolise clear Kazakhstan skies and waters.

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Visitor safety remains a priority for Gardens by the Bay. All visitors must comply with prevailing Covid-19 guidelines, including the wearing of masks even during photo-taking, not gathering in groups of more than two people, and observing a safe distance of 1m from other visitors.

Tulipmania Floral Display 2021A depiction of a bazaar that represents Kazakhstan’s role as a trading hub and cultural melting – pot along the Silk Route.

In addition to timed entry, other safety measures for gated attractions include:

  • Capacity limits
  • Temperature screening
  • Safe distancing of 1m and floor markers to guide people in complying
  • Automatic entry and exit doors
  • Self-disinfecting coating on commonly touched surfaces like lift buttons and escalator railings
  • Sanitisation of public amenities like toilets every hour
  • Hand sanitisers available at all entrances, exits and high contact areas
  • Equipping the air-chilling system in Cloud Forest and Flower Dome with high performance germicidal Ultra Violet (C) emitters similar to those used in healthcare institutions to improve air quality

Tulipmania – Its Wild Origins (梦幻郁金香)

Date: 7 October to 14 November 2021
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Details: Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies.

Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Klook and KKDay.




For more information, visit here.

Photos credit: Gardens by the Bay.


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