Malaysia’s premier shopping destination, Pavilion KL, today hosted the highly anticipated “World Dragon & Lion Dance Extravaganza – Malaysia Edition 2020”, one the first events of a calendar-packed Visit Malaysia 2020. The extraordinary sight of 4 majestic dragons and 130 lions from dance troupes all over Malaysia converging at Pavilion KL in a trilling day-long series of performances showcases the uniqueness of Malaysian culture and heritage and is a big draw to tourists and local alike.

Present to officiate the launch was Guest of Honour, YB Tuan Haji Khalid Bin Abdul Samad, Minister of Federal Territories; accompanied by YBhg Dato’ Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur; YBhg Dato’ Joyce Yap, CEO of Retail, Pavilion KL; YBhg Dato’ Philip Ho, CEO of Pavilion REIT; and YBhg Dato’ Maznah binti Abdul Jalil, Pavilion REIT Board of Director. The event was also attended by partners, tour and travel agencies, as well as members of the media, and looked on by hundreds of tourists and shoppers.

The VIPs took part in the traditional eye dotting ceremony of 10 colourful lions, bringing them to life and filling them with energy and liveliness to launch the auspicious event. To add to the festivities, the VIPs also made a wish tossing golden coins into the iconic Pavilion Crystal Fountain to symbolize luck, prosperity and good fortune.

Over 1200 dedicated members from various dragon and lion dance troupes from all over Malaysia took part in this fun-filled and vibrant, day-long extravaganza. Continuing with the excitement, visitors were treated to the Kids Lion Dance Championship featuring children aged two to twelve years old from 10 different dance troupes representing their respective primary schools. Everyone also enjoyed a special finale performance by 2019 Genting World Lion Dance Championship winner, Khuan Loke Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe.

Shoppers, visitors and tourists were treated to a colorful and extravagant Pavilion Parade, where the 130 lions paraded around the different entrances and precincts of the mall to bless and bring good luck and good fortune for the New Year. Held for the third consecutive year at Pavilion KL, this is the first time the World Dragon & Lion Dance will feature a Cultural Exhibition at Dining Loft, Level 7 to showcase the unique origins and history of this wonderful cultural heritage. This exhibition is open to the public from 1 January until 9 February 2020.

In conjunction with this celebration, and to uphold the heritage of Lion Dance, Pavilion KL also donated ten lion costumes to ten respective schools in Malaysia –  SJKC Kepong 3; SJKC Jalan Davidson Lion Dance Group; SJKC Tsun Jin; SJKC San Yuk Lion Dance Rawang Selangor; SJKC Kampung Baru Ampang; SJKC Choong Min Teluk Intan; SJKC Serdang Baru; SJKC Subang; and SJKC Yu Hua Dragon & Lion Dance Association Kajang.

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