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Imagine Dragons

Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon is the only mythical zodiac sign and signifies luck. The Year of the Dragon is held by the Chinese to be auspicious for new beginnings, often choosing to hold weddings, have a baby, or launch business ventures in the year. China’s first ever issued stamps were called the ‘Large Dragons’, with an illustration of a dragon emblazoned on each stamp for good fortune.

Every year, the Singapore Philatelic Museum features an exhibition dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac. This year, they are proudly presenting the ‘Imagine Dragons’ exhibition to usher in the Year of the Dragon. Through an international collection of stamps and philatelic materials dating from 1959 and various interactive displays, the exhibition brings children on a quest to explore the world of dragons.

Did you know that dragons can be found in the culture of countries all over the world? While in the east dragons are known to help people and are respected, the dragons of Europe are often portrayed as evil creatures to be feared. Meet the Mexican Amphithere and the Greek Hydra in the Magical Forest and unearth real-life ‘dragons’ in the Dinosaur Pit. 


Find out how a dragon lives by venturing into the Dragon’s Lair! Children can read dragon stories, learn about the character traits of those born in a dragon year, and even view unique 3-D stamps. When you’re done, head over to the Raging Sea where you can sit inside a replica of an actual dragonboat with an original dragon head on loan from the Singapore Dragon Boat Association. Children will love interacting with the numerous eye-catching exhibits and uncovering hidden secrets behind each corner.

The Philatelic Museum will also be hosting an open house on the second day of the Chinese New Year, 24th January.  You can look forward to various performances and activities throughout the day such as lion dances, art and crafts for children, and even a guided tour of the museum exhibits. Come down and partake in the festivities!


The Open House will be held on Tuesday, 24th January from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission will be free.

Venue: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore Philatelic Museum
Date: 23 January 2012 - December 2012
Opening hours: Monday (1 p.m. - 7 p.m.), Tuesday - Sunday (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Admission charge
Adult: $5
Free admission for students, children, and senior citizens who are Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.

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