SINGAPORE — The Sentosa Musical Fountain, which was demolished in 2007 to make way for Resorts World Sentosa, will return to the island later this year as part of a new beach bazaar concept.
The Central Beach Bazaar, located next to the Beach Station, will open in September, Mr. Buhdy Bok, managing director of Mount Faber Leisure Group, a subsidiary of the Sentosa Development Corporation, said Thursday (July 14).
The day and night bazaar will feature three new attractions, including what is said to be the tallest fountain in Southeast Asia, and a multi-food and drink concept.
The new musical fountain will use the existing infrastructure of the Wings of Time outdoor night show, which has been upgraded to include more pyrotechnic effects.
The Musical Fountain was a prominent feature of the Sentosa landscape from 1982 to 2007 and a crowd favorite at the time.
Mr Ronald Ng, 37, was only five years old when he last visited the fountain, but he recalled the light show was “spectacular”, he said.
The information technology manager said the layout of the old fountain resembled the gardens of the Taj Mahal in India.
Ms Yap, who declined to give her full name, recalled being “very excited” by the laser lights and music when she watched shows at the old fountain in the 1980s.
The 73-year-old general insurance agent said she would like to visit the new fountain to compare it with her past experience.
Mr Bok said: “We have always known that the old fountain was very popular, so we thought it would be very exciting and interesting for locals (if brought back).”
The musical fountain will operate from 11 a.m., with the last show at 4:30 p.m. There will be two shows of five minutes each broadcast every hour.
The first show will feature music from the 1990s, like Elton John’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, while the second will feature a medley of beloved National Day songs, like Kit Chan’s Home . The mix was compiled specifically for the new fountain.
Among the bazaar’s new attractions is the Sentosa SkyJet, a fountain that can rise up to 80m above the water, making it the tallest fountain in Southeast Asia.
It is anchored by weights to the seabed, which allows it to float on water. At night, it will be illuminated by an underwater searchlight with full color LED lights.
The SkyJet is designed to complement the Wings of Time show.
“The SkyJet is a powerful symbol to celebrate the resumption of tourism in Singapore as the country once again welcomes international visitors as a world-class tourist destination,” Bok said.
The bazaar’s International Food Street will feature seven F&B concepts featuring different types of food from around the world, such as lobster roll, chili con carne chicken quesadilla and shrimp gyozas.
Mr Bok said: “We have taken advantage of the lull in pandemic tourism (Covid-19) to re-imagine, pivot and transform our offering which basically only operated in the evening into one capable of delighting our customers day to night. . .
“It attracts both tourists and locals.”