Chinese New Year is just around the corner and most places have already put up their decorations. As always, most decorations consist of the colour red, lanterns and symbols of prosperity. However, one place in particular caused a controversy with their decorations last week.
Suria KLCC received flak for their design choice this year. They’d apparently intended to make a decorative pagoda. Unfortunately, netizens claimed that the pagoda resembled Qing Ming decorations instead. Surprisingly, in an effort to make amends, the pagoda’s colours have changed overnight!
Suria KLCC may have attempted to be distinct, but netizens feel it was poorly done. From the comments, it seems most were taking an issue with the pagoda as it was made out of paper. Some pointed out that when it was lit up at night, the pagoda looked similar to paper houses meant to be burned for Qing Ming. A few have even claimed it looks like a columbarium.
However, not all comments were criticism. Some offered suggestions, such as changing the colour of the roof from green to yellow or blue-grey. Netizens explained that green was a colour for the temples and not suitable for a Chinese New Year pagoda.
Well, Suria KLCC has been listening and are supposedly trying to fix things. Last night (18th January), staff members were seen redecorating the pagoda in an attempt to make it look better. The red lanterns had been removed and piled up. They were also repainting the roof of the pagoda, changing its colour to a vibrant yellow.
Many netizens were disappointed and upset that the mall did not do thorough research before choosing a design. However, they are pleased that the management has taken their feedback positively.
It can’t have been easy, admitting they made such a huge mistake. Yet, we’re sure the mall has learned something from this controversy and will do better next time.
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