Saturday, February 28, 2015

Checking Out Jenjarom Happy Village

After visiting Tanjung Sepat for the second time on Monday, my husband, Naomi and I tagged along my in-laws and some of our relatives to check out Jenjarom Happy Village later that day. Jenjarom Happy Village is actually an annual Chinese New Year Lantern Festival with Floral Exhibition held at Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom, located about an hour away from Seremban and 45 minutes' drive away from Tanjung Sepat.

 Welcome to Jenjarom Happy Village!

When my Sister and Bro-in-Law brought the idea of visiting this place, I imagined we were going to visit a famous touristy kind of temple similar to Kek Lok Si in Penang or maybe a typical Buddhist temple with some food bazaar to celebrate CNY. Turned out, the festival held at this temple was so much better than what I had in mind. This temple's impressive garden was huge, beautifully decorated and had food bazaar too.

The super tree groves are also available in Jenjarom. Lol.

I didn't regret spending my time to do some sightseeing at this place and enjoy the festival. From what I observed, people of all ages who came to visit this place did look like they had real good time and fun here. Adults admired the splendid beautiful gardens and colourful flowers (too bad my parents are not in Malaysia to enjoy this festival!). Kids enjoyed exploring the gardens and taking photos with the cute lanterns and probably the decorations around the temple as well.

These monk lanters can do electronic story-telling at certain hours.

The floral exhibition that this temple carries annually to celebrate CNY was remarkable and so were the cute lanterns that are displayed almost everywhere in the temple's massive garden. Too bad, this festival is not available all year long. To celebrate the Goat Year, the lantern festival and floral exhibition is only going to be showcased to public from 14th February until 8th March 2015.

 When Naomi sat still in her stroller.

For someone who hasn't had the chance to visit Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, like yours truly, visiting Jenjarom Happy Village has indeed partially satisfied my desire to visit that famous Singapore's icon. I had an awesome time enjoying the beauty of the flowers at the exhibition, especially the orchids, and took a lot of photos with them.

Wefie with the husband.

 Real orchids for sale. Price range is RM 250 - RM 1200++.

We arrived to this temple at around 4pm or 5pm. My Bro-in-Law purposely didn't recommend us to visit this temple in the afternoon because that day was scorching hot and the heat would surely make us and the kids dizzy. I think the temple would only turn the lanterns' lights at around 7pm or when the sky gets darker. More visitors would flood this place by evening as they look forward to see the lanterns festival at night. Although I am sure the view of the lanterns at night would be fantastic, dark background tends to look not so nice in photos. As such, I guess our decision to visit this place when the sun's still bright was correct. It's better to take some nice pictures with the pretty flowers and beautiful garden during the day.

 Aren't they beautiful?

When can I have an orchid garden like this? 

Moving on, as usual, Naomi was very active and hyper when we brought her to a place like this. She refused to sit quietly in her stroller when Mom and Dad took a stroll around the beautiful garden and floral exhibition. She ran around the garden non-stop, wanted to ride on the animal-shaped lanterns and pluck the flowers. It was very exhausting to chase her and keep up to her running pace. It was also quite frustrating to stop her doing all the mischievous things like plucking the flowers or riding the lanterns. If I am not mistaken, my husband and I circled some parts of the garden three times just to follow Naomi's routes. 

Naomi and the colourful wind wheels.

One of my favourite parts of the lantern festival was probably the Chinese Zodiac lanterns. They were so adorable. My husband, Naomi and I couldn't afford to miss our chance to take some photos with our Chinese Zodiac lanterns there!

 Dog year for my man.

 I was born in Rat Year.

Which dragon girl is cuter?
 The one I carry or the one in pink?

My husband and I decided to leave this temple earlier because we were drop dead tired that evening. Not to mention that my husband would still need to drive for about an hour to get home. We didn't manage to enjoy the food galore sold at their food bazaar and had dinner in Seremban instead.

What a day! Tiring but certainly happy and satisfied. I love sightseeing opportunity like this and won't mind coming to this place again when they hold their next festival!

Jenjarom Happy Village
Address: PT 2287, Jalan Sungai Buaya, 42600 Jenjarom, Kuala Langat, Selangor
Admission fee: Free of charge
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (14 February - 8 March 2015)

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