KUALA LUMPUR – Every year when Chinese New Year draws near, shopping malls will begin to blast CNY songs and adorn their premises with festive decorations to usher in another prosperous year. Unfortunately, Suria KLCC shot themselves in the foot with their pagoda decoration in conjunction with CNY, which has since invited widespread scorn from Malaysians.
A viral Facebook post by Malaysia Shopping Mall showed a towering pagoda erected near Suria KLCC’s Park entrance, where netizens said that its structure looked like it was made up of paper products made specially to be burnt and offered for one’s ancestors during the Ching Ming Festival.
Ching Ming, also known as Qingming or “Tomb-Sweeping Day”, is a traditional Chinese festival dedicated to paying tribute to one’s origins and ancestors.
Many netizens were disgusted by the decoration, and they called the designers “lazy” and slammed them for not conducting enough research into the Chinese culture.
Some even asked whether Suria KLCC was planning to “open an outlet in heaven”.
Others were more sympathetic, believing that the decoration as a result of low budgeting.
Several netizens also posted photos of CNY decorations placed at other malls as a subtle hint for Suria KLCC to learn from them.
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In one other post that shows the pagoda-like structure with lights on at night, the page admin claimed that some of their fans think it looks fine at night, even though those who commented under the post did not seem entirely convinced.
Some think it resembles paper products for the Chinese Ghost Festival this way.
Check out what else they said about it here.
Does the pagoda look creepy to you too? What do you think about the CNY decorations this year? Tell us which shopping mall did it best in the comments!
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Editor: Sarah Yeoh