Frolic in a milk tea pearl pit at Singapore’s ‘bubble tea’ exhibit

Agence France-Presse
Frolic in a milk tea pearl pit at Singapore’s ‘bubble tea’ exhibit
The 'one-stop happy place' for bubble tea lovers features a pool of 100,000 purple pearls, milk tea-scented walls, and tea-flavored snacks

SINGAPORE, Singapore – Bubble tea fans can frolic in a pool of 100,000 plastic purple pearls, take photos on a bubble tea IV drip, and swing on a giant wrecking ball at a new exhibit in Singapore.

The Bubble Tea Factory experience was created by the El Masnou collective, and aims to be a “one-stop happy place” for visitors who love the tea-based beverage loaded with milk, sugar and tapioca pearls.

Originally from Taiwan, it is now popular across Asia – including in Singapore, which is home to over 37 bubble tea chains, according to the Straits Times newspaper.

Exhibit organizer Tan Weiting said people get “really passionate” about the drink.

“When I was in the office, people sitting behind me, they’re always discussing about bubble tea, what’s their favorite flavor, which store has the best pearls… they even start fighting over which one’s the best one,” said Tan.

The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday. It will run for about two months, and Tan is planning a tour around Asia. 

MILK TEA. An installation is displayed in The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore on October 15, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Music is played in the pastel-colored rooms and Tan partnered with a “scent vendor” to create fragrances throughout the exhibit. 

Visitors can get a whiff of pine while walking through an enchanted forest of illuminated straws, experience tea-scented trees, and sniff at a wall of flavors labeled “luscious”, “malty”, or “fresh”. 

The entry price of around Sg$24 ($17.50) includes a bubble tea and experimental tea-flavored snacks. –

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