Frolic in a bubble tea ball pit at Singapore exhibit

Visitors sit inside the ‘pearls’ pool installation at The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic
Visitors sit inside the ‘pearls’ pool installation at The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic

SINGAPORE, Oct 16 ― 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 pop-up 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

An installation is displayed in The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic
An installation is displayed in The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic

Exhibit organiser 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 favourite flavour, 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.

A crew member walks through an installation at The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic
A crew member walks through an installation at The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic

Music is played in the pastel-coloured 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 flavours labelled “luscious”, “malty”, or “fresh”.

The entry price of around SGD$24 (RM73.35) includes a bubble tea and experimental tea-flavoured snacks. ― AFP

A visitor sits in an installation at The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic
A visitor sits in an installation at The Bubble Tea Factory experience created by the El Masnou collective during a preview in Singapore October 15, 2019. — AFP pic

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