Light displays have been a part of historic entertainment for thousands of years. The Chinese invented fireworks and have been cited as using them as far back as 600 A.D as festivities. Throughout the seasons and all over the world, brilliant light displays take place from glittering glass lights to atmospheric ambiances. In our experience with providing lights to a number of industries, we’ve come across in our research some spectacular displays which we’d like to share with you.
Ranking in the position of third place in our estimation is a drive-through light display in Perth, Australia. This is a light show unlike any other, unique to itself. In Perth, instead of there being just one house decorated beautifully with lights, there are hundreds of houses, and each one has been carefully crafted for up to 200 hours each, and can take up to a week or more to complete. Perth is home to a whole host of different light displays and shows, but the drive-through lit estate topped any of them in beauty and performance.
Ranking in the position of second place is Seoul Plaza, In Seoul, South Korea. Seoul Plaza is a vibrant, oriental light display, each colour is carefully chosen to give a delicate effect. Seoul Plaza was reopened in 2004 with the notion of providing the people of Seoul with a beautiful space to relax in. In addition to installing a water tank beneath Seoul Plaza, there are also 48 lighting systems around the grass square. However, despite it’s majesty, Seoul Plaza has been subject to gatherings and protests against Imports of US Beef in South Korea.
Finally, ranking in first place is A Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, China. A Symphony of Lights is a stunning, synchronized light display produced using decorative light and lasers aimed toward the buildings and water, both sides of Vitoria Harbour are lit at approximately 8pm Hong Kong Time every night so long as the weather allows it.
The display in Victoria Harbour usually lasts from anything between 10 – 15 minutes. A Symphony of Lights has attracted up to 4 million visitors so far, and continues to attract tourists each year from across the globe.
There are a great deal more light displays out there that we could have mentioned, including natural displays such as Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights which can be seen across the Northern Hemisphere. The Aurora Borealis was actually named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek term for wind, Boreas. Other examples of displays that didn’t make it into our top three were Brussels, Belgium during the Plaisirsd’Hiver, Gothenburg, Sweden, during its Christmas season and Kobe, Japan.
Author: Simon Calvin, part of the marketing team at UK Christmas World in Barnsley is often found roaming the halls planning his own Christmas and seasonal events, without a care for the time of year.
Photo Credit: kenji ross (CC BY 2.0)
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