I had a night bicycle tour through here and it was absolutely jumping. It’s such a hub of beautiful flowers and colors and it never sleeps. There are showers of flowers. It’s so easy to get lost in the labyrinthine suburb that is this flower market. Go at night because although the markets never sleep, there are less tourists and the humidity isn’t as stifling. You’re likely to find some stunning fresh produce so don’t worry about packing your lunch. You’ll also find sweet Portuguese desserts and treats and plenty of exotic fresh fruit. It’s also interesting to see the spiritual elements, as this is a central depot for sourcing flowers for all the Buddhist shrines in the area. Throughout the night, the flowers just keep coming, in endless supply. Bouquets and decorations, each no different to the stall next door, each uniquely different to the one across the way.
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As an international tourist, I really enjoyed this place.
It’s an outdoor Catholic Church based in a cave that boasts the properties of Lourdes- that the natural springs that seep through the rocks have healing properties.
It’s a very holy place, and it’s very peaceful and tranquil. I went closer to the end time, so around dusk, when all the vendors were slowing down and the heat of the day had lessened. This gave the place a very eerie atmosphere, especially as it darkened through the trees and the candles in the cave around the Virgin Mary were lit. The fountains to taste the healing waters were flowing and the people who go there are less like tourists, and more like pilgrims. Apparently once a month there’s a cross-denominational and interfaith mass held, which really demonstrated to me just how this catholic church can unite through a sense of global peace and spirituality.