12 Famous Buildings In Singapore - Updated 2021

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Annelene
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Uncover the alluring and magical charm of Singapore. Blink, and you might miss the sheer wonder of Singapore as this ever-changing island country is a display of futuristic architecture, historical nuances and a plethora of natural beauty to behold. As the sun goes down in a burst of warm sunset hues, the night comes alive in an electrifying showcase of bright lights, a vibrant nightlife and an impressive illuminated cityscape. Meander through the bustling streets and explore every nook and cranny of Singapore and find hidden treasure in the city from quaint cafes, swanky restaurants, street food vendors and historical buildings. Singapore is a melting pot of diverse cultures and traditions. As the skyline of the future, Singapore is a treasure trove of architectural wonders where ancient wonders stand alongside the cutting-edge designs of modern buildings creating a unique and enthralling skyline. While you’re here, book a stay at a luxury escape or keep the fun going at one of the best party hotels in the city. Read on to unlock the famous buildings in Singapore that you should add to your bucket list when you visit.

1. Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands in the evening - 20101120
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The Marina Bay Sands is one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore and prominently towers over this fast-paced city. The hotel boasts the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool with unrivalled views of the celestial skyline and cityscape of Singapore. It’s best experienced at night as you gaze upon glittering skyscrapers and bright city lights. There are luxurious poolside lounges which guests are encouraged to relax on while sipping on a glass of champagne. The Marina Bay Sands is an entertainment hub in its own right. This famous Singapore building offers a wide selection of luxury retail options for the avid shopper, enjoy a musical at the Sands Theatre or marvel at the outdoor acts at the Event Plaza. There is something for everyone and every age, kids can enjoy the ArtScience Museum which plays hosts to a myriad of exhibitions.

Marina Bay Sands

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

Website: Marina Bay Sands

Read more about our detailed guide to Marina Bay Sands here >>

2. The Arts House

Arts House
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This colonial building was once home to the Parliament of Singapore, and it was also used as a courthouse. Besides that, the discovery of archaeological evidence dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries makes it an important historic site. Back in 2004, it re-opened as The Arts House and now serves as a heritage center where musical performances, art exhibits, and other events take place. From Raffles Place or City Hall MRT, this building is only a 10-minute walk away.

The Arts House

Address: 1 Old Parliament Ln, Singapore 179429

Website: The Arts House

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

3. Golden Mile Complex

Golden Mile Complex 4, Aug 07
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Part of the Singapore government’s urban renewal project, Golden Mile Complex may not be as lavish as other buildings in the city, but it’s just as noteworthy due to its architectural design. From Nicoll Highway where the front entrance is facing, the building resembles a typewriter, and the bright yellow columns make it even more noticeable from a distance. Inside the commercial space, there are 411 shops. This area is largely known for being an ethnic enclave for Singapore’s Thai population, so you’ll find plenty of Thai restaurants, shops, and clubs.

Golden Mile Complex

Address: 5001 Beach Rd, Singapore 199588

Website: Golden Mile Complex

4. ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore - 20111106
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The ArtScience Museum is a harmonious fusion of art and science playing hosts to a changing line of exhibitions. Dive into the underwater wonder world and uncover the treasure of the sea by visiting “The Deep” exhibition while history buffs will enjoy “The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World.” The design of the museum is a blend of cutting edge design and ingenuity symbolising the welcoming hand of Singapore with 10 fingers. Each of the 20 fingers allows natural light to filter through the building. The museum houses 21 galleries spaced out over 3 storeys.

ArtScience Museum

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Website: ArtScience Museum

5. Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
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Be captivated by the sheer grandeur of the Esplanade which is a world-class performing centre playing host to over 3000 performances yearly. The Esplanade has housed a myriad of dance, music and theatre performance as well as visual arts exhibitions and so much more. The Esplanade is fitted with 7000 triangular aluminium sunshades and is shaped as two rounded glass domes. The locals call this “The Durian” as it is said to resemble the indigenous spiky tropical fruit. There is a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and shops at this iconic building in Singapore, which travellers can also visit.

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

Website: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

6. National Gallery

National Gallery Singapore - Joy of Museums - External
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Marvel at the public collection of modern art and learn about the art scene in Singapore and Southeast Asia by paying a visit to the National Gallery. The National Gallery opens its doors to visitors of all ages. This gallery is housed in two national monuments which are the former Supreme Court and City Hall. The National Gallery is a celebration of Singapore’s rich heritage and geographic location.

National Gallery

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957

Website: National Gallery

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Quan Mei
Posted on: Aug 13, 2019
Head to the roof garden and rooftop terrace for a free bird’s eye view of the Padang, National Gallery’s iconic dome structure and the Marina Bay area (MBS, Esplanade). You can also enjoy the view over some drinks at Smoke & Mirrors at the rooftop.

7. The Interlace

The Interlace
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Stand in awe of the architectural wonder which is The Interlace. The Interlace is a unique, artful arrangement of residential blocks. The apartment blocks have been stacked haphazardly and are unusual but appealing to the eye. Some of the apartments in this block boast roof gardens, sky terraces and balconies with scenic patios. The building is located atop a hill and is surrounded by unspoiled nature. Within the Interlace, there are little pockets of paradise as it boasts with picturesque outdoor courtyards like the Spa Valley which features a spa pool lagoon, waterfall grotto, massage pool and much more. It is however, private property after all, so if you’d like to see it up close and personal, you’ll need to have a friend already living inside.

The Interlace

Address: 180–226 Depot Road, Singapore

8. Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Victoria Theatre Singapore and lawn
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This architectural splendour of this building in Singapore is entrenched in history, and it’s one of the oldest structures in the country. Established way back in 1862, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and play host to spectacular performances. The essence of the past is captured in the design and décor of the building and travellers are transported and experiences the old-world charm of this building from the moment guests step foot inside.

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

Address: 9 Empress Pl, Singapore 179556

Website: Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall

9. Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple - Singapore
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Located in the heart of Chinatown in Singapore, you will find the gem of the Sri Mariamman Temple. This temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple and is teeming with charm and character. The Sri Mariamman Temple is an exquisite display of colour and an elaborately carved 6-tiered tower. The essence of the exterior is followed through in the interior which is just as colourful with the walls and ceiling adorned with bright paintings.

Sri Mariamman Temple

Address: 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793

Website: Sri Mariamman Temple

10. The Fullerton Hotel

Aerial photographs of The Fullerton Hotel of Singapore at night
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Stand in awe of the magnificent beauty of the iconic Fullerton Hotel. The sheer grandeur of this National Monument is a sight to behold and is a journey into the heart of Singapore’s heritage. Built in 1928, The Fullerton Hotel is a grand neoclassical landmark which was once home to Singapore’s General Post Office, The Exchange Room, The Prestigious Singapore Club and the Exchange Reference Library. The building is entrenched in rich history and has been converted into a stunning hotel with 400 lavish rooms. Incorporate history and luxury with a visit and stay at The Fullerton Hotel.

The Fullerton Hotel

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

Website: The Fullerton Hotel

11. St. Andrew's Cathedral

St Andrew's Cathedral Exterior - Singapore
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Step back in time and unravel the architectural beauty of St. Andrew’s Cathedral which is the largest cathedral in Singapore. St. Andrew’s Cathedral is an elaborate display colonial-era architecture and heritage and was once used as an emergency hospital during World War II. Take a walk through the halls of this landmark which is a celebration of the past and a memorial to the lives lost as a result of the war.

St. Andrew's Cathedral

Address: 11 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178959

Website: St. Andrew’s Cathedral

12. Chijmes

Chijmes in Singapore
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Enjoy the timeless enchantments when you visit the neoclassical wonder of the Chijmes. The charm of this landmark is revealed in the well-maintained garden, the marble waterfalls and the beautiful courtyard. There is a selection of restaurants and cafes in Chijmes for guests to visit. Chijmes is a peaceful oasis and an appreciation for beautiful architecture from the capitals at the top of each chapel column, each is a unique impression of tropical birds or flowers. It was once an orphanage and now is home to one of the sought after nightspot for locals and tourists.

Chijmes

Address: 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996

Website: Chijmes

Beauty of Singapore

Singapore Skyline
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Explore the beauty of Singapore revealed in the splendour of its out-of-this-world skyline, complemented by traditional buildings and their own unique charm — it’s like stepping in and out of time. Be sure to check out some of these famous structures in Singapore on your next visit here.

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Annelene is a marketing graduate with a zest for life and a passion for travel. She believes these things help bring new perspective, introduce new cultures and educate us about life.

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