Singapore is an Island country in the southeast Asia region. The country is best known for its unique gardens, which are a popular tourist attraction. It has a tropical rainforest climate with unpredictable temperatures. It is home to many people from different cultures and religions, who live together here. Singapore is a clean and secure city and it has some of the most popular attractions such as the Marina Bay Sands, which has posh hotels, the Sentosa, where you can visit the Palawan Beach, Universal Studios, which has a TV-themed amusement park, and China Town, where you can sample Chinese cuisines, street food and you can also grab yourself a souvenir. Keep reading to find out more about the must-visit places in Singapore.
1. Singapore City Gallery
The Singapore City Gallery is a three-story building located between the Central Business District and China Town. It is home to a number of model replicas providing tourists, both local and international, a scope of Singapore central area. The gallery was built in 1999 and is currently being managed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The gallery is the only building that narrates the country’s planning efforts with over 50 interactive expositions and 10 thematic areas. An architectural model of Singapore’s central is displayed at the gallery which measures 11 meters by 10 meters in size.
Singapore City Gallery
Address: 45 Maxwell Rd, The URA Centre, Singapore 069118
Website: Singapore City Gallery
Open hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
2. Changi Museum
This museum is devoted to showcasing Singapore’s history during the Japanese invasion and the Second World War. A collection of over 400 sketches and paintings was donated to the museum by William Hayworth’s wife, who was Singapore’s treasury chief investigator of the war risk insurance department when the war broke out. The museum also showcases a collection of Mary Angela Bateman watercolor paintings. She was among the prisoners held at Changi prison during the world war. The museum is divided into five sections showcasing different exhibits, which are Wartime Artists, Changi Prison, Storyboards, End of War and Changi Murals.
Address: 1000 Upper Changi Rd N, Singapore 507707
Website: Changi Museum
Open hours: 9:30am - 5pm (daily)
3. National Museum of Singapore
Before being converted into a prestigious museum, the National Museum of Singapore was a library section called The Raffles Library and Museum. The museum is currently considered as the oldest museum in the country, showcasing Singapore’s history and events that took part during that time. On December 2, 2006, it was reopened after a being closed down for three and a half years so that it could be restored back to its glory. Currently, there are eleven valuable exhibits that are showcased at the museum that shows Singapore’s history.
National Museum of Singapore
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Website: National Museum of Singapore
Open hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)
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4. Botanic Gardens
The Agri-horticulture society founded the Botanic Garden in 1859. This 158-year-old garden is the only tropical garden to be considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It had an important role in the rubber trade. The garden is also home to the National Orchid Garden with a collection of 3,000 different species of orchids. The Botanic Garden has a 6-hectare (15-acre) tropical rainforest, making Singapore one of the two major cities featuring a tropical rainforest within its borders. Halia Restaurant can be found within the garden, as well as Orchidarium, a VIP Orchid Garden, Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse, Burkill Hall, Coolhouse among others.
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Website: Botanic Gardens
Open hours: 5am - 12am (daily)
5. Former Ford Factory
On 15 February 1942, the British forces surrendered to the Japanese forces after the battle of Singapore at the Old Ford Motor Factory. In 2006, it became a National Monument, then, later on, converted into an exhibition gallery. The factory was the first vehicle assembly and construction plant in the Southeast Asia region. Currently, the former Ford factory has exhibitions of the last battles fought at Pasir Panjang and life under Japanese rule. There is a reconstructed tunnel with expositions showing events that took place before the fall and rise of Singapore.
Former Ford Factory
Address: 351 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588192
Website: Former Ford Factory
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 5:30pm (closed on Mon)
6. Gardens by the Bay
This nature park sits on 250 acres (101 hectares) and it has three waterfront gardens. The Bay South Garden is the largest garden of the three, occupying 130 acres (54 hectares) and it has the largest glass flower dome greenhouse. The garden was opened in phases, the first being opened in October 2011. The Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome and the two conservatory complexes located at the edge of Marina Reservoir were designed by Wilkinson Eyre with the main intention of showcasing an energy sufficient building not only for entertainment but also for educational purposes.
Gardens by the Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Website: Gardens by the Bay
Open hours: 5am - 2am (daily)
7. Singapore Flyer
The construction of the Singapore Flyer took two and a half years and once it was completed, it was officially opened to the public on 15th April 2008. The first paying passengers to have the privilege to be carried on the Flyer for the first time was before the official opening on 11th February 2008. Standing at an approximate height of 541 feet (165 meters), it has a total of 28 capsules that can carry 28 passengers. The Flyer is built along the Marina Promenade on an expansive piece of land.
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
Website: Singapore Flyer
Open hours: 8:30am - 10:30pm (daily)
Tip from Trip101 local expert
The best time to take the Singapore Flyer Flight Experience is around the sunset timing (6pm+). What i enjoyed best is the panoramic views of the Central Business District, Marina Bay landscape during the sunset hours where you can see the gradually lights up of the Marina Bay and beyond filled with heavy traffics. The photos I shared here were the unique Lo Hei inflight capsules dining experience that I had at the Singapore Flyer during the Lunar Chinese New Year (CNY). Lo Hei or Yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. This year 2020 Lunar Chinese New Year season falls from 25 January 2020 to 8 February 2020. During this 15 days CNY period, if you are travelling to Singapore, do try the Yusheng. It is the yearly Chinese culture here, to gather together and toss to prosperity and good health.
8. Singapore Zoo
The zoo was first opened on June 27th, 1973, and it was formally called Singapore Zoological Gardens before being renamed to The Singapore Zoo. This magnificent Zoo sits on a 69.2-acre (28-hectare) well-secured and protected piece of land within the lush forested area. Each animal species is kept in specific landscaped enclosures with dangerous animals placed in a grass-fronted enclosure. The zoo is home to a number of different species of animals and is a sanctuary to a total of 53 of the species kept here.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Website: Singapore Zoo
Opening hours: 8:30am - 6pm (daily)
This Island resort is located off the southern Singapore coast. It was once a Japanese prisoner of war camp and a British military base. In 1972, the island was renamed Sentosa and became an attraction site and a tourist destination. It has a 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) long beach and it is home to several popular sites such as the Resort World Sentosa, the Merlion, Universal studio Singapore theme park, and two golf courses. Some of the beaches that can be found here include Palawan Beach, Tanjong Beach, and Siloso Beach.
Address: Sentosa, Singapore
10. Clarke Quay
This historical riverside quay is located within the River Planning Area in Singapore. A number of renovated warehouses were restored and transformed into some of the most popular nightclubs and restaurants. If you are a party animal or you just want to have a night full of fun and get loose, then this is the place to visit. At night, the place lights up and introduces a new face for you to explore. The area is also popular for its buzzing nightlife and dazzling lights as well as a number of unique restaurants serving some of the best cuisines in the country.
Address: 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Website: Clarke Quay
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)
Tip from Trip101 local expert
It is best to visit Clarke Quay after 5pm to enjoy the Singapore River BumBoat Cruise and the nightlife. For the adventurers, do try the GX-5 EXTREME SWING & TRAMPOLINE BUNGY if you dare to.
For Crabs or seafood lovers, you should visit Jumbo Seafoods @ The Riverwalk ( Address: 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-48, The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416. Tel : 6534-3435). This is my yearly regular seafoods restaurant that i had my Crab-licious Seafoods fix. I always ordered their Award Winning Singapore Chilli Crabs with Fried Mantou or Signature Black Pepper Crabs (SGD98 per kg for Sri Lanka Crabs). Their crabs are fresh and meaty. Another dish you should order is the Homemade Vegetables Beancurd Braised with fresh mushrooms (SGD14). The Beancurd is soft and silky.
Get to know Singapore
With a number of attractive places to visit all offering a new and exciting experience, you will have an educational and fun trip to Singapore. Your day will be filled with exciting and fulfilling activities to do and you will get to enjoy some of the best and captivating views in Singapore.
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