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Singapore’s main attractions

I would like to share my opinion with you about must-see attractions in Singapore.

As I mentioned in the previous post, Singapore became my favorite city. Before the journey, I had an image of Singapore as a big, crowded, and dirty city with a lot of skyscrapers around. When I was looking at the city from the airplane’s window, I changed my mind quickly. This city surprised me. At the end of our trip, I only regret that we were there for 2 days because it was so short.

Below I described my must-see places in Singapore. If you want to add something, please share with me your opinion. It will be a pleasure to hear from you.

Marina Bay

I hesitated between two really outstanding places in Singapore, but finally, I decided that Marina Bay is the number one of all attractions in the city. Why? Because it is a showcase of Singapore and its the most spectacular part.

Marina Bay in Singapore
Marina Bay in Singapore

Here you can admire Marina Bay Sands, the luxury hotel with the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. Unfortunately, it is available only for guests. Many people recommend booking a room there to feel like a millionaire for a few days. It sounds great, but the prices are really high.

Marina Bay Sands and ArtScience Museum in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands and ArtScience Museum in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands

If you want to look out over Singapore and admire breathtaking views from Marina Bay Sands and don’t clean yourself out I recommend you Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. It is open from Monday to Thursday between 9.30 am and 10.00 pm and until 11.00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The ticket costs 23S$.

More information about Sands SkyPark Observation Deck you can find here: https://www.marinabaysands.com/attractions/sands-skypark.html

Next to Marina Bay Sands, you can notice a lotus-inspired building. It is an Artscience Museum. If you want to rest little or eat something you can visit The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Artscience Museum - Marina Bay
Artscience Museum – Marina Bay

From Marina Bay, you can see Singapore Flyer, one of the world’s largest Giant Observation Wheel, which has a 165 m of high. It is open daily from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm and the ticket price is 33S$.
For more information go to the official website: http://www.singaporeflyer.com

Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer

Beyond the river, opposite to Marina Bay Sands, there is the Merlion Park with the official symbol of Singapore – The Merlion. As I mentioned earlier it is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of fish. The original structure measures almost 9 meters tall and spouts water from its mouth. Unfortunately, during our trip, the Merlion statue was undergoing renovations, but in the park, you can meet also a little its version.

Gardens by the Bay

It is my second favorite place in Singapore which makes me feel like I’m in a magical world. If you are in Singapore, certainly you get there. It is the most popular attraction in the city.

Gardens by the Bay is an independent organization, which helps to develop and manage one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations. Their vision was the creation of a city in a garden with the perfect environment in which to live and work.

Gardens by the Bay lies close to Marina Bay, opposite to Marina Bay Sands. They consist of three distinctive waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central, but in my opinion, the first are the most beautiful.

Gardens by the Bay and a view of Marina Bay Sands
Gardens by the Bay and a view of Marina Bay Sands

If you want to get to the gardens directly, you can take a yellow or blue metro line and get off at Bayfront MTR station. Outdoors gardens are open daily from 5.00 am to 2.00 am. OCBC Skyway, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest operate daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm (the last admission is at 8.00 pm).

Admission to the outdoor gardens is free, but if you want to enter to Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, you pay 28S$. OCBC Skyway costs 8S$.

Would you like to find out more about Gardens by the Bay? Go to the official website: https://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Supertree Grove and OCBC Skyway

You can enjoy outstanding views from the 22-meter high OCBC Skyway, which connects 2 of these towering Supertrees. It is a 128-meter long aerial walkway, which provides unforgettable memories.

In Gardens by the Bay, there are 18 Supertrees, but 12 of them you can find at Supertree Grove. The tallest supertree measures up to 16 floors in height.

When dark falls, the Supertrees come to life and give for tourists a spectacular light and sound show named “Garden Rhapsody”. Come here at 7.45 pm or 8.45 pm and enjoy it.

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore by night
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore by night
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore by night
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore by night
OCBC Skyway
OCBC Skyway
Cloud Forest and Flower Dome

Except for OCBC Skyway and Supertree Grove, in Gardens by the Bay, you can find two Cooled Conservatories.

Enter the Cloud Forest and breath fresh mountain air. Explore the tropical highlands surrounded by amidst orchids, pitcher plants, and ferns. Discover the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 35 meters.

The Cloud Forest
The Cloud Forest

Step into the Flower Dome and wander amongst olive trees and unusual Baobabs and admire exotic plants from five continents which are displayed in nine different Gardens.

The Flower Dome
The Flower Dome
Baobabs in the Flower Dome
Baobabs in the Flower Dome

Chinatown

Get off at Chinatown MTR station and enjoy a magic climate this place.

Chinatown is a cultural and architectonical mixture. On the one hand, you can feel this characteristic Chinese climate, but on the other hand, you can see modernity in the shape of skyscrapers. It is a place where you can find a lot of stands with Chinese souvenirs, tourists wandering through the Chinatown streets, many restaurants where you can try a delicious cuisine. It is possible also to visit many temples. This place certainly surprises you.

I recommend you to discover Chinatown by getting lost through its streets. When you get hungry just go to Chinatown Food Street, where you find many restaurants which provide tasty and authentic local food. It is the most popular dining area in the locality.

Get lost through Chinatown streets
Get lost through Chinatown streets

As I mentioned earlier, in Chinatown you can visit many temples. The most popular is the Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu shrine, built in the Dravidian style. It was founded in 1827 by Naraina Pillai. It is open daily from 7.00 am to midday and from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

The Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown
The Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown

Another famous temple is Buddha Tooth Relic, a remarkable 5-floor temple. It lies in the heart of Chinatown. It is open daily from 9.00 am to 6.30 pm.

If you want to understand the history of Singapore’s Chinatown, you should visit the Chinatown Heritage Center. You find there a lot of photographs, artifacts, and recreations of the old Chinatown. You find out more about Singapore’s development, from the arrival of Chinese immigrants up to the last decade.

Little India

If you are in Singapore, don’t forget to visit Little India. Nowadays, it is one of Singapore’s most vibrant districts.

You can walk down Serangoon Road and neighboring streets, exploring Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches.

The most popular attraction in Little India is the Abdul Gafoor Mosque, dates back to 1859. The mosque has a unique architectural style of Southern Indian, Moorish, and Victorian influences.
Another famous attraction is the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, the 19th-century Hindu shrine.

On Kerbau Road, you can find the House of Tan Teng Niah, a colorful 2-floor villa dating back to 1900. It’s one of few remaining Chinese structures in Little India that were built during the colonialization of Singapore.

The House of Tan Teng Niah in Little India
The House of Tan Teng Niah in Little India

As well as in Chinatown, in Little India, you can try South Indian vegetarian food, North Indian tandoori dishes or local cuisine.

While you wander through Little India street, don’t forget to buy something in one of many stands with souvenirs, clothes, shoes, fruit or vegetables.

Little India street - Singapore
Little India street – Singapore

Singapore always will be one of my favorite places in the whole world. I hope to go there again.

Have you ever been to Singapore? What did you like the most? Which places do you recommend? Share with us!

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2 Comments

  • Raina

    Hi Aleksandra, your pictures are amazing. I love how details you are. This is so useful. Thank you very much.
    I read the essential and practical info about Singapore too. Awesome blog. keep up the good work.
    Have a great day!
    Take care

     

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