Out with the old, in with the new!
We’ve got a list of must-visit places in Singapore that, although most may not offer you an oriental feel, will definitely surprise you with their Asian sophistication.
Marina Bay Sands
A highlight of Singapore, the tourist destination features a sky park supported by three elegant cascading hotel towers. It overlooks the Marina Bay waterfront and comprises branded retail stores, celebrity chef restaurants, theatres and a casino.
Gardens by the Bay
The nature park offers a beautiful scenery of greenery and flowers in such an organized arrangement. Visitors can enjoy getting lost in a maze of nature while coming across fine sculptures along the path.
It is no surprise that the park is a must-visit destination being suitably named after the country’s icon! The statue of the mythical lion-fish creature is a global landmark that beautifully displays the history of Singapore in the centre of all its modernism.
Definitely a playground for the history buffs, the stretch of land invites visitors on a walk down memory lane of Singapore’s history, architecture and cultural heritage. Marvel at the restored buildings of the past, be inspired by the well-planned urbanization, and pay respect to the fallen heroes of the memorial site.
Have money you’d love to splash? Turn onto Orchard Road – the shopping paradise with luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Zara. A landmark of humble beginnings, what was once a fruit orchard and mainly agricultural land is now a favourite shopping and dining spot – with Tangs’ department store being the longest standing and start of it all.
A man-made resort island located just off the south coast dedicated to fun and recreation. It is home to the third largest aquarium where visitors can find the unique giant oceanic manta ray. Packed with family-friendly attractions, they include Sentosa 4D Adventureland, Dolphin Island, Wave House Sentosa and Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom. For adults looking for some relaxation, there are the tranquil Tanjong Beach and dining and leisure abundant Siloso Beach to choose from.
Universal Studios Singapore (USS)
Another attraction on Sentosa Island, it is the first Universal Studio in Southeast Asia featuring 7 themed zones full of rides, shows and attractions. Visitors that stay until later in the evening can enjoy a parade of dancers and floats, join in some musical rhythm of bands, and watch an exciting show of fireworks.
Katong and Joo Chiat
And here’s an exception – Peranakan culture at its finest! The row of shophouses are an insight into the Straits Chinese and Eurasian cultures and heritages. Still well in operations, the stores and restaurants reminiscent to traditional Singapore is where one can easily find a bowl of nostalgia.
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