Top 20 Places To Visit In Singapore
Singapore is an amazing and beautiful tropical country with numerous attractions and places to visit. Choosing the best places to visit in Singapore can be a challenging task since there is something fascinating and unique in each place. However, we have tried to select the most amazing places you can visit in the country. Below are the Top 20 Places to Visit in Singapore.
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Universal Studios Singapore is located in the Resort World Sentosa and it is probably the top tourist attraction scenery in the country. The park is divided into seven themed parks ranging from ancient Egypt to Madagascar. The other 5 parks are the WaterWorld, The Lost World, Sci-fi, Hollywood and New York. Ancient Egypt is full of ancient mummies while The Lost World is home to dinosaurs. There are over 30 hotels, food courts and restaurants, 20 unique retail stores, museum-type exhibits as well as musical exhibitions and performances.
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Singapore cannot be described as a beach destination as such but for those who love beaches and making fun in the sun then Sentosa which is an offshore island is the place to be. Vivo City considered as one of the largest shopping centres in Singapore is built there and it gives one a chance to shop a little before taking a cable car to Sentosa. One can also catch a free bus to the island. Some of the fun activities to undertake in Sentosa include beach volleyball games, swimming, sight-seeing, sun tanning, skim-boarding, kayaking and many more. There is an Underwater World aquarium which allows one to swim alongside dolphins. Other attractions here include Universal Studios, Maritime Xperiential Museum, Festive walk, Tiger Sky Tower and Marine Life Park. The place is integrated with the Resort World and if you got an extra budget you can experience the hotels, casinos and golf resorts there.
Marina Bay Sands and Resort World Sentosa make up the Integrated Resort in Singapore. Although Marina Bay Sands started its operations in 2010, a few months after Resort World Sentosa, it has proved to be a favourite among tourists who visit Singapore. Marina Bay Sands is situated in Marina Bay area close to other Singapore icons such as Singapore Flyer, Esplanade and The Merlion statue. Marina Bay Sands offers several amenities under one roof. It has a casino, café, food kiosk, restaurant, sand sky park and hotel. For those who love shopping, Marina Bay Sands has unique world-class retailers and luxury shopping centres. In fact, it is the largest luxury shopping mall in the country.
Situated to the east of Singapore River and to the north of Kampong Glam, Little India is an enticing and colourful area which stands out because of its exotic aromas coming from restaurants, family kitchens and shops which sell all types of Indian goods. Most business signs are written in Tamil. The famous and busy Mustafa Centre is also found in Little India and it offers many designer and cheap things of the Indian cuisine. The centre is always open for 24 hours a day all year round and it is magnetic to serious shoppers throughout.
Gardens by the Bay is a large and colourful park that is part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” dream. Gardens by the Bay is located in downtown Marina Bay and it occupies about 110 hectares of land. It was crowned as the World Building of the Year at the Architecture Festival in 2012 for its amazing architecture. It is made up 3 waterfront gardens namely Bay Central, Bay East and Bay South. Garden by the Bay attracts tourists and visitors for its garden and horticulture artistry. It is a great destination for both kids and adults.
Although the centre was created as one of the fun ways to educate and awe children on the importance and wonders of science and technology, it also provides great experience for the whole family. The centre plays host to over 1000 interactive exhibits which includes the Aviation Gallery, the OmniMax Theatre, Snow City among others. The Aviation Gallery gives an account of how man was able to explore the skies while demonstrating the principles of flight at the same time. The OmniMax Theatre will offer you 3D Imax movies on topics ranging from the great pyramids to the amusing park rides to the moon and life there.
Chinatown is a small area on the Southern and Western side of the Singapore River. Singapore has many immigrants and ethnic enclaves, and Chinatown happens to be the biggest ethnic enclave. The area has experienced large-scale development and it has become home to numerous shops, food stalls and eateries. Its streets are always buzzing with shopkeepers, visitors and pedestrians. While visiting this place, visitors will see other attractions such as Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Maxwell Road Food Centre and Thian Hock Keng Temple- Singapore’s oldest temple.
This is an attraction site in its own class since it serves as both a leading research and conservation centre in Asia. It is an interesting place which you cannot afford to miss while in Singapore because it is the first night safari in the world. It is located in the Singapore Zoo which means visitors view large numbers of animals at night in their natural settings especially the nocturnal animals. The zoo has more than 59 exhibits with more than 1000 animal species to be seen. Most prolific animals to see include the Himalayan griffon vultures, wildebeests, gazelles, greater one-horned rhinoceroses among others. The Night Safari is open daily from 1930 hrs to midnight and it gives one a jungle feeling.
Set in a large rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo hosts over 2,500 species of animals from over 300 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. The park has both small and big animals from different parts of the globe and it is hailed as the first devoted orang-utan zoo in the world. Visitors can enjoy an outdoor feast at the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife, take photographs with the animals or enjoy fascinating animal presentations. Singapore Zoo is under the Singapore Wildlife Reserves and it serves as a wildlife rescue, research and healthcare center.
This is another exceptional attraction site which can’t miss in the top 20 places to visit in Singapore. It was recognized as the world’s largest fountain in 1998 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Situated at Suntec City, the fountain is lighted with dazzling lights at night and there is a laser show. Both the fountain and Suntec City are built according to Feng Shui principles. Five office blocks surround the fountain. They represent the fingers and thumb of a left hand. The fountain itself is made of silicon and is a symbol of a ring in the hands palm which shows wealth retention is guaranteed. Water is a symbol of wealth and life in the Chinese culture hence its inward movement at the fountain is a sign of wealth preservation for Suntec City.
This is serves as a Buddhist temple and a museum complex and is located at Chinatown’s district heart in Singapore. It is made up of four floors and among other things that you expect to find inside is a Buddha statue which is 27 foot long in the main hall. Also on the roof is a pagoda and one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teeth on fourth floor. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple building completion was achieved in 2007.
Clarke Quay is a riverside development that boasts of pumping nightclubs, bars, restaurants and boutique shops. The nightlife at Clarke Quay attracts numerous tourists and Singapore’s party-goers. Its location allows visitors to enjoy their meals at the eateries as they enjoy the picturesque view of the city’s main river.
This is the country’s longest pedestrian bridge constructed in 2010 to link up Marina Centre to Marina Bay. Its lighting at night has special effects which highlight the double helix structure. It is in the heart of Singapore and it stands out because of its unusual and spectacular structure plus its double helix shape where its name comes from.
A major attraction of the Marina Bay Sands apart from the resorts and monstrous towers is the ArtScience Museum which also is the first ArtScience museum of the world. It boasts of a unique building with the shape of a lotus flower in bloom. In the middle it is anchored by a round base and it has fingers (ten extensions) symbolizing a welcome gesture to visitors from the whole world.
Half-lion and half-fish, The Merlion is located at Marina Bay and it is a mythical symbol of Singapore. The body symbolizes Singapore’s past as a fishing village. The lion head symbolizes Singapura (original name of Singapore), which translates to “lion city” in Malay.
The statue offers visitors incredible views. It’s also a unique location to take photographs. The Merlin statue is a must- see and must-visit place in Singapore. Over 1 million tourists visit the iconic statue every year. Although the statue is the main attraction, there is a park where visitors can relax as they enjoy the surrounding.
Raffles Hotel history dates back to 1887 which makes it a major landmark in Singapore. It is a luxurious colonial style hotel whose famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Taylor and the late Michael Jackson the King of Pop music. Named after Sir Stamford Raffles the founder of Singapore, it has 18 distinctive bars and restaurants, features 103 suites and hosts an arcade which has over 40 stores and boutiques. It boasts of a refined setting provided by its tropical gardens and classical architecture which is also face to the varying and rich Singapore’s history.
It is nicknamed the Durian as it resembles the durian fruit. It is a performing arts theatre which was opened in 2002 officially. Situated in a six hectare waterfront land, the stunning building is an architectural icon. With its distinctive twin shells it hosts theatres, library and art galleries.
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The Singapore Flyer is the biggest giant observation wheel in the world. It is 150 meters wide, 165 meters high and it travels at a speed of 0.21 meters per second. Here, visitors get a lifetime experience as the wheel gives a 360 panoramic view of Singapore and a feel of the vibrant and colourful city. Visitors are able to see the colourful Marina Bay, the Padang, the Singapore River, Empress Place as well as Raffles Place.
Singapore is a well-known shopping destination and it’s no surprise that some visitors come to the country to shop only. Singapore is a world-class city known for its fashion and style. And Orchard Road is the place to start your shopping spree. Orchard Road boasts of retail stores, luxury boutique stores and department stores. There are over 6 department stores and about 22 shopping malls on Orchard Road. If you need to relax after a long day of shopping, you can visit any of the four movie theatres in the neighbourhood. You can also relax at one of the eateries on Orchard Road as you enjoy your favourite local or international cuisine.
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Singapore has a vision to be the “City in a Garden”. Although Singapore is highly developed, there is so much greenery in the city and Singapore Botanic Gardens happens to be the center of Singapore’s natural flowering grandeur. Singapore Botanical Gardens has a world-class botanical library and acres of diverse types of vegetation. The gardens attract tourists, naturalists as well as scholarly botanists from all over the world.
These are some of the fascinating places to visit in Singapore. There are many more places to visit in Singapore. The country offers something for everyone, no matter the age, gender or class. Luckily, the people of Singapore are friendly and welcoming to all visitors.