Whether you’re looking for a sunny beach accompanied with cocktail bars or are seeking out Asian temples and heritage sites, Singapore has got you covered.
The 52-year-old city state is one of the most diverse places to visit, with its population making up a vast spread of ethnicities as well as religious groups, the main ones being Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Hinduism. Singapore reflects its diversity through several local areas such as Arab Street, Chinatown and Little India that are dedicated to celebration of different cultural communities living in Singapore.
One of the must-see places in Singapore is the modern down-town area, rich in skyscrapers and heritage sites. Singapore’s landmark and national personification, the Merlion, is located in the middle of this district. The mythical creature features the head of a lion, due to Singapore’s original name, Singapura, which means lion city and the body of a fish because the shiny city once originated from a fishing village.
Another of Singapore’s most iconic buildings, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel (the structure being a ship placed upon three tall hotel towers), is also situated downtown. A stay at this 5-star hotel is worth the money as Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands is famous for the extremely Instagram-worthy infinity pool situated on the 57th floor, which lets you admire the city’s skyline and the marina below you. Go downstairs and you will enter one of the most luxurious malls Singapore has to offer, and make sure to stop at Din Tai Fung for some of the best dumplings in town.
Another eye-catching building along the marina is Singapore’s ArtScience Museum, which is modelled after a lotus flower. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie the sustainable museum building represents ‘Singapore’s welcoming hand’ with ten extensions stemming from the building’s round base alluding to ten ‘fingers’. Containing 21 gallery spaces the ArtScience museum often hosts world-famous exhibitions and is worth a visit.
Gardens of the Bay is another spectacular sight in Singapore. Containing more than one million plants and being the world’s 20th most checked-in place on Facebook this picturesque nature park spans over 250 acres in the Marina Bay area. At night the impressive ‘Supertrees’ (25 meters tall vertical gardens in the shape of a tree) are illuminated during a (free) light show. There are two energy efficient and sustainably built conservatories within this nature park, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.
For the best panorama view of Singapore and Sentosa Island a cable car ride leaving from Mount Faber, one of Singapore’s oldest parks, is the best choice. Sentosa is a famous leisure destination for its beaches, waterparks and the Universal Studios entertainment park.
The Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo is another highly recommended attraction. It consists of a guided tram ride, animal shows and close encounters with night-active animals.
Chinatown’s Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is another great spot to visit. There, Buddha’s tooth relic found during 1980 in Myanmar, is on display.