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Top 15 MUST See Places in Singapore

Singapore is one of South East Asia’s most affluent city. While costs are significantly higher than the rest of Southeast Asia, a lot of people continue to visit Singapore because of its unique and top-notch attractions that cater to almost every type of traveler. Singapore maybe small but it has a lot to offer and choosing the best attractions is not easy, but here is a list of 15 must see places in Singapore that will surely make your trip a memorable one. I have divided the list to four categories: (1) Leisure and Entertainment (2) Site Seeing:  History, Culture and Heritage (2) Shopping, Nightlife and Food hunt (3) Garden and Nature.  Let’s begin.

 LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

1. Merlion Park

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Merlion Park is the first attraction you must see in Singapore. Why? Because Merlion is more than just a statue – its Singapore’s national symbol!  It is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and a fish’s body.  The body symbolizes Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village while the head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay.   This structure  was built in 1972 at One Fullerton,  near the Central Business District (CBD).  Although the 70-tonne, water-spouting Merlion is the main focal point, you can also relax on the terraced seating area, which boasts some great views across the water to Marina Bay Sands.

Address: One Fullerton Singapore

2. Marina Bay Sands

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The Marina Bay Sands first opened in 2010, and set the record for being the most expensive building in the world. This integrated resort is complete with high end hotel, casino, a shopping mall, museums, theaters, an ice skating rink and an infinity swimming pool on the Skydeck – a vantage point for taking in the entire city.

  • Observation deck hours: Mon-Thur 9:30 am-10 pm; Fri-Sun 9:30 am-11 pm
  • Admission: S$23 dollars for adults, S$20 for seniors, S$17 for children aged 2-12
  • Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
  • Official site: http://www.marinabaysands.com/index.html

3. Singapore Flyer

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If the observation deck at the Marina Bay Sands doesn’t quite do it for you, try the Singapore Flyer then – the world’s largest giant observation wheel. Opened in 2008, this giant Ferris wheel  reaches over 541 feet (165 meters) and offers a view that is simply incredible, to say the least! Each car can hold around 28 people, perfect for accommodating large groups. You can eat, drink, and be merry, while being on top of the world.  The flight last 30 minutes each and run from early morning until late at night, so you can choose which view of the city you want to enjoy: the beginning of another bustling day or when Singapore is aglow after dark. As long as you don’t have a fear of heights, you must check out the Flyer!

  • Hours: 8 am-10:30 pm
  • Admission: S$33 for adults, S$21 for children aged 3-12, S$24 for seniors
  • Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore
  • Official site: http://www.singaporeflyer.com/

4. Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay is a park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir.  The construction of the park is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

This multi-award winning horticultural park is consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden with the supertree as the main attraction.

  • Hours: 5 am-2 am for outdoor gardens; 9 am-9 pm for conservatories and OCBC Skyway
  • Admission: Free for outdoor gardens; S$28 for adults, S$15 for children for conservatories; S$5 for adults, S$3 for children for OCBC Skyway
  • Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore
  • Official site: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html

5. Sentosa Island

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Since the 1980s, Sentosa Island has developed rapidly into a tourist area with many man-made attractions like the Underwater World aquarium where you can swim with dolphins, Wax Museum, Songs of the Sea, Butterfly Park, hotels and recently the opening of Resorts World Sentosa. Fort Siloso, the country’s only preserved fort, is also located on Sentosa Island. Adventurous types will want to check out The Flying Trapeze and the Sea Breeze Water-Sports at Wave House, where you can try your hand at flying strapped to a water-propelled jet pack.

  • Opening Times:Daily 0900-1900, though some attractions run as late as 2200.
  • Admission Fees:Yes
  • Address:Sentosa Island, Singapore
  • Telephone:+65 6736 8672.
  • Website:com.sg

6. Universal Studios Singapore

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If you are looking for a world class entertainment full of adrenaline-pumping rides and experiences for all ages, Universal Studios Singapore is the place to visit.  Open to public in March of 2011, it is the first Hollywood movie theme park in Southeast Asia.  It occupies the easternmost part of the 49-hectare (120-acre) Resorts World on Sentosa Island.  Universal Studios Singapore is divided into 7 zones, Madagascar, the Palace of Far Far Away from the world of Shrek was the first in the world, The Lost World where you can find a world of dinosaurs and Waterworld, Ancient Egypt – a world full of ancient Egyptian mummies, Sci-fi – a futuristic city and the last two zones of the theme of a famous city in America that is Hollywood and New York.  There are also over 30 restaurants and food carts, together with 20 unique retail stores and carts located around the park.

 

SHOPPING, NIGHT-LIFE AND FOOD HUNT

7. Chinatown

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Chinatown is Singapore’s cultural heart, providing subtle glimpses of the old ways with its numerous temples and decorated terraces. From the small mom-and-pop stores and authentic Chinese food to the bright red lanterns, there’s an excitement and hustle in this district. You can explore the Chinatown Heritage Centre which occupies three restored shop houses on Pagoda Street. This museum reveals the lives of early migrants to Singapore who came from China to settle in Chinatown.

You can also pay a visit to the beautiful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple and Buddha Tooth Relic temple which originates from the Tang dynasty, in terms of structure. It is said that the relic of Buddha was found in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar in 1980, hence the name of the temple. If you’re up early enough, you can hear the morning drum ceremony. Or you can just check out the closing ceremony in the evening after viewing the relic. Heritage markers have been installed throughout the neighborhood in English, Japanese, and simplified Chinese so visitors can better understand the significance of the area. But this neighborhood is not just a testament to the influence of the Chinese throughout Singapore’s past. This is a progressive neighborhood and its home to the trendy Ann Siang Hill area, where the quaint bistros and upscale boutiques can be found.

  • Opening Times:Daily 24 hours; Mon-Thu 1700-2300, Fri-Sat 1700-0100 (Smith Street and Chinatown Food Street stalls)
  • Admission Fees:No
  • Address:Chinatown, Singapore, 059962, Singapore
  • Website:sg

8. Little India and Arab Street

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The Indian community has a rich history in Singapore, and this enclave dates back more than 200 years. Today, the neighborhood is a thriving, colorful place where traditional holidays are celebrated, and visitors can observe worship and activity at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple or purchase saris while mingling with local vendors.

Singapore’s Little India district is a fascinating place to visit. You can find lots of new things here. Start with the famous Mustafa Centre, a market that stays open day and night all year round, this neighborhood is a magnet not only for serious shoppers but for those who love Indian cuisine, you’ll be dizzy with the choices available.

9. Orchard Road

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If you’re in the mood to do some shopping, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to Orchard Road. This  area is a great place to start a shopping spree, as there are high-end stores at every turn. You’d expect nothing less from a neighborhood that boasts 22 malls and six department stores. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the selection of international designer labels, mid-market brands and concept stores available! Popular shopping malls down that strip are Ngee Ann City, The Paragon, Centrepoint, Wheelock Place and Wisma Atria. There are also four movie theaters, including an IMAX, and a KTV karaoke. If you get hungry while burning through all that cash, there are plenty of eateries in the neighborhood serving international cuisines.

10. Clarke Quay

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Clarke Quay was named after Singapore’s second governor, Sir Andrew Clarke. It was the “center of commerce during the 19th century,” Clarke Quay lives up to its legacy as a busy hub. Today this delightful riverside development is packed full of bustling bars and restaurants, boutique shops and pumping nightclubs making this a real bar-hoppers’ heaven, attracting a steady stream of tourists alongside Singapore’s party youngsters.

River taxis and cruises also depart from here. Its location takes full advantage of the picturesque body of water that emerges from the city’s main river. A great view for a romantic dinner date.

 

SIGHT SEEING:  HISTORY, CULTURE AND HERITAGE 

11. Asian Civilizations Museumamuseum

If the Raffles Hotel and Fort Canning Park haven’t sated your taste for colonial architecture, check out the Asian Civilization Museum, it is well worth a visit. It was constructed in 1865 and built in the Neo-Classical style, and was named for Queen Victoria. Spanning over 14,000 square meters, the museum houses 10 thematic galleries filled with over 1,600 artifacts that showcase the story of Asia.

  • Opening Hours: Monday 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Address: 1 Empress Pl, Singapore
  • Official site: http://www.acm.org.sg/home/home.html

12. National Museum of Singapore

singapore_nationalmuseumbuildingNational Museum of Singapore is Singapore’s oldest museum with the spirit of innovation of the youngest and most innovative. Designed to be a public museum, the National Museum of Singapore prides itself with a sophisticated and diverse museum introduces ways of presenting history to redefine conventional museum experience. More than just a room for exhibitions and artefacts, the Museum will also distinguish itself through a challenging and vibrant festivals and events that will enhance creative power in the culture and heritage. National Museum was designed in Neo-Palladian and Renaissance style and consists of two rectangular parallel blocks, with a dome at the front of the building.

  • Opening Times:Daily 1000-1800.
  • Admission Fees:Yes
  • Address:93 Stamford Road, Singapore, 178897, Singapore
  • Website:sg

GARDEN AND NATURE

13. Botanic Gardens

IMG_20150204_174036Nature lovers will simply adore the beautiful outdoor environment of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Not to be confused with the Gardens on the Bay, the botanic gardens are also worth a visit. Singapore received its first UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the botanic gardens, and with good reason. The city can sometimes feel like a concrete jungle, albeit a clean and comfortable one, but the botanic gardens preserve pieces of Singapore’s wilder heritage. Indeed, you can visit the gardens’ heritage trees via walking trail, which are conserved as part of an effort to protect the city’s mature tree species. Make sure to visit the impressive National Orchid Garden – hilly three-hectare site has a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. Other attractions include an eco-garden, eco-lake, bonsai garden, sculptures, and several other gardens and unique sites.

  • Hours: Daily 5 am-midnight
  • Admission: Free (some attractions may have an admission fee)
  • Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore
  • Official site: http://www.sbg.org.sg/

 

14. Singapore Zoo

01 Singapore Zoo (Large)Singapore Zoo is one of the major tourist attractions in Singapore is it in fact a pretty impressive place. The facility is clean and inviting, and the animals appear well treated with plenty of lush vegetation and habitat space. This zoo has a different concept from other zoos. With open cages, all animals can live like in their natural habitat. You will see lions under a grove of trees, polar bears and Pygmy Hippos. Other attractions that are not less interesting is the Australian Outback, Fragile Forest and the Great Rift Valley. As a place of public entertainment, this zoo is also a vehicle for educating the visitors about the ecosystem and culture of tropical rain forests.

Allow at least three hours to make your way around the zoo. If the zoo doesn’t satisfy your need for getting close to wildlife, there’s also the Night Safari, River Safari (including a giant panda forest), and the Jurong Bird Park. Park hopper passes are available if you plan to visit more than one of the wildlife parks.

  • Hours: 8:30 am-6 pm
  • Admission: S$28 for adults, S$18 for children aged 3-13, S$12 for seniors
  • Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore
  • Official site: http://www.zoo.com.sg/

15. Pulau Ubin (Granite Island)

11_1For a look at what life in Singapore was like before it was all glamor and skyscrapers, visit Granite Island. The National Parks department calls a trip here a “throwback to Singapore in the 1960s,” where people live in simple villages (the last in the country) and farming and fishing are still a way of life.

Pulau Ubin is a great place for cycling and outdoor activities. Travel by bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Explore the beaches and mangrove areas on your own or take a guided tour of the island. This island has animals and plants that are already extinct in many parts of the world.

It is really an amazing place to visit, believe me, just do it!

Do you want to add something in the list? Comment in the section below and I might add it if it is really interesting!

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Happy travels!

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4 comments on “Top 15 MUST See Places in Singapore

  1. carliejade13
    October 30, 2015

    I only had a couple of days in Singapore but would love to go back and explore even more. The “breakfast at the zoo” option allows you to get closer to the orangutans – the babies are so adorable!

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    • Ynah CA
      October 31, 2015

      Hi Carliejade, thats awesome! Glad you had a great time. Singapore zoo is really something worth seeing. I enjoyed my stay too 🙂

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  2. fromdreamtoplan
    June 17, 2016

    I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore and after reading this post and seeing your pics I’m even more motivated! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    http://www.fromdreamtoplan.net/

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    • Ynah CA
      June 22, 2016

      Hi, thanks for dropping by. Glad to be of help! Singapore is an awesome country, hope you make it there soon 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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