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Singapore is not a cheap place to visit compared to the rest of South East Asia. But with a little help, you can enjoy Singapore without breaking the bank, in fact, you can enjoy it for FREE! Yes, you heard me right 🙂 We all love the word ‘free’ so below is a list of completely free activities to do while in Singapore. These are just a few handpicked ones of many, many free things to do in Singapore.
1. Be enthralled by the Supertree Grove of Gardens by the Bay
The Supertree Grove is totally free and its image has now become iconic of the Marina Bay area. Between 25 meters to 50 meters in height, these gigantic vase-shaped structures are as much for function as they are for form. They are home to 162,900 plants and over 200 species. Beautiful displays of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns by the Gardens by the Bay horticulturalists. These ‘living’ Supertrees and walkway bring scale and drama to the Gardens, in contrast to the country’s extremely dense urban environment, forming part of the government’s overall strategy to transform Singapore into a “city in a garden.” And at night, they come alive with lighting and projected media which can be a perfect getaway.
How to go to the Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay: Get off at Bayfront MRT Station. The Supertrees Grove of the Gardens by the Bay is within walking distance.
2. Watch a free concert at Esplanade
Undoubtedly one of Singapore’s most unusual building. It is colloquially known to locals as “the big durians” because of its resemblance to the stinky fruit. You can catch everything from dance shows to acoustic sets, as well as theater performances and live bands at the central ‘concourse’ area every evening of the week. They also run special free events throughout their numerous performance spaces, although it’s best to check their website for the latest line-up.
How to go to Esplanade: The park is just a short walk from the Bayfront MRT station.
3. Feel the magic at the Water and Light Show at Marina Sands
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Immerse yourself in Wonder Full – an amazing convergence of light, music, and sound. It may be only 13 minutes, but those minutes are completely electrifying. A great showpiece of visual effects by the waterfront, where the universal tale of the journey of life is told through the use of electric light and laser effects. You can catch the water show each night at 8:00pm and 9:30pm (also 11pm on Friday and Saturday). It’s 100% free, but weather permitting so check their website for updated information.
How to go to Marina Bay Sand: The park is just a short walk from the Bayfront MRT station.
4. Pose with the Merlion
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One of the most popular free things to do in Singapore is head to Marina Bay to grab a photo next to the city’s iconic Merlion statue. The world-famous half-mermaid half-lion is completely free to see, and present some great views across the bay and will get you a handful of ‘likes’ on Facebook after you upload your all-important snap. Bonus points if you can position yourself so it looks like the fountain of water is being poured into your mouth.
Do you know how many Merlions embellish the city of Singapore? Well, it’s 8 in number. Go and hunt these down and pose for a picture with all of them. Now this is what I am talking about when I say free stuff to do in Singapore. Explore, traverse and enjoy!
How to go to Merlion Park: The park is just a short walk from the Raffles Place MRT station near the Singapore Flyer.
5. Go temple hopping– Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
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The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum are located on South Bridge Road, in the Chinatown district of Singapore. Built with the architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty in mind, it is said to house a tooth relic from the Buddha himself (Siddhartha Gautama). Beautiful inside and out, the best time to see the temple is during Vesak Day which is usually in late May.
How to go to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple: From Chinatown MRT station, head towards the southern direction for a couple of blocks. It is opposite Maxwell Food Center.
6. Explore Singapore’s Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens has always been one of the main attractions of the country but recently it has added a feather to its cap. This 74-hectare property is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many attractions within the Singapore Botanic Gardens. You can visit the gardens’ heritage trees via walking trail, which is 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.
How to go to the Singapore Botanic Gardens: The Singapore Botanic Gardens now has its own MRT station thanks to the circle line. It takes visitors directly to the north entrance.
7. Experience the MacRitchie Treetop Walk
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The TreeTop Walk (TTW) is the highlight of several long hiking routes in MacRitchie that brings you through the different stages of a mature secondary forest. The first of its kind in Singapore and in the region, this free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie and offers a bird’s eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy. The total length of the walkway is about 250 m and its height from the forest floor varies, with the highest point at 25 m.
Besides providing another avenue for nature recreation for Singaporeans, the TTW also plays an important role in forest canopy research, an area many researchers were not able to get into because of lack of access. This bridge will help to facilitate surveys and plant identification work and further our understanding of how forest ecosystems work. And the best part, it is totally free.
How to go to MacRitchie Treetop Walk: Located in the central area of Singapore, just off Thomson Road.
8. Walk around the meandering Southern Ridges
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The Southern Ridges is a 10-kilometre stretch of green open spaces spanning the hills of some of Singapore’s most popular parks and gardens, connected by picturesque ridges and pathways. Imagine walking across a bridge 36-metres above the road connecting two hilltops. You can perform this exhilarating high-wire act at Henderson Waves, a distinctive wave-like structure consisting of a series of undulating curved ‘ribs’, also Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. Breathtaking views and perfect places for selfies, make this place popular among people of all age group.
How to go to Southern Ridges: Alight at Harbourfront station Exit D.
9. Immerse yourself in Little India
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.
How to go to Little India: Get off at Little India MRT station.
10. Explore Singapore’s Ethnic enclaves of Chinatown
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As a nation comprised of mostly immigrants, Singapore possesses a number of ethnic enclaves. Chinatown is the largest of them. Packed with shops, eateries and food stalls, the neighborhood is constantly buzzing with pedestrians and shopkeepers. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle, retreat to the Chinatown Heritage Centre for a quick history lesson. Or head to the gorgeous Thian Hock Keng Temple for some quiet Zen. And though it’s not associated with Chinese culture, you should stop in front of the Sri Mariamman Temple to spy its colorful, intricate facades.
How to go to China Town: Get off at Chinatown MRT station.
There you have it my 10 ultimately free and enjoyable things that you can do in Singapore.
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Happy travels everyone!