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Standing guard at the mouth of the Singapore River is the Merlion, a mythical beast that is a cross between a fish and a lion. The fish symbolizes Singapore's close association with the sea while the lion head refers to the legendary sighting of a lion during the discovery of ancient Singapore. Created in 1972 as a tourism icon, the Merlion is especially attractive in the evenings when it is illuminated and spouts water from its mouth. Today, it has moved 120 meters (393 feet) away from its original spot, adjacent to One Fullerton. A stroll through Merlion Park yields great views of Singapore's colonial district.
A true marvel of engineering designed by the famous architect Moshe Safdie, the Marina Bay Sands Skypark is an open-air viewing deck perched 200 meters (656.168 feet) atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This deck, shaped like a ship, almost seems to go against the law of gravity as it stretches on the 57th story above the hotel tower. The panoramic views of Singapore are staggering, and on a clear day, far-off islands belonging to Malaysia and Indonesia can be seen. The Skypark is the size of three football fields and also contains lush tropical gardens, souvenir stands and gourmet restaurants. Its main attraction is a spectacular infinity pool that seems as if it meets thin air at one of its longer edges. Although the swimming pool is accessible only to hotel guests, the deck can be visited by the general public on purchase of tickets.
A product of unabashed engineering prowess, Benjamin Sheares Bridge seamlessly traverses the sparkling blue waters of Marina Bay and Kallang Basin. Completed in 1981, this marvel is one of the city's most magnificent bridges and marks the birth of a world-class road network in Singapore. Named after the Republic's former president, Dr B.H. Sheares, it spans monumental proportions of water to link Sheares Avenue to the East Coast Parkway. One of the city's tallest and longest, the bridge affords majestic vistas of the city's ravishing skyline, up to as far as its picturesque shoreline. Having been an integral part of some of the country's prominent sporting events, this expansive bridge is one of the most prized possessions of Singapore.
The Singapore Flyer, the Asian cousin of the London Eye, has been stirring up excitement within the country since its inauguration in 2008. Towering close to 165 meters (541 feet) above the city, the Flyer bursts with metropolitan glitz as its multi-colored lights dot the edge of the city-center. This Ferris Wheel is ornamented with huge cabins from where visitors appreciate the cityscape. Touted to be one of the highest in the world, the Singapore Flyer affords a breathtaking aerial view of the Malay Archipelago, which offers incredible scenery that includes the tropical landscapes of nearby islands. Embodying the increasing cosmopolitan vigor of Singapore, the Flyer is a magnificent canopy bathed in substantial design and architectural excellence.
Completed in 2009, the Pinnacle @ Duxton is the tallest public housing apartment in Singapore and its seven connected towers are 50 stories high. The skybridge on the building's 50th stories is open to the public every day and offers panoramic views of Chinatown and the central business district. Admission to the Skybridge is 5SGD per person, making it a more affordable viewpoint than the Marina Sands Skypark. The admission charge is only payable by EZ-link card (the declining balance card also used for public transit) and a limit of 200 visitors per day is imposed.
Kranji War Memorial is the final resting place for thousands of Allied soldiers who perished in Southeast Asia during the second World War. Rows upon rows of graves blanket the hill, some identified only as "known unto God." Above the Kranji War Cemetery is the memorial that records the names of more than 20,000 of these soldiers who died in the line of duty. The first two presidents of the Republic, Yusof bin Ishak and Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares, are also laid to rest here.