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Trace the events that have shaped Singapore from the 14th Century right up to the present day at the National Museum of Singapore. Discover the rich heritage of its people, their ancestral roots, ethnic and religious diversity and past struggle for nationhood through dioramas, artifacts and an intriguing 3D show. The 14-century Javanese gold jewelry on display hints at Singapore's glorious past. In addition to exhibits, the museum also screens a variety of movies that are woven into a theme of culture, history and heritage.
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.
The first step of an ambitious plan to transform Singapore into the 'Garden City' or 'City in the Garden,' the Gardens by the Bay span a staggering 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land alongside the Marina Reservoir. From its grove of skyscraping Supertrees to the space-age biodomes, these waterfront gardens are anything but ordinary. Complete with its own waterfall, the Cloud Forest replicates a tropical paradise, while the Flower Dome encapsulates quintessentially Mediterranean climes. Even more fascinating is the Sun Pavilion with its collection of cacti and the topiaries of the World of Plants. Mesmerizing works of art are scattered across the three gardens - Bay East, Bay West and Bay Central - while the Heritage Gardens showcase Chinese, Malay and Indian culture through themed natural spaces. A magical world of wonders, Singapore's Gardens by the Bay are an awe-inspiring horticultural showcase of 21st-century design.
Singapore Botanic Gardens have proudly found a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. The gardens are a paradisaical expanse replete with lush, blooming greens that were founded in 1859 with a mission to cultivate plants of economic potential. Today, with more than 600,000 plant specimens, it is clearly one of the world's largest botanical reserves. The park provides a comprehensive introduction to plants in a variety of settings, from rolling lawns and orchid gardens to tropical droves and a rejuvenating rainforest. The grounds of the botanic gardens also harbor various other attractions including options for dining and garden's specifically designed for children.
Replete with unabashed wilderness permeated with the sing-song cries of a wealth of birds, Jurong Bird Park is one of Asia Pacific's largest indoor aviary and houses the world's largest collection of Southeast Asian birds. Rolling across acres and acres, this expansive park is a safe haven of hundreds of thousands of birds that are representative or more than 600 species. The numerous enclosures and bird shows provide plenty to see, from free-flying falcons in a simulated hunt to parading penguins on a make-believe Antarctic beach. Perhaps the most spectacular sight, however, is the Waterfall Aviary, a simulated tropical rainforest housing uncaged African and South American species. Home to one of the world's tallest artificial waterfalls, this brimming bird park harbors an array of other attractions like the Pelican Cove and the Lory Loft which enables birders to view the park's fascinating bird life in an undisturbed way. Some of the intriguing creatures lying nestled here are Caribbean flamingos, salmon-crested cockatoos, eagles, hawks, fruit doves and emus among others, who co-exist in complete solidarity with each other.
Mottled with a tapestry of dense woodlands, rejuvenating rainforests and water features aplenty, Singapore Zoo forges a fascinating, wild revelry where a multitude of animals thrive and flourish with pleasant solidarity. Opened in 1973, Singapore Zoo uses moats and beautifully-landscaped glass-fronted enclosures to house hundreds of thousands of animals. 28 hectares (69.2 acres) of land is divided into more than a dozen regions, featuring hundreds of species, including rare and endangered ones. The world's largest captive orangutan group lies nestled in the verdant recesses of the zoo which attaches great importance to wildlife education and conservation. Two programs, Wild Breakfast and Afternoon Tea, enable visitors to interact with and learn more about several species of animals while having their meal. Photographic opportunities, of course, abound, while other highlights of the zoo include feeding programs, elephant and pony rides, animal shows, tram rides and insightful, open exhibits.
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 towering, scarlet canopy of magnificence and might, this grand Buddhist temple inhabits the very heart of Chinatown. Constructed to enshrine the tooth relic of Buddha, this temple is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the whole of the country. The temple is awash in an ornate, resplendent architectural style unique to the Tang dynasty, and is complete with five elaborate floors bearing a library, a traditional tea house and a museum bearing stirring Buddhist art from across Asia. Boasting a tapestry of gilded ornamentation, vibrant sculptures of deities and a glorious altar, the temple is a breathing, heaving canopy representing a profound sense of religious fervor and the finer nuances of a culture which is alive and thriving, even after hundreds of years. With its roots deeply entrenched in the philosophy of Buddhist Mandala, this iconic temple reverberates with the eternal teachings of Buddha.
What was once a vigilant British army base, has today established itself as a major tourist destination; a scintillating site which is a world in itself. Dotted with paved thoroughfares, luxurious resorts, hotels and excellent dining establishments, this delightful island is offers visitors outdoor revelry combined with a smattering of natural, scenic delights. Fringed by greenery and white sand beaches, this exuberant island is characterized by the presence of many theme parks, activities to cater to every type of visitor and a multitude of soaring high-rises. Sentosa is not just an adventurous wonderland, but also one of the most fascinating getaways in the country. Here, cable cars and the Sentosa Express monorail traverse the island's idyllic landscape, whereas attractions like Fort Siloso, Universal Studios Singapore and a replica of the iconic Merlion statue attest to its ever-booming touristy appeal.
Consisting of over 8,000 pieces of art, the National Gallery of Singapore is the world's largest public collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. The collection ranges from 19th-century art to that of the present day. There are also interactive works, regular exhibitions, conferences and events held at the gallery. The gallery seeks to exhibit and promote Southeast Asian artwork and aims to provide an understanding and appreciation of the art and culture of the region.