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The ReDot Fine Art Gallery, located on Hill Street is a must visit for all Fine Art enthusiasts. Art collectors and businessmen can approach the friendly staff for advice on Aboriginal and Indigenous artworks, lighting and insurance. The spacious interiors with attractive skylights serve as an atmospheric backdrop to parties, corporate events, product launches and luncheons which can be hosted here. Check website for details.
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. The souvenir shop carries Merlion t-shirts and other memorabilia.
Few new cultures are as distinctive and rich as that of the Peranakan (Straits Chinese). A reproduction of a Peranakan house of the early 20th century, the Peranakan Museum gives you a brief insight into its culture. Chinese, Malay and, to a lesser extent, European influences are evident in the clothes, architecture and lavish furnishings, highlighting the affluent lifestyle of the Peranakans. A collection of 17th-century Qing dynasty porcelain and intricate beaded embroidery are fine examples of the heritage of this unique culture.
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 a intriguing 3D show. Be sure to check out the 14-century Javanese gold jewelry, which hints at Singapore's glorious pre-colonial past. In addition to exhibits, the museum also screens a variety of movies that are woven into a theme of culture, history and heritage.
Although largely scarred by redevelopment, Chinatown today still contains pockets of genuinely old shophouses where age-old trades like clog-making and calligraphy continue to be practiced. Paper effigies of cars, houses and other material objects are still being made for the deceased. These are then burnt, in the belief that they will raise the standard of living of the deceased in the next world. For tea connoisseurs, a visit to a tea house is a must, not only to relish the flavor of Chinese tea, but also to experience the traditional art of tea-brewing.
Occupying a Roman classical building, the Singapore Art Museum features modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures and installations from Southeast Asia. With state-of-the-art galleries, it boasts a permanent collection of nearly 7000 artworks by established and pioneering artists. Visitors can also access digital images of works from public institutions and private collections all over the region. Art aficionados visiting Singapore, simply cannot miss this gallery. Singapore Art Museum also has exhibits for children.
This grand Buddhist temple in the heart of Chinatown is one of the most beautiful and sacred temples in Singapore. Visitors are welcome to explore the temple's five floors which include a library, tea house, and a museum of Buddhist art from across Asia. The temple's namesake tooth relic, believed to come from the Buddha himself, is kept in a worship hall on the fourth floor. Early birds can observe the morning chanting and drum rituals beginning around 5am, or there's a similar closing ceremony at 6pm. Don't forget to visit the meditative rooftop garden for beautiful orchids plus a panoramic view of Chinatown. The temple is an active place of worship and visitors are requested to dress appropriately.
Fusing two very different subject matters, the ArtScience Museum explores the relationship between art and science through a series of exciting and interactive exhibits. The museum has three permanent galleries – "Curiosity," "Inspiration" and "Expression" – and also hosts world-class touring exhibits, educational talks from the curators, and hands-on workshops suitable for all ages. With its environmentally-friendly functions and gorgeous design, the museum itself is a great achievement of the union of art and science. The ArtScience Museum is located in a white, lotus-shaped building connected to the Marina Bay Sands complex.
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and this little city-state has taken imitation to new heights. The Singapore Flyer, a local version of the London Eye, has been stirring up excitement within the country since its inauguration. A newer, more chic version of the Eye, the Flyer bursts with metropolitan glitz as its multi-colored lights dot the edge of the city-center. Climb aboard this Ferris Wheel, and have dinner in one of its huge cabins. From here, take in an aerial view of the Malay Archipelago, which offers incredible scenery that includes the tropical landscapes of nearby islands.
Singapore's Champs-Élysées stretches 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) long and is said to have the largest concentration of shopping malls worldwide. Originally a nutmeg and pepper plantation, Orchard Road today is lined with ritzy malls, swanky eateries and luxury hotels from end to end. The more notable shopping centers include Ngee Ann City, Tangs Department Store, Wisma Atria, The Heeren and Centrepoint. Nevertheless, some old portions of the street have managed to escape the bulldozers, particularly the peranakan shophouses near Emerald Hill, built at the turn of the 20th Century.
Awash with scents and sights reminiscent of the subcontinent, this is a microcosm of India where every imaginable Indian product can be found: trinkets, sarees, spices, sweetmeats, nose studs, flower garlands and anything else that an Indian household needs. Traces of Hinduism are found everywhere, from the elaborate temples to wall calendars with pictures of Hindu deities. On Sundays, Indian locals and foreign workers flock to the streets of Little India to eat, chat, shop and worship. Hard though it is to walk through the crowds, this is a unique spectacle you should not miss.
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.