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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Declared a sovereign nation only as recently as 1965, Singapore has quickly grown to be a global force to be reckoned with, all the while preserving its long-standing repute as a multi-ethnic society of diverse cultures and one of the world's safest cities. The Singapore skyline is one of the world's most recognizable, a dazzling collection of skyscrapers like monumental spires of glass, anchored by icons like the Marina Bay Sands' nautical themed silhouette, and the soaring Singapore Flyer. In recent years, efforts to redefine Singapore as the 'City in a Garden' have been undertaken with full gusto. With its towering Super Trees and themed enclaves, the Gardens by the Bay best encapsulate this vision; a wholesome, liveable city with a sustainable environment. A haven for shoppers too, the city boasts gigantic malls as well as eclectic boutiques, local markets, independent art galleries, and local shops selling everything from Chinese medicine to silk tapestries. Meanwhile, the city's love affair with food is evident by the sheer variety of offer with street food markets facing off against Michelin-starred restaurants, the harborside a flurry of hidden gems and quirky bars. Scattered in between are heritage homes, religious sites and a whole host of museums that attest to the city's vibrant history.
Having been around since the 1980’s the Parliament House in Singapore is an architectural marvel, one that is considered a pioneering stricture to have been established during the time. The principle design of the building is a modern take on stateliness and authority and the prism top itself is reflection of modernist ideology, which was founded by the previous President, Ong Teng Cheong. Today the structure is a cultural landmark in the area and a tourist attraction.
Built in 1929, the Elgin Bridge was named after Lord Elgin, the then governor-general of India. Its purpose was to link the Chinese merchants on the southern side of the Singapore River to the Indian traders on the northern side. The first bridge over the river was built on this very site in 1819, hence the name of the two roads leading to it - North Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. At either end of Elgin Bridge are cast-iron lamps, with roundels at the base depicting a lion under a palm tree.
Be ready to rock the dance floor as Canvas brings in some of the best DJs in town to spin your favorite track. A day-time art gallery comes to life as evening progresses and is the hot spot for the energetic party crowd. The spacious dance floor is well-facilitated with modern amenities like LED lighting, fine acoustics that assure the ultimate nightclub experience. In case you feel thirsty, there is a beverage menu to accompany you for the evening here. All in all, this is a must-go-to place for the party animals in town. Check their website to know about the upcoming DJs events or stand up comic acts hosted here frequently.
The final classical structure built in the city area, the neoclassical Supreme Court was designed by municipal architect Dorrington Ward sometime between 1937 and 1939. One of the finest buildings of the British era, it is characterized by Corinthian pillars, Georgian windows and an imposing green dome. Also of architectural interest are the allegorical sculptures by Italian Calvalieri Rodolfo Nolli. The Supreme Court's internal grounds are not open to public. Check website for more details.
This two-story grandeur was once intended to be a private mansion. It was designed and erected by Irishman George Coleman in 1827 on a site previously occupied by the Temenggong of Singapore and his followers. The Palladian-style building then served as the Singapore Court House until 1939 after which it became the seat of legislature. Complementing its elegant display of pillars and porticoes, a little bronze elephant presented to the State by King Chulalongkorn of Siam in 1871 stands guard outside. The building now is a venue for contemporary visual arts, music, dance, film, comedy, and theater. Guided tours are available.