Interesting Places to See in Singapore – A City of Many Allures

Tripoto
1st Apr 2018
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Singapore is one of the world’s cleanest countries where shopping and dining can be truly enjoyed; could it get any better? Read on and discover some of the country’s best allures.

Do Check Out the Merlion

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The Merlion represents Singapore; it is the country’s iconic symbol and attraction denoting the country’s past and name. A mythical creature the Merlion is part lion and fish; the fish part represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fisher nation, while the lion part represents, the meaning of the word Singapura (Singapore), which translates to ‘Lion City’; singa meaning lion.

Interestingly though, there is no record of lions ever residing in Singapore, as such, the name can be attributed to the fact that the lion generally represents bravery, and this quality certainly has played a large part within the nation, from the horrific times of WWII Japanese occupation of Singapore to its present, cosmopolitan status as a nation of multi-ethnic races, thriving in harmony, as one people.

To view the iconic statue of the Merlion, which stands at a height of 8.6 metres, you need to head over to the Merlion Park at the Marina Bay Waterfront, staring out to sea, the statue is one of the most visited attractions in the country.

Be Impressed by Changi Airport

Day 2
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Changi International Airport has won many awards over the years as one of the world’s top airports. Boasting one of the best infrastructures, this smooth running airport has facilities to cater to adults, children and the differently abled.

Here are some the facilities Changi Airport is proud of; a number of open air gardens, a children’s playground, transit hotel, fitness and spa centres, post office, internet services, pharmacies and a medical clinic, a pool and restaurants, a free Skytrain service to transport passengers between each airport terminal and napping zones.

If you plan to stay at a modern serviced apartment in Singapore, getting there from the airport is a breeze, as public transport options of MRT, taxis, buses or a free shuttle bus service are readily available; both ways. Properties featuring modern apartments like Ascott Orchard Singapore, just 21 minutes away, are easy to access as well. Besides, all these perks, passengers with a layover longer than five hours are treated to a free city tour; simply register for the tour and you’re good to go. Not to be forgotten is all that duty free shopping, tipped to be one of the best across the world.

Day 3

Indulge at Orchard Road

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Orchard Road is probably the first place a first time visitor to Singapore should visit; the precinct which in the 1800’s was a spice and fruit plantation, has developed into the country’s best shopping district; home to ritzy malls, classic boutiques and entertainment venues. A shopaholic’s haven, Orchard Road is loved by locals, expats and tourists.

The best designer brands are available at the classy malls, lining the streets, similar to Oxford Street in London or Nathan Road in Hong Kong, the place is a melting pot of delight, as the streets are flanked by some of the world’s best international department stores, designer boutiques, elegant restaurants, spas and beauty salons. The malls sell just about every type of consumer goods from electronics and homewares to big brands and accessories.

Enjoy Time at the Esplanade Theatre

Dimitry B, Esplanade Theatres, Singapore, (CC BY 2.0)

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Due to its spiky domed roof, the Esplanade Theatre is better known as the ‘Durian’; since it looks like the rather smelly but treasured fruit. The place is a hive of activity, with a variety of events on the schedule. The complex is home to a library, a variety of galleries and several theatres.

Located near the Singapore River within Marina Bay, the theatre covers an area of 60,000 square metres and was opened in 2002.

Explore the Singapore River

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The best view of the city’s modern skyline can be viewed from the Singapore River. Simply hop on a river taxi, sit back and enjoy your cruise. The tour crosses some of the city’s most iconic attractions too; as you float along the river, you are treated to sights of Singapore’s colonial past, well amalgamated into the city’s modern façade.

Along the way, you will pass Clark Quay, Boat Quay, Robertson Quay and Marina Bay. Enjoy your time in this mythical and quintessential holiday destination.

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