The 13 best places to visit in Singapore

 

Completed in 2004 on Sentosa Island, just to the south west of the city centre, is the 110 metre (360 ft) Tiger Sky Tower. The revolving cabin takes visitors up to a height of 91 metres (299 ft) where it offers one of the best views of the Singapore city skyline, the entire island of Sentosa and beyond.

13. Tiger Sky Tower

 

Founded around 1827 in what is today's downtown Chinatown district is the Sri Mariamman Temple, one of Singapore's oldest and most well known Hindu Temples. The buildings most striking feature is the artfully decorated Gopuram, or gatehouse tower with six tiers of Hindu deities and other ornamental decorations.

12. Sri Mariamman Temple

 

Installed around the year 2000 in the heart of downtown Singapore is a statue depicting five boys jumping into the river. Named 'First Generation' this now famous art piece is more commonly known by locals and tourists alike as the Five Boys By The River statue.

11. The Five Boys By The River

 

In the centre of the country is the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Singapore. The site includes the Singapore Zoo and offers a night and river safari which has become a favourite among trekkers and hikers.

Pictured is the MacRitchie Reservoir Suspension Bridge.

10. Central Catchment Nature Reserve

 

In the north of the country, a rivers width from Malaysia is the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, a protected area of land seen as a globally important stop off point for migrating birds. At certain times of year bird lovers can spot migrating species from across the globe as they head towards Australia.

9. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

 

Completed in 2008 the Marina Barge is a 350 metre (1,148 ft) wide man made dam that spans the Marina Channel. Unexciting in itself, from it's position it does offer one of the best ground level views of the city skyline.

8. Marina Barrage

 

On the 55th floor of the ION Orchard Skyscraper is the ION Sky Observation Deck, at 218 metres (715 ft) above ground level with an almost uninterrupted panoramic view of the cities skyline it is one of the best viewing platforms anywhere in Singapore.

7. ION Sky Observation Deck

 

Within the complex known as Gardens By The Bay visitors can find the Cloud Forest, at it's heart lies a 35 metre (115 ft) man made mountain shrouded in lush vegetation that also boasts the worlds tallest indoor waterfall.

6. Cloud Forest

 

Built as recently as 2005 in the Chinatown district is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, now one of the most visited locations in Singapore. Built in a Chinese Tang Dynasty architectural style, this beautiful building holds many interesting museum pieces including the acclaimed Buddha Tooth Relic, found in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar it is said to be the actual canine from the founder of Buddhism.

5. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

 

In downtown Singapore right in the heart of the city is one of the countries most well known locations, Merlion Park, named after a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Built in 1972, standing 8.6 metres (28 ft) high, the original Merlion Statue spitting water into the bay is probably the most iconic symbol of Singapore.

4. Merlion Park

 

Built in 2008, the Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris Wheel measuring 165 metres (541 ft) high and was at the time of construction the largest wheel of it's kind on the planet. Surpassed by the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, this giant Ferris Wheel still cuts an impressive figure and offers incredible views of the Singapore skyline.

3. Singapore Flyer

 

Opened in 2010 overlooking the Marina Bay is the Marina Bay Sands Resort, a three towered now iconic building that boasts a 2,561 room hotel, a shopping mall, a museum, two large theatres, a floating crystal pavilion, an ice skating rink and a 500 table casino. It's most notable attraction is atop the worlds largest cantilevered roof terrace where the SkyPark boasts the worlds longest elevated infinity pool. The 1 hectare terrace can hold nearly 4,000 visitors at one time and offers one of the finest views of the city from 191 metres (626 ft) above ground level. Unfortunately the observation deck is only accessible to hotel guests.

2. Marina Bay Sands

 

Created in 2012 on an area of reclaimed land next to the Marina Reservoir in the centre of the city is a 250 acre nature park known as Gardens By The Bay. Consisting of three waterfront gardens, the idea was to change Singapore from being a garden city to a city in a garden. As well as the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, the sites most dominant features is within Supertree Grove, a set of tree like structures ranging between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft) high operating as a vertical garden complex. An elevated walkway between two of the larger supertrees allows visitors a panoramic aerial views of the gardens, though it is at night when everything lights up that things really look spectacular.

Pictured is the Supertree Grove.

1. Gardens By The Bay

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