Top 17 Most Noteworthy Attractions In Singapore
The island-country and sovereign city-state of Singapore is perhaps one of the most iconic tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The reason for this is fairly simple, as this thriving and beautiful city boasts with some of the most incredible attractions on the planet, not to mention the fact that it is placed just 85 miles north of the Equator, a fact that guarantees amazing weather all-year round. Highly urbanized, Singapore does not have much to offer in the sense of wild natural beauty, but it does feature a series of incredible botanical gardens, a zoo and a night safari. However, these are just 3 of the most noteworthy attractions of this stunning city. Want to know more? Just keep on reading!
17. Tiger Sky Tower
The tallest observation tower in Singapore is called Tiger Sky Tower and flaunts a height of 360 feet. This incredible attraction features a special disc-shaped cabin that is entered by visitors on the ground level before ascending and rotating at the same time while ensuring spectacular views of the Singapore skyline. Even though the tower features a height of 360 feet, the maximum elevation that visitors reach is “just” 299 feet.
16. Underwater World
Those who enjoy viewing marine life in its entire splendor in complete safety can always visit the Underwater World in Singapore. Opened in 1991, this exquisite oceanarium can be found on the island of Sentosa, in close proximity to Singapore’s shoreline, and it houses about 250 species of marine animals that include 2,500 examples. Turtles, sharks, stingrays, coral and eels are just some of the main highlights.
15. Night Safari
You definitely need to visit Singapore’s Night Safari next time you find yourself in this wonderful city. As the world’s first nocturnal zoo, the Night Safari offers a unique and exciting way of viewing animals under the cover of darkness. Opened in 1994, this amazing zoo required $63 million to be complete and covers a total area of 99 acres. Boasting about 1.1 million visitors per year, the Night Safari’s main attractions include cultural performances as well as various species of animals such as tarsiers and Indian rhinoceros.
The island-resort of Sentosa can be found just off the shore of Singapore and represents a very popular tourist attraction that boasts with about 5 million visitors each year. The island’s primary points of interest include the Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, two incredible golf courses, two luxurious five-star hotels as well as Fort Siloso – a restored coastal gun battery. The island’s name translates to “peace and tranquility” in the Malay language.
13. Universal Studios Singapore
The Universal Studios Singapore theme park of Singapore is a part of the Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island. The theme park covers a total area of 49 acres and boasts a total of 24 attractions out of which 18 were designed specifically for it. The park’s lagoon is surrounded by 7 themed zones, each inspired in its design by a renowned film or TV show. The park’s roller coasters are themed on the famous Battlestar Galactica series, while a majestic castle is meant to remind of Shrek.
12. Singapore Zoo
The Singapore Zoo or the Mandai Zoo can be found within the central catchment area of Singapore and covers an area of 69 acres. The zoo first opened its doors to visitors in 1973 and is under the management of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, whose experts also manage the nearby Night Zoo. With a yearly visitor rate of 1.6 million, the Singapore Zoo houses about 316 species of animals, out of which about 16% of them are considered endangered species. The animals are being kept in natural-looking exhibits that feature hidden moats and fences as well as several glass elements.
11. Old Ford Motor Factory
Found in close proximity to the Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore’s Old Ford Motor Factory is a very important historic building that marks the site of the surrender of the British to the Japanese in 1942. The factory was built in 1941 and served as Ford’s main motor car assembly plant in Southeast Asia. The factory went into operation again in 1947 but was shut down completely in 1980. Today, the factory houses a World War II exhibition gallery that is called Memories at Old Ford Factory.
10. Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens cover 183 acres of space and trace their history all the way back to 1859. The gardens are the only ones on the globe that are open for visitation each and every day from 5 in the morning to 12 midnight, and what’s even better is that there’s not even an admission fee. Actually, in order to visit the National Orchid Garden found within the gardens, visitors are required to pay a modest sum, but visiting this particular attraction is in no way mandatory. Other attractions include the Orchidarium, the Lady Yuen-Peng McNeice Bromeliad House and the Tan Hoon Siang Misthouse.
9. Big Splash
Playground at Big Splash used to be one of Singapore’s waterparks but was transformed into a recreational area from 2006 to 2008. Nowadays, Big Splash doesn’t have any waterslides but features a plethora of wonderful restaurants and fast food outlets as well as a small golf course and a gymnasium. The original Big Splash was built on a 6.9-acre lot in 1977 and boasted a massive pool that was able to host over 1,000 people.
8. Singapore Flight Experience
The Singapore Flight Experience is a flight simulator that can be found at the largest observation wheel in the world – The Singapore Flyer. The program features separate training programs for children, adults and actual pilots. The facility makes full use of a Boeing 737NG flight simulator, which allows guests to experience the thrill of flying a plane as its captain. Guests are assisted by a professional instructor, and the entire experience is very close to a real one apparently.
7. Sultan Mosque
The Sultan Mosque or Masjid Sultan can be found at Singapore’s Muscat Street, right within the Kampong Glam district. As one of the most important buildings of its kind in Singapore, the mosque was built by Sultan Hussain himself from 1824 to 1826. The structure initially had a pyramidal roof and was built according to traditional architecture, but it was replaced in 1924 with a larger, more imposing mosque, since the old one was already falling into ruin. In 1928, the new mosque was finally complete after 4 years of hard work. Since then, the landmark remained unchanged for the most part.
6. Pernakan Museum
As its name suggests, the Peranakan Museum in Singapore focuses on Peranakan culture. The museum can be found in Armenian Street and operates within the Old Tao Nan School building. The establishment was opened for the first time in April 2008 and featured 10 permanent exhibits that were centered on various aspects of Peranakan life and tradition. One of the highlights of the museum is the Peranakan Wedding Bed, which Mrs. Quah Hong Chiam of Penang used to give birth to her 11 children.
5. Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is one of the largest Ferris wheels in the city, so large in fact, that it has often been described as an “observation wheel”. The landmark was built between 2005 and 2008 and flaunts a height of 541 feet. The Ferris wheel can be found in close proximity to the Marina Bay in Singapore, and it provides breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and main points of interest.
4. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
The Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is a Buddhist temple in Singapore that was built at the eve of the 20th century by Venerable Zhuan Dao. Established in 1920, the monastery currently features a series of prayer halls, towers, columbariums and a crematorium. One of the highlights of the landmark is the beautiful statue of Avalokitesvara that can be found outside, right between the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas and the Dharma Hall. The Hall of No Form also features a very large Buddha statue made out of bronze.
3. National Museum of Singapore
The oldest museum in Singapore is the National Museum of Singapore, which was founded in 1849. As such, the establishment’s exhibitions focus on depicting the history of this amazing city-state with the help of precious artifacts such as the Singapore Stone, the Dagguerreotype of Singapore Town or the Gold Ornaments of the Sacred Hill. In 1992, the museum received the prestigious status of “National Monument of Singapore. Due to its old age, the museum required some renovation work between 2003 and 2006.
2. Sri Mariamman Temple
As Singapore’s oldest Hindu Temple, the Sri Mariamman Temple can be found in the city’s Chinatown district. The temple is a very important tourist attraction of Singapore but it also serves religious purposes for numerous Hindu Singaporeans. Built in 1827 by Naraina Pillai, the Sri Mariamman Temple flaunts a very important historical heritage as well as a unique and impressive exterior design. The temple is reconsecrated once every 12 years and is the site of a fire walking ceremony that is being held each year before the Festival of Lights.
1. Marina Bay Sands
Finally, what is arguably the most important and impressive building in Singapore presently is the Marina Bay Sands – an integrated resort founded by Las Vegas Sands. As the most expensive building in the world, Marina Bay Sands is also one of the most beautiful, featuring a breathtaking design based on 3 towers of 55 stories and a magnificent ship-like structure placed directly above. This top structure is called Sands SkyPark and boasts a myriad of attractions that include but are not limited to an exquisite infinity pool, an observation deck, luxurious restaurants and gardens.