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12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Singapore

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Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population.

One of the main attractions in Singapore is its cultural diversity. Singapore is also environmentally friendly. The dominant language which is English also helps to boost tourism in the country which is one of the main incomes for the country. The transportation system in the country is also excellent which makes traveling convenient and easy. It is one of the easiest and most comfortable countries to navigate in Southeast Asia. ‘

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is located at Bayfront MRT Station and steps from the lively Central Business District. The opulent Marina Bay Sands resort complex includes a high-end luxury hotel, a mall with a canal running through it, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark

Outside of Marina Barrage, Singapore has a number of nature reserves such as Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Singapore is one the second city in the world with the primary rainforest located within the city, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, a mangrove forest that protects a number of migrating birds. The National Parks Board has guided tours by park specialists on selected weekends.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in the Central Region of Singapore. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

It covers 1.28 hectares and it is the larger of three cooled conservatories. In 2015 broke the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse. It includes several heritage gardens, an aerial walkway, plant sculptures, and at least ten dining establishments.

Gardens by the Bay is just one of the many initiatives towards a cleaner and greener future.

The Gardens by the Bay also boost the city’s surging tourism industry, which is a big part of the overall Singapore economy.

Botanic Gardens
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Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 160-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping district and one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Singapore Botanic Gardens’ sprawling grounds are perfect for picnicking, jogging, or escaping the city buzz. 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into the popular recreational garden you see today. The National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display, with over 60,000 plants and orchid plants. The Swan Lake is home to numerous species of aquatic plants and fishes.

Orchard Road
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Orchard Road

Orchard Road is Singapore’s retail heart, with discount outlets, department stores and upscale boutiques, alongside luxury hotels, with over 5,000 establishments offering the ultimate lifestyle experience to tourists and locals alike.

To take a break from shopping and enjoy a bout of artistic immersion, visit the ION Art Gallery. This gallery features a range of international and local exhibitions.

Singapore Flyer
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Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer is a giant observation wheel at Downtown Core, Singapore. It opened in 2008, with construction having taken about 2½ years.
Designed by Arup and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with a capacity of up to 7.3 million passengers a year, the normally constant rotation of the wheel means that a complete trip lasts approximately 32 minutes.

The Flyer’s 28 air-conditioned capsules are mounted outboard of the rim of the wheel structure, providing continuously unobstructed views. Wheelchair ramps and lifts, handicapped toilets, and a dedicated parking lot for the disabled are also provided.

In 2014 Straco Leisure Pte. Ltd. announced the acquisition of Singapore Flyer.

Raffles Hotel Singapore
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Raffles Hotel Singapore

Discover Raffles Singapore and enjoy the hotel’s spacious, comfortable rooms. Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel. It was established by Armenian hoteliers in 1887.

A unique dining experience at Raffles Singapore with five restaurants and six bars – including the iconic Long Bar, famous for its Singapore Sling.

Following restoration works in 2019, the hotel now boasts a whole suite of new amenities and a fresh new look.

Chinatown
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Chinatown

Chinatown in Singapore is a sharp contrast to the rest of the city, with low rise buildings and culture bursting. The narrow roads includes Chinatown Food Street, with its restaurants serving traditional fare like Hainanese chicken rice, noodles and satay. You can find souvenir shops and indie boutiques in the area, offering clothes, crafts and antiques.

You can spend a whole day exploring from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, to a walk down South Bridge Road, and don’t forget to check out Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

Sentosa IslandPhoto credit: Chensiyuan / Wikipedia

Sentosa Island

Sentosa is a sunny island, home to exciting events, themed attractions, award-winning spas, lush rainforests and golden sandy beaches. Here you’ll find one of the largest oceanariums on the planet with more than 100,000 marine animals and the world’s largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. The 18-foot-tall acrylic ‘glass walls’—allow you to enjoy panoramic views of the South China Sea and Siloso Beach.

Clarke Quay
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Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay, located within the Singapore River Planning Area and at the fringe of Singapore’s Central Business District.. Clarke Quay is also the name of a road along the quay, part of which has since been converted into a pedestrian mall.

Universal Studios
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Universal Studios

Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, featuring 24 rides, shows and attractions in seven themed zones. Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island.

Guests can also immerse in a celebratory atmosphere with the Hollywood Dreams parade, which features amazingly detailed floats, special effects, a custom musical score.

Merlion Park
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Merlion Park

Merlion Park is a famous landmark and a major tourist attraction, located near One Fullerton, near the Central Business District.

The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. The original statue of the Merlion used to stand at the mouth of the Singapore River. Later, the statue was relocated to a new pier specially built on the other side of The Esplanade Bridge adjacent to The Fullerton hotel.

Asian Civilisations MuseumPhoto credit: Sengkang / Wikipedia

Asian Civilisations Museum

Located along the Singapore River, this museum shows the history of the Asian civilizations. It is one of the pioneering museums in the region to specialize in pan-Asian cultures and civilizations. The museum specializes in the material history of China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia.
You’d find the offices of the Colonial Secretary, Legislative Chamber, and Surveyor-General, all located there.

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