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Raffles To Marina Bay

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  • ArtScience Museum
    4 stars

    Beginning with its extreme architecture, Singapore's newest museum explores the relationship between the seemingly contrary realms of art and science. While the permanent exhibits are underwhelming (we thought we missed something), it's the visiting exhibits that make the ArtScience Museum worth ... read more

  • Marina Sands Skypark
    4.5 stars

    Perched 200 metres above the ground, the massive Marina Sands Skypark mocks gravity. Its open-air garden stretches across the three towers of the hotel beneath and offers unobstructed, panoramic views of the city and beyond. Attractions within the attraction include exclusive restaurants (Ku De ... read more

  • Gardens by the Bay
    4 stars

    The spectacular Gardens by the Bay boasts intriguing plant sculptures and an array of interesting gardens. The newest addition to Singapore’s urban skyline is the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, perhaps best described as the city state's version of New York's Central Park. Located right in the ... read more

  • Merlion Park
    2.5 stars

    The only fauna at this downtown park is the Merlion: a massive statue of Singapore's bizarre lion/fish hybrid mascot that spews water. There's little to do here other than take cheesy photos and enjoy the views across to Marina Bay Sands. A cluster of cafes and restaurants are nearby to feed ... read more

  • Queen Elizabeth Walk
    3.5 stars

    Located in Esplanade Park, this grand walkway was named in honour of the new queen in 1953 when Singapore was still a British colony. The shaded promenade starts near the Esplanade Theatre and passes the Anderson Bridge, Tam Kim Seng Fountain, Cenotaph War Memorial, and Padang field before abruptly ... read more

  • Arts House @ Old Parliament House
    4 stars

    After nearly 200 years as a government building, this colonial gem was converted into an arts venue in 2004. Rather than permanent exhibits, the elegant space hosts a changing line-up of art shows, dance recitals, musical performances, book launches, and any other cultural event in need of a ... read more

  • Singapore Art Museum
    4 stars

    Considering that Singapore is not known for its creativity and free-thinking, the avant-garde paintings, photography and sculptures by local artists at the Singapore Art Museum may surprise you. Of course, the permanent collection also includes many classic pieces from across Southeast Asia and an ... read more

  • Singapore Flyer
    4.5 stars

    At 165 metres high — 30 metres higher than the London Eye — the Singapore Flyer is the world's tallest observation wheel. One rotation takes about 40 minutes which is plenty of time to soak up the view of downtown Singapore and beyond; on a clear day you can see all the way to Indonesia. ... read more

  • Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall
    4 stars

    The Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall is the grand dame of Singapore's performance spaces. It was originally two separate buildings -- a town hall and a memorial hall for Queen Victoria -- but they were linked by the addition of the now-iconic clock tower in 1906. The theatre's elegant 900-seat ... read more

  • Asian Civilisations Museum
    4.5 stars

    This riverside museum sets its sights far beyond Singapore with an impressive collection of art and artifacts from across Asia. Sort of an "Asian Studies 101", permanent displays give an overview of the history, culture and religions of Southeast Asia, China, India and the Middle East. Rather than ... read more

  • Marina Barrage
    3.5 stars

    This colossal dam was designed to create a reservoir and control flooding, but has become an attraction in its own right. Visit the free ‘Sustainable Singapore Gallery' to learn about the city-state's efforts to be green (crucial when you have no natural resources) or just enjoy the views from ... read more

  • Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
    4 stars

    The Esplanade is a home for all artists from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to the break-dancers who hang out in the basement. Its state-of-the-art concert hall and theatre attract world-class acts while smaller venues host a steady stream of plays, concerts, dance recitals and art installations. ... read more

  • The Substation
    4 stars

    Going strong since 1990, the Substation is Singapore's one and only alternative arts venue. This is the place to catch local rock bands, quirky plays, independent film festivals and contemporary art exhibits. A full schedule is available online or just drop in to see what's going on — it has a ... read more

  • Funan Digital Mall
    4 stars

    Why risk rip-offs buying a new camera or computer at Sim Lim Square when this IT mall has all the same gadgets at fixed prices? At Funan Digital Mall showrooms from Dell, Sony and Toshiba plus mega electronics stores like Harvey Norman and Courts can all be found under the same roof. The best ... read more

  • Raffles City
    3.5 stars

    Above City Hall MRT, this downtown mall is always a flurry of shoppers and people simply in transit. The biggest store is Robinsons department store and other tenants include British Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Spade, Topshop, MPH Bookstore and a big basement supermarket. Dining ... read more

  • Peranakan Museum
    4 stars

    Learn more about Singapore's unique Peranakan community — the new culture that was created when early traders from China and India married local Malay women — at this downtown museum. This museum is far more comprehensive than similar ones in Malaysia and the 10 galleries cover every topic from ... read more

  • Shops at Marina Bay Sands
    3.5 stars

    If you can escape the Marina Bay Sands Casino with your money it'll go fast at the attached mall. The stores are almost exclusively luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, Burberry, Prada and Cartier and even the foodcourt is expensive — think S$10 for rice and curry. If you don't have a platinum ... read more

  • St Andrew's Cathedral
    3.5 stars

    Even if religious sites are the last thing on your itinerary you'll definitely notice this cathedral beside City Hall MRT, with its steeple so high it contributes to the skyline. The current cathedral, a grand English gothic-style building, is actually the third to stand in this spot and was built ... read more

  • Armenian Church
    3.5 stars

    This small white church was built in 1835, making it not just the oldest church in Singapore but one of the city's oldest buildings. The church once had the domed roof and bell turret typical of Armenian architecture, but they were removed for structural reasons and now the church looks classically ... read more

  • Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
    3.5 stars

    A Catholic church has occupied this spot since the 1830s, but it wasn't until 1847 that the Spanish, Portuguese and French parishes unified and built the impressive Church of the Good Shepherd. Its status was elevated to cathedral in 1888 and, save for a period during World War II when it served as ... read more

  • Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple (Yueh Hai Ching Temple)
    3.5 stars

    Surrounded by skyscrapers, this Taoist temple dating back to 1850 is a perfectly preserved relic in the middle of the central business district. Meaning "The Temple of the Calm Sea", the temple was founded by Teochew Chinese immigrants, who tended to work as sailors or fishermen, as a place to give ... read more

  • Raffles Hotel Museum
    3 stars

    Reminisce about the hotel's glory days of high teas and royal luncheons at this little museum on the third floor. There's a small but intimate collection of old artwork, china, photographs, travel ephemera and an old rickshaw used to transport guests. If you've just spent S$25 on a Singapore ... read more

  • Esplanade Park
    3.5 stars

    This downtown park is one of Singapore's oldest and contains historic monuments like the Cenotaph war memorial. It makes a scenic link between the colonial buildings on Connaught Road and the central business district. If you follow Queen Elizabeth Walk within the park it'll eventually lead you ... read more


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