From gleaming contemporary spectacles to ancient temples, Singapore’s iconic sights provide wow moments at every turn. We’ve rounded up the must-see landmarks and lesser-known gems that evoke the vibrant character of this multifaceted city.
Gardens By The Bay
One of the city’s most iconic landmarks, Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic world of horticultural wonders that spans more than 101 hectares. Visitors can walk along the suspended walkways of the Supertrees – vertical gardens that soar 16 storey skywards – and, as night falls, the mesmerising installations form part of the show-stopping light and sound shows. Alongside the Supertrees, ergonomic biodomes house incredible flora and fauna. Take a trip to the mist-shrouded wonderland of the Cloud Forest Dome, where you can marvel at the 35-metre mountain, the tropical vegetations and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Art Science Museum
An art form in itself, the jaw-dropping, lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum in nearby Marina Bay Sands fuses technology, art, science, design and architecture and boasts cutting-edge installations and major touring exhibitions. Its first ever permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science is a 1,500-square-metre digital universe of immersive art installations that will thrill and inspire all ages.
Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
While Singapore is undoubtedly at the forefront of dynamic design and technology, its rich traditions and historic buildings are just as spellbinding as its modern attractions. Step back in time and tour the captivating Colonial District on the east bank of the Singapore River, where the immaculate buildings date back to the British colonial era. The grand dames of the colonial sights include the Victoria Theatre, City Hall, the Old Supreme Court and the Old Parliament House. At night, many of the buildings are illuminated, making this peaceful area even more atmospheric.
Dating back to 1827 and set amid the hustle of Chinatown, Sri Mariamman is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and a national monument. The temple draws thousands of visitors every day, thanks to its ornate detailing and striking six-tiered gopuram (grand tower entrance). The fire-walking ceremony is celebrated annually at the temple in October or November, a week before Deepavali.
Sri Mariamman opening times: Morning: 5.30 am–12 noon. Evening: 6pm–9pm
Address: 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793
Thow Kwang pottery factory
Enjoy a change of pace at Thow Kwang pottery factory and workshop, where you can view Singapore’s last two surviving dragon kilns. The 32-metre-long, dragon shaped chambers can fire up to 5,000 ceramic pieces in one go and are now protected by the government. The dragon kilns are only put into action a couple of times a year, when ceramics are placed in their ‘belly’ for firing. Book a workshop, talk to the potters about the art of traditional pottery or simply tour the incredible array of ceramics, from elaborate Ming vases to small keepsakes.
Address: No. 85 Lorong Tawas via Clean Tech View, Singapore 639823
Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club
In Singapore, the early bird really does catch the worm: set your alarm early for a visit to the Kebun Baru Bird Singing Club. Every morning at 6am, elders showcase their prize songbirds in the grass fields of the singing club, near Ang Mo Kio Garden West. The birds are suspended in ornate cages on poles 20ft high – there are around 426 poles for merbok birds, and many other species are displayed. Soft staccato coos provide the soundtrack to this truly unique pastime.
Address: Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, Block 159, 560159, Singapore 560159
Enjoy a stopover holiday in Singapore from just £23 per person with Singapore Airlines. Includes:
· Accommodation for one night at hotel in applicable price category
· Unlimited rides on the SIA hop-on bus
· Entry to over 20 top attractions