What’s new in Singapore?

From Singapore’s Bicentennial events this year to the mesmerising Changi Jewel, here’s all the latest news from Singapore.

The Little Red Dot is always innovative, with an ever-changing landscape. This year and 2020 sees many new happenings, including Singapore’s Bicentennial Year, the launch of Design Orchard, the spectacular new Changi Jewel and the much-awaited re-opening of Singapore’s most famous hotel, Raffles. Read on to find out more Singapore news and to plan your next visit with Singapore Airlines and the Singapore Tourism Board.

Singapore’s Bicentennial Year

Celebrate Singapore’s Bicentennial this year and the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore. Book your tickets early for the immersive experience showcasing pivotal parts of Singapore’s 700-year history; it’s going to be memorable. There are many special events in the city state, including The Bicentennial Experience at Fort Canning Centre (1 July–31 December). Partake in a fascinating multimedia sensory experience, which takes you back as far as 1299 to see key turning points in Singapore’s incredible transformation. There’s a whole host of other events such as The Last Overland expedition, City of Possibilities (until 31 December), an interactive video tour revealing the future of eight landmark buildings in Singapore and the launch of Singapore City Gallery (20 March–31  December).

Watch the trailer above or here!

The big reveal of Design Orchard

January 2019 saw the opening of much-anticipated Design Orchard, a creative space that showcases 61 homegrown brands. Located on Orchard Road and helmed by award-winning WOHA Architects, Design Orchard is an antidote to faceless shopping malls, bringing a fresh look, inspired local products and wares and a home for creative collaboration – offering visitors a cutting-edge creative incubator, events space and a retail space covering a plethora of local designers. The concept takes its cues from local design and modern technology: the first floor is curated by local brand Naiise and covers Singaporean design, and the green space houses more than 61 homegrown brands, combining handcrafted products, artisanal furniture and established local and upcoming fashion designers. The second floor acts as the incubation space with a co-working facility. Brands include home design offering Onlewo, Asian-inspired clothes for families at Chubby Chubby and SUCRE, with its luxurious chocolates and cookies. It wouldn’t be Singapore without advanced retail technology such as interactive mirrors providing brand stories and product catalogues and self-checkout options. A highlight is the lush outdoor amphitheatre on the rooftop – an incredible space for events.

Enter Changi Jewel 

In mid-April, the spectacular new Jewel Changi Airport finally launched. Designed by Safdie Architects (of Marina Bay Sands fame), the $1.7-billion project includes a canopy bridge (and glass walkway) shrouded in fog and suspended 23 metres in the air – for an amazing ‘walking in the clouds’ experience. The show-stopping airport combines bright green gardens, designer shops and gourmet food in a modern glass and steel dome. Insider tip: don’t miss the slide transport to your terminal, yes, really. We thought Changi Airport couldn’t get better; we were wrong.

The grand re-opening of Raffles Hotel 

This month, the doors of Singapore’s most iconic hotel – Raffles Hotel Singapore – were flung open again after a huge two-year renovation project transforming its suites and public places. In 1987, it was declared a national monument by the government, and it has always been an attraction for visitors – even if just for a classic Singapore Sling. Twelve swish new suites have been added and the Raffles Arcade has a gorgeous new spa and upmarket retail outlets, plus new fine-dining additions such as steakhouse Butcher’s Block, a Mediterranean grill BBR (Alain Ducasse) and the three-Michelin star La Dame de Pic. Tempted? 

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