Welcome to Singapore! To help you make the most of your time here in Singapore, below are some of the attractions, dining options, events and nightlife options for your information. To learn more about Singapore and what’s going on during your stay, visit the official Singapore Tourism website, YourSingapore.com.
*All information below is extracted from YourSingapore.com
An iconic presence along the Marina Bay waterfront, ArtScience Museum is a living, breathing embodiment of the ArtScience theme. The museum’s combination of striking architecture, award-winning design, strong curation and intellectual discussions makes it unique internationally. Featuring 21 gallery spaces totalling 50,000 square feet, ArtScience Museum is also the premier venue for major international touring exhibitions from the most-renowned collections in the world. Since it opened in 2011, ArtScience Museum has been home to some of the most attended and critically-acclaimed exhibitions in Singapore.
Location: 6 Bayfront Ave, 018974
Asian Civilisations Museum
One of Singapore's largest and most impressive museums, Asian Civilisations Museum has 11 galleries showcasing more than 1,300 artefacts from the civilisations of China, South-East Asia, South Asia and West Asia. Located by the historic Singapore River, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is devoted to preserving the cultural heritage of Asia, especially the ancestral cultures of Singaporeans.
Location: 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s new icon, a 101-hectare horticultural attraction, certainly seems to be the nation’s most beautiful with more than 380 thousand plants in huge domed conservatories. Less than a five-minute walk from Marina Bay, the Gardens is split into three waterfront spaces: Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central, which connects the first two.
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Spotting this archetypal symbol of Singapore is easy when you're in the vicinity of the Merlion Park and One Fullerton. The body symbolises Singapore's humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning 'sea town' in Old Javanese. Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay. You can glimpse this legend at Merlion Park. Spouting water from its mouth, the Merlion statue stands tall at 8.6 metres and weighs 70 tonnes.
Location: One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
National Gallery Singapore
National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery is housed in two national monuments—former Supreme Court and City Hall—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue in the heart of the Civic District.
Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery will feature Singapore and Southeast Asian art in its long-term and special exhibitions. It will also work with leading museums worldwide to co-present Southeast Asian art in a wider context, positioning Singapore as a regional and international hub for the visual arts.
Location: 1 St Andrew’s Road #01-01, Singapore 178957
Marina Bay's giant, 42-storey, 165m observation wheel continues to pull a mix of tourists and locals who come for the breath taking, 360-degree views of the city available from one of 28 air-conditioned, UV-protected capsules. Each flight lasts 30 minutes and on a clear day the panorama from the top of the wheel stretches into neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia.
Location: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
Future World: Where Art Meets Science
Duration: 1 April 2016, Friday – 31 December 2016, Saturday
Venue: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956
Explore a fully immersive 1500-square metre digital universe, where 15 spectacular art installations are brought to life and evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Be amazed as this stunning interactive world responds to your behaviour, and changes according to your creative input. Find out more here. Book your tickets here.
Exploring our World’s Heritage Exhibition
Duration: 23 July 2016, Saturday, 0900 hours
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road Singapore 259569
For over 150 years, Singapore Botanic Gardens has been the birth place of South East Asia's rubber and orchid industries. A walk through Tanglin / Heritage Core of the Gardens will evoke memories of bygone days where ladies stroll through the Gardens with the parasols and long skirts. Highlights of the tour include the Bandstand, sculptures in the Gardens, the Heritage Trees, the Main Gate, the Saraca Stream Walk. Find out more here.
Singapore Food Festival 2016
Duration: From July 2016 – August 2016 (To be confirmed)
The Singapore Food Festival is an annual celebration of our local food culture. In its 21st year, this highly anticipated annual event showcases the richness and diversity of Singapore’s culinary landscape.
Singapore Garden Festival
Duration: 23 July 2016, Saturday – 31 July 2016, Sunday
Venue: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Enter a magical world of exciting garden designs and exquisite floral creations as Singapore goes into full bloom this July at the Singapore Garden Festival 2016. Whether you are a serious gardener, hobbyist or just looking for a wonderful day out with the family, you are in for delightful treats at the Festival. Held at the award winning Gardens by the Bay, this year’s Festival promises to be more spectacular than ever before. Find out more here. Book your tickets here.
The Great Singapore Sale 2016
Duration: 3 June 2016, Friday – 14 August 2016, Sunday
Venue: Various venues in Singapore
Singapore's biggest sale of the year is here! Shop till you drop and enjoy great deals on just about everything, from fashion to jewellery, electronics to toys, even spa treatments, hotel stays, F&B and visits to local attractions for a total lifestyle experience. Singapore's biggest and most exciting shopping event returns with a host of unbeatable deals to entice anyone from casual browsers to diehard shoppers. Also in store are exciting events, fantastic prizes and rewards, late night shopping and other offers, including dining and wellness.
The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps
Duration: Now – 16 October 2016, Sunday
Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23B Coleman Street Singapore 179807
Singapore stamps document the growth of the nation, archiving trials, tribulations, achievements and aspirations. Journey through 50 years of our nation’s progress with specially selected stamps, philatelic materials and rarely seen original stamp artworks. Let these remarkable treasures tell you the story of Singapore in a way only they can. Find out more here.
Van Cleef and Arpels: The Art & Science of Gems
Duration: 23 April 2016, Saturday – 14 August 2016, Sunday
Venue: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956
Gemology and the history of Van Cleef and Arpels come together in this exhibition, which celebrates the innovation of the jewellery house throughout the years. In partnership with the French National Museum of National History, the ArtScience Museum takes you through over 450 precious jewels and pieces, across nine rooms with seven themes. Highlights of the multi-sensory experience are: the bird clip and pendant from the ‘70s, also the emblem of the exhibition; a zip necklace made of gold, platinum, rubies and diamonds that transforms into a bracelet; and a peony clip commissioned by the HRH Princess of Egypt. Find out more here. Book your tickets here.
As night falls, Singapore takes on another persona to offer a vibrant array of nightlife and entertainment choices. There are nightclubs for the party hedonists to revel the night away; bars and lounges for the thirsty hippos and chill cats; and live entertainment venues for the livewire revellers. Visit YourSingapore website to learn more about the various nightlife options.
Food has a sacred status in Singapore. Your trip here is not completed till you’ve tried the various cuisines and signature dishes. To begin with, there is a wide variety of cuisines for your picking but the main ones are Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan. Some of the must-try dishes include Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Fish Head Curry, Chilli Crab and Ayam Buah Keluak. They are sure to leave you lip-smacking, if not full with delight. So get ready for a sumptuous feast, and delight your taste buds. Find out more here.
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