Bronze Bathers is the most playful of the life-sized statues that make up Singapore's "People of the River." Chijmes is a historical convent known for taking in bad luck babies left on its doorstep (now an upscale shopping center) From prostitutes to soldiers to business men, the dead in Japanese Cemetery Park are a microcosm of Singapore's history with Japan.

Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Singapore's last surviving traditional village, is hidden among giant skyscrapers and modern infrastructure. According to fictional Kcymaerxthaereal history, a powerful woman with a voice whose beauty could not be concealed found solace at Place of Refuge at the Majestic Hotel in Singapore.

The Trick Eye Museum (Sentosa MRT Station) at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore houses six zones with different themes such as ‘Safari’ and ‘Circus’. Each features three-dimensional paintings and optical illusion masterpieces that make for crazy photo ops. Originating from Korea, the Trick Eye Museum.

Singapore Expo (near the airport) is one of Southeast Asia’s largest exhibition spaces, with 60,000 square meters (645,161 square feet) and an architectural wonder. Make sure and take notice of the first stop—Expo Station—on the train form the airport. It features a dramatic stainless disc and a concourse roof designed by the Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Norman Foster. The station’s stainless steel skin reflects away heat and makes the station surprisingly cool. At night the undersides reflect the lights of the trains.

Among the place that, unfortunately, are now permanently closed are the Umbrella Trees, colorful umbrella-covered trees in Singapore's Little India; The Clinic, a place what it said you could get sangria served in IV bag; Changi Junk Store, described as closer to a historical restoration center than a junk store; and the Sungei Road Thieves Market, a spot know for its “disorderly bric-a-brac and unsavory characters.

Tiger Balm Garden

Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Garden, southwest of downtown Singapore) is the ultimate in oriental kitsch. Built in the 1930s for his younger brother by Aw Boon Haw, the man who invented and made a fortune from Tiger Balm ointment, it features walking paths, artificial caves and gaudy, brightly- painted figures from Chinese history and mythology. The intent, reportedly, is to give viewers some idea of the what is waiting for them in mainly in Buddhist hell. The main attraction are the grotesque plaster and stone figures of demons and scenes from Chinese myth and legend. "First time visitors," writes Roger Warner in Smithsonian magazine, "are almost always amazed, baffled and sometimes seen disgusted by the garishly painted figures of animals, warlords, and ancient and modern allegorical scenes."

Previously known as ‘Tiger Balm Gardens’,Haw Par Villa was later renamed after its former owners, the Aw brothers – Boon Haw and Boon Par, who made a fortune in the early 1900s selling Tiger Balm, a cure-all paste created by their father. Aw Boon Par, the younger brother, lived here before it was turned into a tourist attraction. Aw Boon Haw lived in similar surroundings in a villa in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong property was purchased in 1998 by the billionaire Li Ka-shing, who has proposed demolishing it 1999 and replacing it with apartments.

Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world, with over 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas that dramatise Chinese legends and folklore. Founded on Chinese legends and values, this historical theme park has large, imposing statues from famous legends of old – featuring characters like Fu Lu Shou, Confucius and the Laughing Buddha. The most well-known is probably the Ten Courts of Hell exhibit, which depicts scenes of punishment and reincarnation popular to Buddhist belief. This is followed by Journey into the West, which retells the classic Chinese legend of monk Xuanzang in his search of Buddhist scriptures. Prepare to be fascinated by stories and images of ancient times here at Haw Par Villa, told vividly through storytelling.

Hours and Days Open: Daily 9:00am - 7:00pm; Admission Fee: Free; Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118628, Tel: (65) 6872 2780 Nearest MRT Station: Haw Par Villa MRT station (CC25) is an underground Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station on the Circle Line

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Madame Tussauds (Harbourfront) features a number of international superstars which you can pose next to or take selfies with. There is also an the indoor boat ride, Spirit of Singapore, which features our native plants, models of sightseeing attractions, and glimpses into local culture, such as a re-enactment of a traditional Chinese opera. The Marvel 4D Experience brings to life Marvel’s most loved Super Heroes have been brought to life. with high impact special effects, moving seats and characters that burst out of screen

World Leaders wax figures: Mao Zedong, Nelson Mandela, Yusof Ishak, Mahatma Gandhi, Sukarno, Lee Kuan Yew and wife Kwa Geok Choo, Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Goh Chok Tong, Lee Hsien Loong, Narendra Modi, President Xi and First Lady Peng Liyuan, Joko Widodo,

Sports wax figures: Cristiano Ronaldo, Sachin Tendulkar, David Beckham, Feng Tianwei, Lewis Hamilton, Muhammad Ali, Rudy Hartono, Sebastian Vettel, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Yao Ming,

Film star and A-List wax figures: Daniel Craig as James Bond, Tom Cruise, Marilyn Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator, Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jack Neo, Gurmit Singh as Phua Chu Kang, E.T., Mahesh babu as Indian actor, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Andy Lau, Michelle Yeoh, Huang Wenyong, Zoe Tay, Nicole Kidman Nearest MRT Station: Harbourfront.

Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport (also known as Jewel or Jewel Changi, on the landside of Changi Airport) is a nature-themed entertainment and retail complex, Linked to three of its passenger terminals, the centrepiece is the world's tallest indoor waterfall, named the Rain Vortex, which is surrounded by a terraced forest setting. Jewel includes gardens, attractions, a hotel, aviation facilities and more than 300 retail and dining facilities. It covers a total gross floor area of 135,700 square meters, spanning 10 storeys – five above-ground and five basement levels. Its attractions also include the Shiseido Forest Valley, an indoor garden spanning five storeys, the Canopy Park at the topmost level, featuring more gardens and leisure facilities. Jewel receives about 300,000 visitors a day. In October 2019, six months after its soft opening, it had already welcomed 50 million visitors, exceeding its initial target for the whole of the first year.

Sanjay Surana wrote in the New York Times: “At first glance, visitors to the new Jewel complex at Singapore’s Changi Airport might feel like they have entered some mythical dimension. An indoor waterfall — the tallest in the world — drops 130 feet from an oculus the size of a bus. A Canopy Park has nets for bouncing and walking strung as high as 80 feet above the ground. A forest of 1,400 trees provides greenery and shade. [Source: Sanjay Surana, New York Times, April 11, 2019]

“The multi-floored Jewel, an asymmetrical toroid-shaped building between the airport’s existing terminals and the air-traffic control tower, opens officially on April 17. The result of four years of construction and $1.25 billion in investment, the commercial and entertainment structure aims to do what no other building has done: make an airport the destination. “Singapore is a tourist destination, but 30 percent of the people coming through Changi don’t visit,” said Ivan Tan, a senior vice president for Changi Airport Group. The country wants to draw those passengers on connecting flights, get them out to experience a taste of Singapore, so that they might come back for a longer stay.

“The centerpiece of the building is the Forest Valley with a terraced garden, and its heart is the Rain Vortex waterfall. The top floor, called Canopy Park, features bouncing and walking nets, a 165-foot sky bridge, two mazes (one with mirrors, the other hedges), a giant slide, and eight bars and restaurants. The exterior of the 10-story building, which was designed by the architect Moshe Safdie and built by CapitaLand, an Asian developer, is made of glass and crisscrossed with an aluminum-and-steel framework, allowing the entire interior to be bathed in natural light.

“The Jewel is an airport mall on steroids: In total, there are 280 retail outlets and food and beverage stops. Familiar stores line the floors — Foot Locker, Nike, the first Shake Shack in Southeast Asia — as well as local Singaporean brands like Naiise and Supermama. Other amenities include a 130-room Yotelair hotel, a full-size supermarket, an 11-screen cinema, and — don’t forget it’s an airport — early check-in counters. Mr. Tan and other officials hope that the amenities will lure travelers to leave the terminals during their layovers, even for a short time. (Singapore’s entry policy, which allows citizens of about four-fifths of the world’s countries to enter without a visa, should help.) For that reason the Jewel was designed to adjoin one terminal and link to two others by footbridges (passengers in Terminal 4 need a shuttle bus).”

Hours and Days Open: 24 hours; Address:Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd; Website: : Nearest MRT Station and Getting There: Changi Airport MRT Station on the East West Line via the Changi Airport Branch Line. By Public Bus: Services 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110 and 858. At the airport itself, Jewel is directly connected to Terminal 1 and can be accessed from both Terminal 2 and 3 via air-conditioned pedestrian bridges. Visitors from Terminal 4 can take the free shuttle bus service from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2, and enter Jewel via the pedestrian link bridge.

Helix Bridge

Helix Bridge (linking Marina Bay to Marina Centre) is located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, alongside the vehicular Bayfront Bridge, it was officially opened on 24 April 2010 and is the world’s first curved bridge.

This 280-meter pedestrian linkway — the longest in Singapore — features a world’s first ‘double-helix’ structure, designed by an international design consortium, comprising of Australian architects Cox Group and engineers Arup, together with Singapore-based Architects 61. Inspired by the yin and yang concept in Asian culture, the architecturally unique bridge is said to bring wealth, happiness and prosperity to Marina Bay.

The Helix Bridge is an engineering feat assembled with great precision. Its curved design is created by two opposing spiral steel members, held together by a series of connecting struts, symbolising “life and continuity”, “renewal”, “everlasting abundance” and “growth”, and resembles the structure of DNA.

One of the connecting bridges links the three waterfront gardens at Marina South, Marina East and Marina Centre, to form a continuous public waterfront loop, while also linking the Double Helix Bridge to the Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.

You can catch a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline and watch events taking place at the Bay from one of its five viewing platforms sited at strategic locations. Fritted-glass and steel glass canopies providing shade and seats are also available at resting points. View paintings and drawings by youths along this crossing, or enhance your bridge crossing experience at night with lights that illuminate the steel structure to create different moods. For a memorable experience, be sure to visit this engineering marvel situated in the heart of the city. Nearest MRT Station: seven minute walk from Promenade MRT station.

Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay

Supertree Grove (in Gardens by the Bay) is a vertical garden with towering trees and large canopies. Measuring between 25 and 50 meters (82 to 160 feet) tall, they bloom amidst an exciting display of lights and sounds at night. Erected by the National Parks Board, the 18 mechanical trees are solar-powered. Singapore calls the trees vertical gardens, but their real purpose is to generate solar power, act as venting ducts, collect rainwater, provide shading and work as environmental engines for the gardens.

The Supertrees were conceived and designed by Grant Associates, with the imaginative engineering of Atelier One and Atelier Ten. They are home to groups of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants. They are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees: photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees (such as lighting), similar to how trees photosynthesize, and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, similar to how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories' cooling systems. [Source: Wikipedia]

There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a panoramic aerial view of the Gardens. Every night, at 7:45pm and 8:45pm, the Supertree Grove comes alive with a coordinated light and music show known as the Garden Rhapsody. The accompanying music to the show changes every month or so, with certain themes such as A World of Wonder and A Night of Musical Theatre, which features excerpts/pieces from films like Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean. Nearest MRT Station: Gardens by the Bay MRT

Flower Dome at at Gardens by the Bay

The Flower Dome is a gigantic air-conditioned glass greenhouse that has themed gardens with many exotic plants and rare flora. Named the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012, this futuristic greenhouse houses a changing display of different types of flowers, plants, and trees in the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions. It is one of the most visited attractions of Singapore.

The climate inside the Flower Dome is a replica of the cool dry Mediterranean climate. Flowers from various parts of the world like South Africa, Central Chile, California, South West Australia and Mediterranean basin, are grown inside, Particularly fascinating is the thematic flower field display designed by award-winning guest designer Kazuyuki Ishihara. Among the more interesting trees are African baobabs, surrounded by fascinating succulents. At night, the Flower Dome is bathed in glittering lights,

List in Guinness World Records, “Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world, built with 3,332 glass panels in 42 different shapes and with a capacity for 1,000 people. Berenice García wrote in DINK Travelers: “This enclosure shelters a great variety of flowers and plants from all over the world, from dry to Mediterranean climates. It is divided in 8 beautiful gardens, so the visit is truly a wonderful experience. The amazing visual spectacle full of colors and shapes will make you reflect on the importance of taking care of the planet and preserving the species of flowers that constitute the world´s natural heritage. [Source: Berenice García, DINK Travelers, February 9, 2018]

We recommend you to take a light sweater with you. The Flower Dome has a special climate control for the preservation of the species, so the temperature is a little cold (as opposed to Singapore´s usual weather). Take at least half a day for your visit and enjoy the Flower Dome´s wonderful festival of natural colors. In the afternoon, discover other attractions at Gardens by the Bay and, once the evening hits, enjoy the view of the bay and the illuminated sculptures from above at the Supertree Grove. Operating Hours: 9.00am - 9.00pm daily, Last ticket sale: 8.00pm, Last admission: 8.00pmm Peak hours are from 4.00pm - 7.00pm daily, Longer waiting time may be experienced. Admission: Standard Rate for both Flower Dome and Cloud Forest: Adult: $28; Child (3-12 years old): $15. Nearest MRT Station: Gardens by the Bay MRT

Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay

The Cloud Forest (connected to the Flower Dome) attempts to replicate a tropical cloud forest in a greenhouse. It has a tall waterfall amid the soaring vegetation and is located in an extension of the glass and steel Flower Dome. Inside, you will a find a 35-meter high roller coaster covered by a manmade mantle of vegetation and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, both veiled in mist. You will discover the flora that grows in Malaysia´s Mount Kinabalu and in other parts of South America and Africa.

The Cloud Forest is higher but slightly smaller at 0.8 hectares (2.0 acres) than the Flower Dome. It replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) above sea level, found in South-East Asia, Middle- and South America. It features a 42-metre (138 ft) "Cloud Mountain", accessible by an elevator, and visitors will be able to descend the mountain via a circular path where a 35-metre (115 ft) waterfall provides visitors with refreshing cool air. [Source: Wikipedia]

The "Cloud Mountain" itself is an intricate structure completely clad in epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, peacock ferns, spike- and clubmosses, bromeliads and anthuriums. The design by Grant Associates was inspired by the Maiden Hair Fungus and consists of a number of levels, each with a different theme, including The Lost World, The Cavern, The Waterfall View, The Crystal Mountain, The Cloud Forest Gallery, The Cloud Forest Theatre and The Secret Garden.

Operating Hours: 9.00am - 9.00pm daily, Last ticket sale: 8.00pm, Last admission: 8.00pmm Peak hours are from 4.00pm - 7.00pm daily, Longer waiting time may be experienced. Admission: Standard Rate for both Flower Dome and Cloud Forest: Adult: $28; Child (3-12 years old): $15. Nearest MRT Station: Gardens by the Bay MRT

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer (on Marina Bay) is the world's second largest observation wheel (a large Ferris wheel). It is 165 meters (541 feet) tall and has 28 capsules, each about the size of a mini-bus and able to hold 28 people. The largest in the High Roller (168 meters, 550 feet), which opened in Las Vegas in 2014. Opened in 2008 the Singapore Flyer was the largest observation wheel for about six years. The London Eye(135 meters, 443 feet) is the forth largest. Star of Nanchang - (160 meters, 525 feet) in Nanchang, China is the third largest.

The Singapore Flyers was built by the Great Wheel Corp. From the top you can see Malaysia and Indonesia. Unlike cramped, old-style Ferris wheel carriages which hang in the open air, the Singapore Flyer and other large observation wheels feature fixed "capsules". The 28 capsules are air conditioned. Passengers can walk around and do not feel movement or vibration during the 30-minute ride. "You can put over 1000 people an hour on the wheel," David Beevers, general manager of the Singapore Flyer, told AFP, adding that they expect to host about 10 million people a year.

AFP reported: Developers of Singapore Flyer said there was no comparison between a giant slowly-rotating observation wheel and a Ferris wheel. "We don't use the F-word," Florian Bollen, the chairman of Singapore Flyer, told reporters. For S$29.50, walk-in passengers will get a 360-degree view of up to 45 kilometers (28 miles) across the island republic and into neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia on the 30-minute ride, the developers said. Higher-priced tickets include food and drinks. [Source: Agence France Presse, Februray 11, 2008]

“The Singapore Flyer project, worth about S$240 million, is a private venture backed mainly by German investors. The wheel was built by Mitsubishi Corp and Takenaka Corp of Japan. The Singapore Flyer is being marketed as a venue for activities ranging from business meetings to weddings. Packages for Valentine's Day are also being offered. Though a majority of revenue is expected to come from corporate clients and travel agents, the Flyer's marketing agent said 20 percent will be reserved for walk-in customers. Shops, restaurants and a tropical rainforest are among the attractions at the site that passengers can explore before "takeoff".”

In July 2008, the Flyer was stopped because of a minor fault in the braking system. In early December 2008, the wheel was stuck for nearly five hours due to bad weather and some 70 people were stranded. In late December 2008, the wheel stopped and trapped 173 passengers for about six hours due to a short circuit and fire in the Flyer's wheel control room, which cut off the air-conditioning in the wheel. Eleven passengers were evacuated via a sling-like device from a few of the capsules, and those stranded were given food and drink. In June 2013, operations were temporarily suspended to protect employees from record-high pollution levels in Singapore, the first time the Flyer had shut due to haze. In January 2018, operations were suspended due to a technical issue. All 61 passengers on board were brought to ground. Operations were suspended for two months. [Source: Wikipedia]

In May 2013, the Singapore Flyer announced that it was in receivership. In 2014, Merlin Entertainments, the British firm behind the famous London Eye and Legoland theme parks abandoned its talks to acquire the S$240-million tourist attraction. In August 2014, Straco Leisure Pte. Ltd. announced that it had acquired Singapore Flyer. Singapore-based Straco operates tourist attractions in China such as the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and Underwater World Xiamen.

Hours and Days Open: Daily 8:30am – 10:30pm; Last Admission at 10:15pm; Ticket Sales: 8:00am – 10:00pm; Website:; Admission Fee:: Adult (13 years or older) S$33; Child (3-12 years old) S$21; Seniors (60 years old and above) S$24; Family Combo (2 Adults & 1 Child), S$78; Children below the age of 3 are allowed to ride for free. Nearest MRT Station: Promenade Station (Downtown Line DT15 / Circle Line, CC4), Eight-minute walk from Exit A; look out for blue pedestrian signs to Singapore Flyer.

Flight Experience Singapore

Flight Experience Singapore (ION Sky) is a flight simulator that fully replicates a commercial jet. It offers a fully-immersive experience as you take to the skies controlling a Boeing 737-80, in a fully-enclosed cockpit with full functioning avionics and photorealistic visuals. You can even bring passengers along for the ride.

Fly a Boeing 737-800 in and out of 24,000 airports all around the world in the flight experience simulator, which is a fully-enclosed cockpit that has full functioning avionics. Licensed by Boeing and approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia, this is where pilot hopefuls can get individualised, hands-on flying experience with real, licensed pilots.

The simulator boasts state-of-the-art features, such as a 180-degree wrap-around screen which projects stunningly accurate visuals of scenery and terrain. Choose iconic world landmarks to fly over in your flight routes and log instrument flight hours as you refine your take-offs and landings on the runway. For example, you can fly into Paris in semi-darkness at dusk or view the picturesque sights of Rome overhead from the air.

There are various flight packages to pick from and you can bring passengers along for the ride. Those wanting to learn how to fly the simulator solo can join the flying club, while pilots can prepare for airline simulator assessments with qualified instructors in the state-of-the-art flight simulator as well. Children can also join in on the fun, learning the basics of aviation as they are guided by professional pilots. The young ones also receive flight certificates at the end of their session.

You can purchase a DVD of your flight as a memento and there is a licensed Boeing store where you can snag some merchandise.; Admission Charges $175 - $395; Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, Tel: (65) 6339 2737? Website: : Nearest MRT Station: Promenade Station (Downtown Line DT15 / Circle Line, CC4).

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Text Sources: Singapore tourism websites, Singapore government websites, UNESCO, Wikipedia, Lonely Planet guides, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, AFP, Japan News, Yomiuri Shimbun, Compton's Encyclopedia and various books and other publications.

Updated in August 2020

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