Singapore: sights, hotels, images and video
The city state of Singapore is one of the most interesting and inspiring city of all South-east Asia. Officially called the Republic of Singapore, it is a set of islands located in the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, south of Thailand. Singapore is said to be the world’s most globalised city, with a long history of immigration and a expatriate community. It has today a population of around 5 million consisting of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and with about 40% of the city being foreigners both students and workers. It is the world’s second most densely populated city right after Monaco. This cosmopolitan city, which is part of the four East Asian Tigers (with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan) also play a fundamental role in the finance and international trade world. Its port is one of the busiest in Asia and the country is considered one of the world’s most technologically advanced. It has the number one spot on the quality of life list across Asia, and is on the 11th position worldwide. The latest Singapore statistics claimed a GDP growth of 17.9% for the first half of 2010, which would represent the fastest-growing economy in the world.
Singapore’s City centre, also referred to as the Central Business District can be easily compared to the down-town of any big metropolis including NYC, London or Tokyo. Its centre consists of the beautiful Riverside district where skyscrapers are being built one after the other, the famous shopping Orchard Road and the smaller but very interesting Bugis Street, Chinatown and Little India.
The central Singapore main areas include:
- Civic District: Singapore business district
- Orchard Road: Singapore shopping paradise
- Chinatown: Singapore Chinese community
- Little India: Singapore India community
- Bugis Street: Singapore largest street-shopping location
The Riverside also called the Civic District contains the majority of all the city skyscrapers. It is where you may find the city’s top restaurants, bars and exclusives boutiques.
Orchard Road is Singapore shopping paradise with shopping malls one after the other. Many are dozen levels high and some are even open 24 hours. Some believe it might be the most densely shop populated area in the world.
The Chinatown district is a popular area south of the river, with a strong Chinese community and filled with many good value shops, restaurants and pagodas.
The Little India district, situated north of the Riverside is another culturally rich place of the city ideal to enjoy spicy Indian cuisine or for a made to measure piece of clothing.
The Bugis Street district is another famous place for shopping enthusiast offering a multitude of bargain markets, shopping malls, restaurants and nightspots. It is said to be the largest street-shopping location in Singapore.
Outside the city centre
The East Coast is largely a residential district of Singapore where the world famous Changi Airport and the red light Geylang district are located. The west coast of the island is mostly known for the Sentosa Island, which during the last decade underwent a huge transformation from a military fort into a world class Disneyland-type resort. It is ideal for a kid’s day out but offering attractions for grown up as well with such things as gambling and the Universal Studio.
Singapore top sights
Singapore is a city that offers so much from incredible hotels to luxury shopping passing by a variety of amazing Asian cuisine. Although there are so many wonderful attractions one can visit, some of our favourite include:
- Merlion: Singapore’s city emblem
- Marina Bay Sands: Singapore’s most famous hotel and casino complex
- Sands SkyPark: world’s largest observation deck
- Helix bridge: Singapore’s double-helix DNA structure
- Singapore Flyer: world’s biggest observation wheel
- National Museum: Singapore’s oldest Museum
- Sunttec City: Singapore’s largest commercial development
The Merlion, the emblem of the city is a mix of a fish body with a lion’s head. Designed by Mr Fraser Brunner in 1964 it symbolises the legend of the rediscovery of Singaporu.
The Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay complex is the newest arrival of Singapore’s marina district and might well soon become its symbol. This architecturally unique complex offers a 2,560-room hotel, a huge casino, various high end shopping malls and "celebrity chef" restaurants, theatres, an Art & Science museum and one of Asia’s biggest convention-exhibition centres. It is said to be the world’s most expensive casino development reaching a total cost of around S$8 billion
One of the most breathtaking piece of the Marina Bay complex is the Sands SkyPark. A structural masterpiece floating on top of the three hotel towers 200m in the sky. With its 12,400 square meters of space, it is the world’s largest observation deck and can accommodate up to 3,900 people. It offers unprecedented views of downtown Singapore, especially at night. The very long infinity pool is the cherry the tops this remarkable engineering wonder.
The Helix Bridge also known as the Double Helix Bridge located within the Marina Bay is a pedestrian bridge linking the Marina Centre with Marina South. It resembles the double-helix structure, with different colours lighted at night representing the four bases of DNA.
The Singapore Flyer is currently the biggest observation wheel in the world, even a few meters bigger than the famous London Eye. (However Shanghai is currently building a taller version). It offers breathtaking views of every side of the city skyline.
National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest and one of the most interesting museums of the city. It offers numerous permanent exhibitions including the Singapore History Gallery showing the country’s presidents and multiple “Living” galleries about fashion, food and photography. It also constantly exposes special exhibitions such as the portrait photography gallery.
Suntec City is one of the largest commercial developments in Singapore and is filled with various shopping centres and offices. It was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects which incorporated some essential feng shui principles. It is located in the Marina Centre, constituted of five buildings (plus the convention centre) arranged in such as way to resemble a person left hand. In the heart of the complex is the Fountain of Wealth appearing like a golden ring in the palm of the hand. It is said that going around the fountain 3 times clockwise by touching the water with your right hand will grant your wish.
Singapore best hotels
Singapore has some of the world’s most sought after accommodations. We have selected some of the finest and 4 Stars hotels offering great value for money.
Check out the best hotel deals in Singapore, with up to 75% discount.
The best rated luxury hotels in Singapore include:
- Raffles Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Fullerton Hotel, 5 Stars Hotel
- Marina Bay Sands, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, 5 Stars Hotel
The following is a selection of some of Singapore’s best photographs. It includes some of the city’s most important sites such as the Merlion, the Marina Bay Sands, the Sands SkyPark, the Helix Bridge, the Singapore Flyer and the National Museum.
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The following is an HD Film about the best of Singapore created by Mat Siems. It includes some of the city’s most important attractions such as the Merlion, the Marina Bay Sands, the Sands SkyPark, the Helix Bridge, the Singapore Flyer and the National Museum.