Fort Canning Park:
Formerly known as the ‘Forbidden Hill’, the Fort Canning Park is amongst the most historic places in Singapore. In the 1300s, the hill on which Fort Canning Park is located was the seat of the great Malay rulers of Singapore. Colonial rulers, later, used it as their official residence. It was converted into a military base during the World War II. Fort Canning Park is a place where you will fell close to nature. Take your camera along and go for a walk in the park – you will have plenty of pictures to click. Various performances and concerts also take place at the park. Major attractions at the Fort Canning Park include the Keramat Iskander Syah (the sacred burial ground of a Malay ruler), the Fort Gate, Spice Garden, the ASEAN Sculpture Garden and the Battle Box – a former underground military complex.
Enter the fascinating world of movies at Universal Studios and venture behind the screen. Experience the magic that conjures blockbusters on the screen, meet your favorite characters from animated films, feel the high of adventure filled roller coaster rides and get mesmerized by shows on the silver screen. Visit the Hollywood boulevard at the Studios and ride the famous Walk of Fame. Splendid fireworks lighting the night sky in tandem with brilliant music along with many other attractions will take your breath away. Universal Studios give you a glimpse of life in the city that never sleeps, New York. The city skylines merged with street entertainment create an unimaginable aura of the Big Apple. Sci-Fi City takes you through the intergalactic battles, the Transformers ride and other vibrant portals. Stroll through the streets of the Egypt zone and discover the pharaohs in a new light. Treasure hunts form an exciting part of the journey. Savor the unique cuisines of every zone at the Universal Studios while shopping for your favorite movie costumes and accessories. The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar zones amplify the experience of visiting the enchanting world at the Universal Studios.
Singapore Botanic Gardens:
The appealing Singapore Botanic Gardens holds the divisions of being the only botanic garden in the world that opens from 5 am to midnight every single day and does not charge any admission fee save for the National Orchid Garden. The Singapore Botanic Gardens was ranked number one amongst all the appeals in Singapore by TripAdvisor in 2011. The National Orchid Garden has the world’s largest orchid display featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids. The botanic gardens also have Jacob Ballas Children’s garden where your children can play and learn about the plant life. Do look out for Tembusu – a native plant that is reported to be more than 150 years old.
Kranji War Memorial:
Kranji War Memorial honours the men and women from the countries of Sri Lanka, India, Malaya, Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Netherlands who died defending Singapore and Malaya during the Second World War. The war memorial has 12 standing memorial walls that have inscribed on them the names of 25,000 allied soldiers killed in the war whose bodies were never recovered. The war memorial has the war graves, the state cemetery, the memorial walls and the military graves. Every year, on the Sunday nearest to November11, Singaporeans observe the Remembrance Sunday or Veterans’ Day to pay tribute to the brave people who gave their lives to defend Singapore.
Mint Museum of Toys:
Whether it’s a two year old kid or a 50 year old gentleman, everyone just loved toys. And if you are a toy aficionado, you would just want to spend the rest of your life at Mint Museum of Toys. It is the world’s first purpose built toy museum which showcases a private collection of vintage toys. The collection includes rare and unique one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world. The collection includes more than 3,000 pieces of vintage toys collected from more than 25 countries. So take a tour with your children in tow (who would absolutely go bonkers at the Mint Museum of Toys) meet your favorite toys of past and present like the Batman, Popeye the Sailor, Teddy Bear, Dan Dare, Tintin and many more.
The City Hall has been declared as one of the national monuments of Singapore. The building was completed in 1929 and was originally known as Municipal Building. It became the Singapore Judiciary in 1987. The historic building has witnessed and staged some of the most significant events in the history of Singapore. The British accepted the surrender of the Japanese army at the City Hall on 12 September 1945 which formally ended the Japan’s occupation of Singapore. It was here that Lee Kuan Yew, as Prime Minister, proclaimed self-government for Singapore on 5 June 1959. The merger with Malaysia on 16 September 1963 was announced here. When Singapore separated from Malaysia, the first fully-independent Singapore Government was sworn in at City Hall on 9 August 1965. Right now the City Hall is closed and will reopen in 2015 when it will be merged with former Supreme Court Building to form a gallery to house Singapore’s national art collection.
The Southern Ridges:
The Southern Ridges is an ancient area that has been blessed with some of the enormous gifts of nature’s allure. The Southern Bridges attaches Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park. Spread across an area of 9 kilometres, the ridge provides some of the most spectacular views across Singapore. Photographers have a field day at the ridge as not only do they get to take stunning panoramic pictures of the harbor and Southern islands, they also get to observe and take pictures of brightly foliaged birds and flowers. The main attractions at the ridge include the Canopy, Hilltop and Forest Walks. The distinctive Henderson Waves, the highest bridge in Singapore, connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park.
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple:
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is considered as one of the oldest temples in Singapore. Located in Little India, the temple is built in the traditional South Indian style of architecture with a tall gopuram. The temple was built in 1855 while the gopuran was added in 1966. The beautiful gopuram has different incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Once you step into the temple, you will come across the scared statues of Perumal (Lord Vishnu), Goddesses Lakshmi and Andal and Lord Vishnu’s bird mount Garuda.
Recognised as a national monument, Chijmes is a magnificently structured historical building complex in Singapore. Chijmes was once a home to a catholic school known as Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) and their convent quarters known as Caldwell House. It was designed by George Coleman who also designed the Parliament House of Singapore. The most remarkable feature of the building complex was the Gothic style chapel with stunning stained glass windows. You must look out for the Gate of Hope where babies born in the year of the Tiger used to be abandoned.Today it is one of the prime lifestyle destinations in Singapore. It houses an array of boutiques, restaurants, bars, entertainment options and much more.
S E A Aquarium:
Step into the world’s largest aquarium and discover the intriguing ocean and its even more intriguing creatures. Through the transparent glass panels, immerse yourself in the study of more than 800 marine inhabitants of the aquarium. The aquarium is home to some of the most awful sea critters like Napoleon wrasse, manta rays, and colossal goliath groupers. Take pictures of the ocean’s greatest predators – the crook.
The Peranakan Museum preserves and explores the culture, history and traditions of the Peranakan communities of Singapore, Penang, Malacca and other parts of Southeast Asia. The museum is housed in the former Tao Nan Chinese School and has galleries on three floors that illustrate the unique visual arts of the Peranakans. Gallery 1, titled Origins, introduces you to the Peranakan culture and various Peranakan communities. Gallery 2 to 5, walks you through the traditional 12-day long Peranakan wedding. Gallery 6, titled Nonya, showcases the exemplary art and crafts of the Nonyas. Gallery 7 illustrates the religious faiths and beliefs of the Peranakans. Gallery 8 tells you about the states of commerce and politics in the Peranakan communities. It also tells you about the social affairs and life of prominent Peranakans in Singapore’s history. Gallery 9 talks about the food habits of the Peranakans. Gallery 10 discusses the life of modern Peranakans and their thoughts on their heritage and the future of their culture. The most popular artifact in the museum is the Peranakan Wedding Bed which once belonged to Mrs. Quah Hong Chiam of Penang.
River Safari is one of the most loved and visited attractions of Singapore. It is the first and the only river themed wildlife park in Asia and has many fun and adventurous activities to offer. The theme park is based on some of the world’s most prominent rivers like the Amazon, Ganges, Mississippi, Nile, Congo, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze. Every river has its own adventure and wildlife to offer. The River Safari theme park also has a Panda Forest which is the largest panda exhibit in southeast China. Children, once they are in the River Safari, do not ever want to leave! The River Safari has the world’s largest freshwater aquarium exhibit which has been aptly named as the Amazon Flooded Forests. The River Safari also provides complimentary Amazon River Quest boat rides.