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Welcome to Singapore

Welcome to Singapore

Welcome to Singapore, home to a thriving mix of ethnic diversities and cultures. From humble beginnings as a fishing village and later a trading port town, Singapore has come a long way to become the bustling metropolis it is today. 

Within the region and the world, Singapore is recognised as an economic power house, leading the way forward in business, science, education and various other fields.

Singapore also offers a unique spectrum of arts and entertainment, reflective of the many cultures living together on one island. Featuring prominent arts venues such as National Gallery Singapore, and world-class attractions such as Gardens By The Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore is where it all happens!

Cultural Sightseeing

Chinatown

Bustling 5-foot ways, traditional medicinal halls and the impressive Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are some of the cultural pleasures that await you in Chinatown.

Joo Chiat

Ornate two-storey shophouses and colonial bungalows are a rare sight in Singapore. Take some time out to discover the multi-coloured, Peranakan neighbourhood of Joo Chiat.

Kampong Glam

Start at the landmark Sultan Mosque and wander through colourful sidewalks lined with traditional stores selling Persian carpets and handmade perfumes from the Middle East.

Little India

A brilliant display of colours and sounds await you in the bustling neighbourhood of Little India. Filled with a mix of temples, mosques and churches, this vibrant district is a true haven for culture lovers. 

History & Art

ArtScience Museum

As its name suggests, the ArtScience museum fuses art and science stunningly in its presentation of world-class exhibitions. Catch a continually changing line-up of international exhibitions at this iconic structure on Singapore’s waterfront.

Eurasian Heritage Center

Discover how East met West in the Eurasian Heritage Centre’s exhibitions. Learn about the history of Eurasians in Singapore and how their mixed traditions came about.

National Gallery Singapore

Housed within two iconic national monuments, the National Gallery of Singapore exhibits the region’s newest and most extensive collection of modern Southeast Asian art.

National Museum of Singapore

If you only have time to visit one place to learn about Singapore’s history, the National Museum of Singapore is probably it. Immerse yourself in the compelling narrative presented by Singapore’s oldest museum.

Nature

Coney Island Park

Cycle or trek through 50 hectares of coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves and woodlands at Coney Island Park. With 80 species of birds and the occasional otter, there is much on offer for nature enthusiasts.

Fort Canning Park

Once the fort of the British Army Barracks, Fort Canning Park is now chock full of gardens and greenery. Roam the park grounds and check out the Spice Garden and other nature trails.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site right in the city. Home to the world’s largest orchid display, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a wonderful nature retreat waiting to be explored.

The Southern Ridges

The Southern Ridges connect 10km of green, open spaces featuring a wide variety of flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Don’t miss the distinctive, undulating structure of Henderson Waves and the bird’s eye-view of the forest from the Canopy Walk.

Architecture

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Fondly known as “the Durian” by locals, the Esplanade is fitted with 7,000 glass sunshades that allow for a transparent facade minus the glare of the sun. As one of the world’s busiest arts centres, the Esplanade features a constant line-up of performing arts programmes.

Gardens by the Bay

Step into the spectacular Gardens by the Bay and delight in the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and perpetually flowering gardens. Walk through and above tree canopies and marvel at two of the world’s largest climate-controlled conservatories.

Helix Bridge

Touted as a feat of engineering, the Helix Bridge was modelled on the structure of DNA. It’s distinctive double-helix structure coupled with 4 glass pods over water, make it a favourite lookout point for visitors to Marina Bay.

Singapore Sports Hub

World Architecture Festival’s best sports building of 2014, the Singapore Sports Hub is the world’s first sporting arena to integrate advanced sporting infrastructure with lifestyle and entertainment facilities.

Leisure

Clarke Quay

Explore a myriad of open-air dining and nightlife options at Clarke Quay. Dine at floating restaurants or hop on a river cruise and dance the night away at trendy establishments along the Singapore River. 

Sentosa

An enticing selection of attractions, rides and holiday activities await families and thrill seekers at Sentosa. Its myriad leisure choices include beaches, nature trails, Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Wavehouse

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Take a walk on the wild side at one of Singapore’s award-winning zoological attractions. The Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo are some of the world’s best wildlife reserves.

Zouk

Zouk is a 25 year-old music-driven entertainment institution that provides a world-class clubbing experience by pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music and bringing in a constant flow of internationally renowned DJs. Recognized on the global clubbing stage as one of the best nightlife spots across its years of operation, the space promises to take all revellers into a new era of party experiences with an unparalleled packaged of top-notch dance music and world class service.

Shopping

Bugis

Explore high street fashion options at Bugis Junction then cross the connecting bridge to Bugis+ for youth fashion. Pick up bargains at Bugis Street, with over 600 shops offering everything from vintage wear to beauty services.

Jurong East

Indulge in retail therapy with five massive shopping malls in the same vicinity. Explore Big Box’s warehouse retail options, bargains at IMM’s factory outlets, fashion galore at JCube as well as family and lifestyle offerings at Westgate and JEM.

Westgate, JCube, Jem, IMM
Marina Bay

For the discerning visitor who appreciates the finer things in life, you don’t have to stray far for quality shopping. Head to Marina Bay, home to iconic malls like Suntec City, Marina Square and Millenia Walk, for fashion favourites close to the city.

Orchard Road

Once home to fruit plantations, Orchard Road is now Asia’s most renowned shopping district. Discover a plethora of international brands and dining options on this 2.2km shopping belt.

Food

Chijmes

Once a school and chapel, CHIJMES is now home to an enclave of top-notch restaurants and bars situated next to green lawns, marble waterfalls and courtyards

Dempsey Hill

Dine outdoors with a chilled glass of wine in hand at one of Dempsey Hill’s many alfresco bar and restaurant offerings.

Makansutra Gluttons Bay

You’ll be spoilt for choice at Makansutra Gluttons Bay. Feast on iconic national dishes like Singapore Chilli Crab and Satay whilst enjoying the view of the Marina Bay skyline.

Tiong Bahru

Discover a wide range of cuisine choices in one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates. Tiong Bahru is home to aromatic coffee roasters, delectable western cafes and traditional local fare.

Quick Facts on Singapore

WEATHER & ATTIRE

Singapore’s climate is typically hot and humid year-round with light showers during the day. It’s a good idea to bring light, breathable attire and an umbrella for those rainy days. Jackets are also recommended for use in air-conditioned offices and public buildings.

GST

The 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a consumption tax payable on most purchases. However, tourists can claim a GST refund if you spend more than $100 at participating shops. Find out more at:

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
  • Singapore Police Force – 999
  • Singapore Civil Defence Force (Ambulance/Fire Brigade) – 995
  • Taxi – 6342 5222
  • Flight information –  1800 542-4422

Country Code for Singapore: +65

GETTING AROUND
  • The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is probably the most economical way to zip around the city. Train services run between 5.30 a.m. and midnight and service most major areas in Singapore.
  • Singapore buses are another low-cost alternative and run from 6.00 a.m. to midnight.
  • EZ-Link cards are the most convenient mode of payment on public transport and are available for purchase at train stations.
  • You can also buy a Singapore Tourist Pass at select train stations, which allows for unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20).

Taxi can be flagged down from hotels and taxi stands as well as off the streets. Alternatively, dial 6342 5222 to book a taxi.

Other Information
  • Prepaid SIM cards are available at Changi Airport, telco counters and most participating convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and Cheers.
  • Hotels and Restaurants levy a 10% service charge on customer bill. Tipping is optional and is always pleasantly acknowledged.
  • Singapore uses Type G (3-pin) electrical sockets. Do bring a travel adaptor for your devices if necessary.
  • Money Changer:

Crown Exchange (The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, #L1-71, 10 Bayfront Avenue) Far East Exchange (The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, #L1-07, 10 Bayfront Avenue)