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Singapore attractions: these are the places you can't miss
On my very first visit to Singapore, I was disappointed. The city with all the strange bans at that time seemed too modern, too tidy and, by Asian standards, much too clean. On the second visit I already had a little tingling in my stomach as I strolled through the streets, the third time I fell in love and on my fourth visit I finally lost my heart to this mad city.
Since then I have loved Singapore and recommend that you not only come here for a tiny stopover, but plan at least four or even more days to get to know Singapore.
Today I'm going to introduce you to the best things to do in Singapore that you definitely shouldn't miss.
Singapore landmarks on Marina Bay
Singapore's bay, the famous Marina Bay, is the youngest part of Singapore through which the Singapore River flows before flowing into the South China Sea. There are several sights at Marina Bay, which are best reached on foot or by bike via the beautifully landscaped waterfront promenade.
The 3.5 kilometer long promenade begins at the Marina Bay Sands Shopping Center and always leads along the water around Marina Bay. Right at the beginning you walk over the fascinating Helix Bridge, which is made of glass and steel and is modeled on a human DNA. Especially in the dark, when the bridge is illuminated, it is a spectacular sight.
Helix Bridge at night
Passing the Marina Bay Floating Stadium, a stadium that consists of a grandstand on the mainland and a floating surface in the water, you come to the Esplanade Center, which has the unusual shape of two durian fruits (stink fruits) and looks especially great in the evening. Large theater performances, art exhibitions, concerts and festivals take place here on a regular basis.
You can often attend free concerts on the open-air stage in front of the two durians. From the stairs you also have the perfect view of the light and laser show, which is performed daily at 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.
Esplanade Center at night
At the other end of the promenade, right in front of the skyline of the financial district, you will come across the water-spouting fountain statue Merlion, the symbol of Singapore. The wondrous creature made of gleaming white cement is supposed to represent a fish with a lion's head and remind of the legend of the discovery of Singapore. From the Merlion you also have a great view of the legendary Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Merlion, the symbol of Singapore
The most famous infinity pool in the world
The most famous infinity pool in the world is definitely one of the most popular Singapore attractions. Splash around in this pool once in a lifetime and look out over the city skyline - I made this dream come true at Christmas 2015 and booked a night at Marina Bay Sands.
Not only from the 150 meter long pool, but also from our huge room on the 48th floor, we had a priceless view of Marina Bay. An overnight stay, which is absolutely necessary for access to the infinity pool, is not cheap, but absolutely worthwhile. You can find my article on this here.
Gardens by the Bay
Between the skyscrapers and the sea lie the 101 hectare Gardens by the Bay, an artificially created garden that should not be missing from Singapore's best sights and is also accessible free of charge.
The absolute highlight of the Gardens by the Bay are the up to 50 meter high supertrees made of steel scaffolding, on whose trunks climbing plants proliferate. For 5 Singapore dollars you can take the elevator to the Skywalk, where you can walk back and forth between the mega-trees at a height of 22 meters and enjoy the magnificent view of Singapore.
In addition to the mega-trees, there are two huge greenhouses in the Gardens by the Bay, which I find quite expensive with their proud entry price of 28 dollars. In the Flower Dome, which was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest glass greenhouse in the world, there is a mild, dry climate. Many Mediterranean plants that we know from Europe are at home here.
In the Cloud Forest, on the other hand, there is a tropical climate. A gigantic waterfall and many exotic plants can be admired here in the cloud forest.
Flower Dome in Singapore
The colonial district
Over the pretty Canvenagh Bridge, you get to the colonial district, where numerous Singapore sights, such as historical buildings, interesting museums, monuments and impressive testimonies from the colonial past await you.
Immediately in front of the Asian Civilizations Museum, which was built as a courthouse in 1854, there are huge steel balls that remind me of the Cloud Gate in Chicago and, with their reflections, offer equally cool photo opportunities. You should definitely make a short stop here.
If you walk a little further along the river bank, you will automatically come to the Parliament of Singapore, the parliament building that was built in 1827 as a private villa.
Not far away you will find the Supreme Court and City Hall, in front of which there is a large lawn. During the Japanese occupation of Singapore, the population was questioned and punished here. Today the square is dedicated to sport.
The well-known Raffles Hotel is also located in the colonial district. It was built in 1887 and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. The hotel has a tropical courtyard, which is very nice to look at, a small museum, a theater and the world-famous Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling cocktail was once created. You can still order it today for a lot of money.
South of the Singapore River you will find the ethnic Chinatown district with its lively streets, bustling markets and pretty Chinese shophouses that have been painted in different colors. While you stroll through the streets decorated with colorful lanterns, thousands of kitschy golden waving cats smile at you, strange smells waft through the air and all sorts of junk is waiting to be bought by you. From wood carvings to smelly synthetic stuff to useful everyday items and souvenirs, you can really buy anything in Chinatown.
In the middle of the bustle of Pagoda Street is the Chinatown Heritage Center, in which the former life of immigrants and the development of Singapore is presented in a very interesting way. It's worth a visit.
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The temples in Chinatown
In the middle of the bustle of Chinatown is the pretty Sri Mariamman Temple, the city's oldest Hindu temple. It was built of wood in 1827 and later added brick walls. It is dedicated to the goddess Sri Mariammann, who according to Hindu beliefs stands for health and fertility.
Inside the temple there are wonderful wall paintings, brightly colored figures of gods, sculptures and lots of details for which you should take a while. As a tourist you can visit the holy temple for free. You only have to pay three dollars to take pictures. Shoes must be taken off in front of the entrance.
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