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Top 5 Must-visit Places in Singapore

Travellers in Singapore are in for the best travel experiences with a long list of must-see attractions. It’s a city bursting to the seams with impressive things to see and do. Some refer to the city as the “little red dot”, but Singapore’s presence in the world today is larger than that moniker. In fact, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with its landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. One interesting facet you’ll discover about Singapore is a ubiquitous collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs co-exist. Besides a vibrant multicultural experience, there’s more you can discover about Singapore. Read on to discover the top 5 places you must-visit when in this vibrant city.

The top 5 must-visit places in Singapore:

Botanic Gardens

Singapore botanic garden

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 74-hectare botanical garden that opens from 5 am to 12 am every single day of the year, and does not charge an admission fee, except for the National Orchid Garden. This sprawling garden provides tourists great respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Look out for the Tembusu tree—one of the island’s most distinctive trees. This native is reportedly more than 150 years old and is one of the 44 Heritage Trees in the Gardens. During the flowering seasons in May – June and October – November, its creamy white flowers open at sunset; giving a strong fragrance.

Chinatown Heritage Centre

chinatown heritage centre

Image Courtesy: Kah-Wai Lin used under the Creative Commons Licence

Every nook and cranny in the Chinatown Heritage Centre pulsates with the memories of yesteryear, offering an experience like no other, as one is transported to Chinatown in the budding years of Singapore’s establishment as a seaport. The Chinatown Heritage Centre is the only place in Singapore that has recreated the original interiors of its shophouse tenants in the 1950s, offering visitors an honest, revealing glimpse into the lives of Chinatown’s early residents.There are 15 exhibition galleries spread over 3 levels, each taking you to a different time in history.

Haji Lane

Haji lane

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Haji lane is in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood of Singapore where young people frequent the shophouses along this lane for the independent fashion boutiques and Middle Eastern cafes. Haji Lane may have evolved from a clustered street of rundown shophouses into a trendy alley bustling with upcoming local designers, entrepreneurs and shoppers, but make no mistake, the artful Peranakan architecture isn’t the only thing that lives on from its past. The lane still retains the charm of a tightknit community, or as the locals call it: the ‘Kampung’ Spirit, where storeowners and shop managers alike cheerfully greet shoppers and support one another just as a small community should.

Along with its fun, upbeat atmosphere, you’ll find quality bargains in cutting-edge fashion at great prices.

The Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer - Must-visit in Singapore

Image courtesy: Estaquio Santimano used under the Creative Commons Licence 

The Singapore Flyer is the kind of thing you’d build if you were a small island with a reputation for thinking big – a project designed to be the largest of its kind in the world. So it is with the Singapore Flyer, a 540-feet high observation wheel that offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of Singapore’s Marina Bay.The Singapore Flyer is mounted with 28 air-conditioned capsules, each one the size of a bus and able to take on up to 28 riders. Don’t make the mistake of calling the Singapore Flyer a “Ferris Wheel”. The management absolutely refuses to use the “F-word”. The Singapore Flyer is more appropriately called an observation wheel, along the lines of the famous London Eye.

Geylang

Geylang

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Located in the eastern part of the island, Geylang is a thriving residential, commercial and cultural district that is full of life and vitality with great foods, bargains and sights. Geylang is a predominantly Malay precinct in Singapore, and has been so since the mid-nineteenth century when ethnic Malays and Indonesians arrived here to work at its processing factories and farms. Being in Geylang is like entering another universe. In a country like Singapore, where the pace of modernisation is fast and furious, Geylang has, strangely, been left pretty much untouched. Quaint architecture is a distinctive hallmark of Geylang. The style of many buildings goes way back to the early 1900s.

 

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