Travel Diaries Destination 1
Travel Diaries Destination 1: Singapore
Singapore is a city-state in the Southeast Asia which was founded as a British trading colony in 1819 & since it got its independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries & boasts as the world’s busiest port.
Combining the subways & skyscrapers of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Indian & Malay influences with a tropical climate, good shopping, tasty food, & a vibrant night-life, this Garden City makes a great springboard or stopover into the region.
Singapore prides itself on being a multi-racial country, which has a diverse culture despite its small size. The largest group is the Chinese than come Malays than Indians & the remainder are a mix of various other cultures.
Travel Diaries helps you discover new places avoiding undue wastage of your precious holiday; it also helps you in getting an idea about the well-known places of that specific country/destination & the famous landmarks which are a “Must-see”. Well let me start with some heritage landmarks of Singapore!!
- The Civilian War Memorial: The Civilian War Memorial is the most famous landmarks built in memory of civilians killed during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II. The four pillars of the Civilian War Memorial standing 70 meters high in Singapore sits on serene parkland in the midst of busy city traffic near Singapore’s Padang and City Hall.
- Singapore Flyer: The Singapore Flyer is a very giant Ferris wheel in Singapore. It’s considered to be one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay; it is now Asia’s largest giant observation wheel… It has a specialty that this giant flyer (observation wheel) offers a 360-degree city view, a panorama that stretches to parts of Indonesia & Malaysia on a clear day.
- Merlion Park: The Merlion, a reimagining of a mermaid and a lion, is an icon you certainly don’t want to miss. Half-lion & half-fish, the iconic Merlion resides at the waterfront Merlion Park. The body symbolizes Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese. The head symbolizes Singapore’s original name, Singapura (in Sanskrit), or ‘lion city’ in Malay. This icon is a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting Singapore.
- The Marina Bay Sands: The Marina Bay Sands is a perfect destination for those who appreciate class & luxury. The Sands Sky Park gives a stupendous 360-degree view on the observation deck. One will surely enjoy the breath-taking experience of swimming in the infinity-edged swimming pool of the Sands sky park. I personally loved it when I saw it lit up in the night; it was a stupendous view from the Merlion Park.
- Sentosa Island: The Sentosa is a popular island resort in Singapore. You surely need to spare a day for this Island. You can choose from various attractions like the huge golf courses, the historic tours, a butterfly park before closing out the day along Siloso Beach, which features the evening “Songs of the Sea” water & lights laser show.
- The Universal Studios Singapore: Universal Studios Singapore is a huge theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on the Sentosa Island, Singapore. This theme park is considered to be the first & only theme park in the Southeast Asia. The Universal Studios Singapore features 24 movies – themed rides & attractions.
- Singapore Zoo: Singapore Zoo has been known to have among the most beautiful settings in the world, where you can see the animals roam freely in open & natural habitats.
- Night Safari, Singapore: Night Safari – The world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals, this is a place where you can explore the rainforest at dusk, also enjoy tribal performances, yummy food with tasty Ben & jerry’s ice cream as dessert, & much more fun!
- Jurong Bird Park, Singapore: The Jurong Bird park is Charming its visitors over 1971, Jurong Bird Park is considered to be one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world.
10. Underwater World, Singapore: Underwater World Singapore is an oceanarium located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa. It opened in 1991 & has more than 2500 marine animals of a wide range of 250 species from different regions of the world (kids would love being here!). Underwater World Singapore is an incredible one-stop destination for the family – providing hours of fun, leisure, marine life & learning for all.
11. Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore: Sri Mariamman Temple is considered to be Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. It is an agamic temple, which is built in the Dravidian style.
This list does not end here, there are a few more places you should certainly visit if your holiday permits you (budget & schedule) 😛
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
- Marine Life Park
- River Safari
- National Museum of Singapore
- Asian Civilisations Museum
- The Maritime Experiential Museum
- Science Centre Singapore
- Fort Siloso
- Tiger Sky Tower
- Mint Museum of Toys
- Singapore Philatelic Museum
- ArtScience Museum
- Changi Museum
- Singapore Discovery Centre
- Wild Wild Wet water theme park
- Malay Heritage Centre
- Telok Ayer Market
- Labrador Nature Reserve/ Park
- Peranakan Museum
- Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (a two-storey colonial style villa)
- The Battle Box
Stay tuned with me for exploring about Malaysia my 2nd destination of my travel diaries!!
Look for this space for my upcoming post about the fabulous country “Malaysia”…
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