Singapore is undoubtedly among the most cosmopolitan places in the world. The island nation is throbbing with vitality and travelers can not only relish different cuisines, but they can also explore several iconic spots in the sovereign city-state. You can head to the Merlion Park or the Fort Canning Park to enjoy the lush green surroundings or a leisurely walk. If you are a foodie, then do visit the scenic CHIJMES, which has several cafes and restaurants, where you can click Instagram-worthy pictures. Take a ride on the Singapore Flyer to get panoramic views of the city or walk down the Esplanade to soak in the city’s vibe! Whether you are a solo traveler or in a group, there is plenty to explore in the Lion City, which is a potpourri of different cultures. Here are some famous landmarks in Singapore, which you can check out when you visit the city.
1. Merlion Park
The Merlion Park near the CBD is one of the major tourist attractions in Singapore and it overlooks the picturesque Marina Bay. It is home to the iconic Merlion statue of a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish – which is 8.6 meters (28.2 feet) tall. The Merlion spurts water from its mouth and is a much-photographed attraction. There is also a Merlion cub near the original Merlion, which is 2 meters (6.6 feet) high. You can take a leisurely stroll around this beautiful park and click pictures with Singapore’s famous mascot. There are several cafes that you can even grab a bite at!
Address: 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213
Opening hours: All day
2. Helix Bridge
This famous pedestrian bridge in Singapore is perfect for soaking in aerial views of the Marina Bay. The Helix Bridge is an architectural marvel and links the Marina South to the Marina Centre and makes navigating easy for people. This popular bridge has viewing platforms as well so you can click pictures against spectacular backdrops of the city. At night, the Helix Bridge is beautifully lit up and this popular landmark in Singapore should be on your must-visit list!
Website: Singapore Travel Hub
3. Marina Barrage
While its practical purpose is to serve as a reservoir, the Marina Barrage in Singapore is much more than just a dam! That’s right, the Marina Barrage also acts as a place for recreation and it is a popular tourist attraction. Built across the Marina Channel, you can enjoy a picnic here amid the greenery and watch the spectacular sunset over the water as evening sets in. Gaze at the beautiful city skyline from here or go kite flying as it is Singapore’s windiest spot, courtesy of its proximity to the sea.
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
Opening hours: Every day, 24 hours
Website: Marina Barrage
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4. Cavenagh Bridge
This popular landmark in Singapore holds the distinction of being one of the oldest bridges in the city. You can go for a leisurely stroll on the Cavenagh Bridge, a suspension bridge which is built over the Singapore River. The Cavenagh Bridge is all lit up at night and looks pretty. You can gaze at the boats and ferries below this pedestrian bridge and watch the reflection of the lights twinkling in the water. The bridge, situated near the Fullerton Building and Empress Place, is also near some sculptures such as the famed one of the Singapura cat family.
Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Opening hours: All day, 24 hours
Website: Cavenagh Bridge
5. City Hall
The City Hall building in Singapore is one of its national monuments and this historical building is in the Downtown Core. This popular landmark lies opposite Padang and it is next to the Supreme Court. You can marvel at the intricate architecture of the building, which is perfect for some Instagram-worthy picture. Walk around the lively area to soak in the city’s atmosphere or head to the Raffles City Shopping Centre or Adelphi for some shopping! Music lovers can watch a concert at the Capitol Theatre, which is a short walk from the City Hall building.
Address: 3 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178958
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9AM to 5PM
Website: City Hall
6. Fort Canning Park
The Fort Canning Park lies in the Fort Canning Hill and it is an iconic historical spot in Singapore. The park is a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike. It has massive lush green lawns and you can take a walk around and relax. Enjoy the numerous open-air concerts and theater productions such as Shakespeare in the Park or Ballet under the Stars. Walk down to the Maritime Corner to familiarize yourself with Singapore’s rich history. The Fort Canning Park is the perfect spot to unwind in Singapore!
Fort Canning Park
Address: River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Opening hours: All days, 24 hours
Website: Fort Canning Park
7. Raffles Landing Site
This iconic site in Singapore is where, according to lore, its founder Sir Stamford Raffles landed in 1819. Raffles Landing Site is situated in Singapore’s CBD at the Boat Quay. A statue of the founder, which is made of poly-marble, denotes the site. This statue is on Singapore River’s north bank side. Tourists frequently snap up pictures at Raffles’ statue, which shows him with folded arms. You can take plenty of selfies at this popular landmark to commemorate your travels.
Raffles Landing Site
Address: Downtown Singapore
Opening hours: Every day, 24 hours
If you’re in Singapore, then CHIJMES – a former convent – should be on your must-visit list. Located in Downtown Core’s Victoria Street, this historic pristine white building is popular with locals and tourists alike as it has plenty of bars, eateries and shops. So grab a bite from the café or restaurant of your choice and shop for local curios and gifts for family back home. Don’t’ forget to take plenty of pictures at this picturesque location and do check out the CHIJMES Fountain Court for one-of-a-kind al fresco dining.
Address: 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8AM to 3AM, Saturday and Sunday 8:30AM to 4AM
9. The Esplanade
To experience Singapore in all its glory, a walk down the scenic waterfront – the Esplanade – is a must for any traveler. The Esplanade is in Singapore’s Downtown Core and it lies north of the Singapore River’s mouth. A stroll along the waterfront at night is magical as you can see the city’s skyline all lit up. The lights reflect on the water, transporting you to a different world. You can also catch a concert at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, which is in the vicinity or shop at the Esplanade Mall.
Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Website: The Esplanade
Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - VonzPosted on: Jan 19, 2020
Centre twin dome shape is the Esplanade. View from Padang
10. Singapore Flyer
This Singapore landmark will remind many of you of the London Eye. The Singapore Flyer is also a massive observation wheel like its British counterpart. This white Ferris wheel has dominated the city’s skyline since 2008 and it is a popular tourist attraction. The Singapore Flyer has 28 capsules, all of which are air-conditioned. You can soak in the mesmerizing aerial views of Singapore from here, as well, indulge in a glass of champagne! If traveling with your partner, you can avail the Premium Sky Dining and enjoy a romantic four-course dinner on the Singapore Flyer as you check out the panoramic views!
Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 8:30AM to 10:30PM
Website: Singapore Flyer
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Singapore, or the Lion City, is the perfect amalgamation of modern and historic spots. The vibrant city has many iconic landmarks that draw tourists from all over the world.
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