Famous Landmarks In Singapore

Famous Landmarks In Singapore
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Quan Mei Toh
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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

Merlion park
Source: Needpix

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!

Merlion Park

Address: 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213

Opening hours: All day

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Quan Mei
Posted on: Nov 08, 2019

Day or night, the Merlion Park is a popular and iconic landmark for locals and travelers! After the closure of the biggest Merlion in Sentosa, the statue at Merlion Park is the biggest in Singapore! You get great view of Marina Bay (Marina Bay Sands, Arts Science Museum, Singapore Flyer and Esplanade). This is a must-visit place in Singapore! Head there early in the morning to avoid the crowd and photo-bombers. 

2. Helix Bridge

Singapore Helix Bridge 07
Source: Photo by user Zairon used under CC BY-SA 4.0

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!

Helix Bridge

Website: Singapore Travel Hub

3. Marina Barrage

Singapore Marina-Barrage-01
Source: Photo by user CEphoto, Uwe Aranas used under CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

Marina Barrage

Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951

Opening hours: Every day, 24 hours

Website: Marina Barrage

4. Cavenagh Bridge

Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore, at night - 20120629-01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Allie_Caulfield used under CC BY 2.0

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.

Cavenagh Bridge

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

Opening hours: All day, 24 hours

Website: Cavenagh Bridge

5. City Hall

City Hall, Singapore 2
Source: Photo by user Terence Ong used under CC BY 2.5

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.

City Hall

Address: 3 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178958

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9AM to 5PM

Website: City Hall

6. Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park sign, Singapore - 20120722
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Bryn Pinzgauer used under CC BY 2.0

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

Raffles landing site
Source: Photo by user Xuanxu used under CC BY-SA 2.0

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

8. CHIJMES

CHIJMES 3, Jan 06
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user [Unknown] used under CC BY-SA 3.0

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.

CHIJMES

Address: 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8AM to 3AM, Saturday and Sunday 8:30AM to 4AM

Website: CHIJMES

9. The Esplanade

The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user William Cho used under CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

The Esplanade

Address: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

Website: The Esplanade

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Vonz
Posted on: Jan 19, 2020

The picture above is Marina Bay Sands and not Esplanade.  Esplanade is a spiky twin-domes building, and sometimes we like to name it as Durians, as the outlook design is spiky and rounded which looks like durians.

The best time to walk along the Esplanade Waterfront is during the sunset hour or blue hour where you get to see the setting down of the sun and get to see the gradual light up of the scenic Esplanade and City landscape.  

Centre twin dome shape is the Esplanade.  View from Padang
Centre twin dome shape is the Esplanade. View from Padang

10. Singapore Flyer

Singapore Singapore-Flyer-Ferris-wheel-01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user CEphoto, Uwe Aranas used under CC BY-SA 3.0

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!

Singapore Flyer

Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 8:30AM to 10:30PM

Website: Singapore Flyer

Get enthralled by Singapore

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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