7 Must-See Places in Singapore
Singapore, also commonly known as the Republic of Singapore, is a beautiful maritime island in Southeast Asia. Singapore is regarded as a city, a nation, and a state. Since its independence in August 1965, Singapore has become an increasingly popular tourist destination.
This has to do with the immense natural beauty of the island and the amazing attractions and places to visit. Throughout this article, we will explore nine of Singapore's must-see places that will be enticing to any future traveler, whether in person or through a virtual tour (although virtual tours will only get you excited to visit the place in person).
#1 Marina Bay Sands
This stunning resort complex is home to a high-end luxury hotel, a mall with a canal running through it, the famous ‘ArtScience Museum,’ and the ‘Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck’ - known for its gorgeous view of the entire city. The Skypark viewing deck also features an infinity pool, both of which are part of a ship that sits atop the hotel. Yes, a ship!
From the Skypark, you can witness views of Singapore's spectacular landscape and structural engineering. The double helix bridge, the entire port, and the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ are all incredible sights to look forward to. You can even purchase food and beverages or a photo of yourself on top of this viewing deck! The Marina Bay Sands truly exemplifies how far Singapore has come as a whole and their commitment to making their city an international treasure.
#2 Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is a world-renowned garden and horticultural attraction for Singapore locals and international visitors alike. This 101 Hectare park is massive and is located right in Central Singapore. It's meant to be taken in as an art exhibit that presents the plant kingdom in an entirely new light.
This spectacular nature park features plants seldom seen in Southeastern Asia, plants native to Asia, cool climate plants, desert plants, and so much more. Gardens by the Bay brings to life a dream of the National Parks Board of Singapore; a ‘City in a Garden.’ It's truly immaculate and indeed a sight to be seen if ever visiting Singapore - even making an excellent prospect for a virtual tour.
#3 The Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer is a premier attraction for anyone looking for an outstanding view of the city or perhaps someone that's a bit of an adrenaline junkie. This giant observation wheel sits in the Downtown Core district of Singapore, standing at 165 meters tall. This wheel was at one point, the largest in the world - now placing 2nd to the ‘High Roller' in Las Vegas.
Now, this isn't your ordinary observation wheel. It comprises 28 pods that are all air-conditioned and can hold up to 28 people. Each ride or rotation takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This gives you plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the views of the city.
#4 Universal Studios Singapore
Universal theme park lovers will rejoice, as there's a Universal Studios in Singapore worth visiting! This family-fun park is located within Resort World Sentosa, giving folks even more of a reason to consider a trip. The park consists of twenty-eight rides, shows, seven themed zones and is marketed by Universal Parks and Resorts as a "one-of-its-kind theme park in Asia."
Presently, the park has many ongoing special events, including; celebrating the Year of the Tiger with Kung Fu Panda, Breakfast with Sesame Street characters, and more. This park comes with incredibly high ratings and recommendations, making it a must-see place for any tourist or family.
#5 Resort World Sentosa
Resort World Sentosa is a premium destination resort located on Singapore's well-known resort island, Sentosa. This massive resort park is home to Universal Studios Singapore and hosts S.E.A Aquarium, Dolphin Island, and Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Combined with the adventurous theme parks and attractions, Resort World Sentosa consists of six different luxury hotels, a convention center, a casino, and multiple award-winning dining experiences. This resort is also known to play host to many amazing concerts, food festivals, and other forms of world-class entertainment. There is truly something for everyone at Resort World in Sentosa, making it another must-see place.
#6 Singapore Botanical Gardens
This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a sprawling 163-year-old tropical garden. This world-renowned garden sits at the fringe of the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore. The Botanical Gardens has been ranked as Asia's best park attraction by TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards,' every year since 2013, and was even awarded a 3-star Michelin rating!
This beautiful park is an excellent choice for any traveler to see, including those who may prefer a virtual tour. This lush city central sanctuary is home to four cores, being; Tanglin, Central, Bukit Timah, and Tyersall-Gallop. Each core plays host to its own exciting array of attractions and experiences.
#7 National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore is the largest and oldest museum in Singapore. This museum consists of two main galleries, the Singapore Living Galleries and the History Galleries. The Living Gallery features exhibits on film, fashion, food and photography. The History Gallery features exhibits that trace the island's history from the 14th century, on.
Another incredibly highly rated attraction, the National Museum of Singapore has become a huge tourist destination. This is much to do with many folks loving to learn about the country in which they're visiting! This amazing museum attempts to inspire and educate all visitors on Singapore, even offering virtual tours for those who can't be there in person.
Bonus Option #1: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a sight in Singapore's Chinatown. This massive temple sits amongst some of the most modern scenery in Singapore, making it stand out like a sore thumb. However, this temple is magnificent, featuring the arts and culture of Singaporean Buddhists.
When this temple was first proposed in the 1980s, it was intended to be a more traditional practicing temple for Singapore's large Buddhist population. Somewhere throughout the building process, it became the Tooth Relic Temple, literally housing a tooth relic from Buddha. Aside from the photo opportunity of the temple and learning about Singaporean Buddhist culture, visiting this temple also allows one to see the Chinatown core.
Bonus Option #2: Night Safari
Last, but most certainly not least, is Singapore's Night Safari. This is not only the world's first nocturnal zoo, but it has also become one of Singapore's premier attractions - especially for those who love the nightlife but not clubbing!
The Night Safari currently houses over 900 animals, representing over 100 species, of which 41% are considered endangered. This makes the zoo highly educational and a rare opportunity to see some animals you may not otherwise get the chance to. This zoo has been consistently awarded as one of Singapore's top family attractions, but it would be fun for anyone!
To Sum it All Up..
In conclusion, Singapore hosts a wide array of attractions and excursions for families, couples, solo travelers, or even virtual tourists. The must-see attractions vary from museums, gardens, resorts, and even theme parks. With there truly being something for everyone, it's obvious why Singapore has become one of the world's top-rated and sought-out tourist destinations!