Singapore offers many beautiful sights and photographic opportunities for the stopover traveller. Begin your journey with a bumboat ride along the Singapore river and admire the old architecture merging with the modern skyline and cityscape.
For a birds eye view of Singapore, make a reservation at the Equinox restaurant at Swissotel Hotel. The restaurant is located on the highest floor and allows to enjoy fine fod and drink with a stunning panaramic view.
Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place
While the Armenian Street branch of the Museum focuses on Peranakan culture, the flagship Empress Place branch covers all of Asia. This excellent museum deserves at least four hours to fully appreciate the wealth of information and superbly presented displays. Take advantage of the free tours ! Admission is free after 6pm on Friday nights.
Sri Mariamman Temple
The oldest Hindu temple of Singapore. It was built in 1827. Take SBS bus 61,103,166 or 197 form North bridge Road to get there.
Kuan Yin Temple in Waterloo Street
The most popular temple in Singapore. This temple is stituated in Waterloo Street and was built on 28 May 1884.The temple attracts large numbers of worshippers, many of them from Malaysia, Thailand and China. The Kuan Yin Birthdays fall on 19 Feb, 19 June and 19 Sept in the Lunar months. The temple is very crowded on these days.
The Singapore River has undergone dramatic transformation since its early days. Once the lifeline of the nation, it was the economic artery of Singapore where pioneers lived and worked together.
Istana Kampung Glam
This used to be the former residence of the family and followers of Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah of Johor. When completed in 1820, it occupied an area twice the size of the present compound but was soon halved in 1824 through the construction of North Bridge Road. Until early 1999, it was the private residence for the sultan's descendents and described as the world's most informal royal palace, where visitors were permitted to walk the grounds.
It famous department store, supermarket, pharmacy, jeweller, money changer, hotelier, travel agency and post office all rolled into one. From its early days in 1971 when it was only retailing garments, Mustafa Center sure has come a long way. In contrast to its relatively modest blue-glass exterior, you can get almost anything you want here from over 90,000 items displayed on four levels, commanding a total retail space of 70,000 square feet. With a wealth of offering at some of the lowest prices in Singapore, it's no wonder that this outlet is popular with tourists and more.
The Chinatown Heritage Centre
Housed in three restored shophouses, the centre recreates the living experience of the people of Chinatown using displays, oral histories and audio-visula presentations. The moving personal stories of former residents of Chinatown are fascinating and at times will induce tears. The centre is located in Pagoda Street.
Chinatown will come alive on 15/1/05 to usher the Year of the Rooster. The road will be lighted up with colorful lighting and stalls are selling New Year goodies. On the eve of 8th Feb, firecrackers will be fired at midnite and the place will be jammed pack with people like sardine to do a last minutes shopping and great bargain. Just immerse yourself in the festive moods and an experience will last you a lifetime. Make your date then.
The Sultan Mosque is the main attraction in Arab Street. It is a place of worship and the architecture on it is wonderful. It has an impressive gold dome and a vast hall.
Singapore Zoo is a model of the ‘open zoo’ concept. The animals are allowed to roam free within their spacious enclosure’s and are seperated from visitors by dry and wet moats concealed with vegetation. This helps make the Zoo feel very open and close to the animals. Singapore Zoo has a large collection of animals including Orang Utans, White Tigers, Elephants and a Komodo Dragon.
For more information, visit www.zoo.com.sg
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