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Top Must-See Attractions to Visit in Singapore

At the mention of the Lion City – Singapore – lots of attractions come to mind! Here’s a recommendation of top 10 attractive places to visit in Singapore.

This list is in no particular order of ranking or rating, but it’ll be a useful guide for a trip in the future.

Even though the photos are from 2017 but they hold memories and the places visited are still relevant today.

10. Merlion

Let’s start off with the iconic, 8.5m-tall statue with the body of a fish & head of a lion, shooting water from its mouth into Marina Bay. The Merlion is the official mascot of Singapore.

Left and Right views of Merlion

9. Orchard Road

A must-walk-place in Singapore is Orchard Road. At Orchard Central, you’ll find a touch of modern in Orchard Central and a trip back to past across the mall and along Emerald Hill Road.

Orchard Central in 2017
Apple Orchard Road
Shophouses in Emerald Hill Road

8. Marina Bay

Marina Bay is a waterway and entertainment district noted for modern skyscrapers and landmarks, plus dining and shopping. A stroll along Marina Boulevard to the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade will give you a beautiful panoramic view of the bay area. To get a panoramic overview, go up to the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck.

View of Marina Bay from the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade in 2017
View of Marina Bay from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck in 2017

7. Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck

After purchasing the ticket, take the elevator up to the observation deck. The SkyPark Observation Deck is at level 56.

In 2017, tickets costed SGD$23 per person.

From the observation deck, you’ve a beautiful overview of the bay and it’s surroundings. You can see how smooth the flow is from the central business district to the arts, entertainment, and leisure area, and then nature and greenery on the other end.

You can enjoy a meal and drink on the deck.
To the West and South are views of the Promontory @ Marina Bay and the office towers towering over the bay
To the NorthWest is views of the Esplanade, Fullerton Road, museums and beyond
To the North is The Float @ Marina Bay, The Ritz Carlton, The Esplanade, Raffles and beyond
To the East is the view of Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Strait
To the North is the Singapore Flyer

6. ArtScience Museum

Just below SkyPark and next to Marina Bay Sands is the ArtScience Museum: design, science, and technology exhibits in a distinctive, modern, flower-shaped building.


Throwback to my trip to the ArtScience Museum in 2017, when tickets costed SGD$17.00.

5. Gardens by the Bay

Set in the heart of Singapore’s downtown, Gardens by the Bay is home to a diverse collection of over 1.5 million plants that hail from every continent except Antarctica. It spans 101 hectares (250 acres) and is adjacent to the Marina Reservoir.  Gardens by the Bay consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden (in Marina South), Bay East Garden (in Marina East) and Bay Central Garden (in Downtown Core and Kallang).

The largest of the gardens is the Bay South Garden at 54 hectares (130 acres) designed by Grant Associates. Its Flower Dome is the largest glass greenhouse in the world.

This is a throwback to Gardens by the Bay in December 2017. It was a Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. I wonder how will be the Christmas theme in December this year?

In the Flower Dome
Flower Dome
Flower Dome
Christmas cottage

Supertree Grove

Festive Market @ Supertree Grove
Supertree Grove in the evening
Supertree Grove at night
Supertree Grove light show

Stay back at night and enjoy the themed light and music shows. Choreographed bayside spectacles of coloured lights set to classical music, pop songs, and show tunes.

4. Little India

Little India is a vibrant cultural enclave with temples and mosques, street art and brightly painted shophouses. Along the main drag, Serangoon Road, unfussy canteens and hip eateries sit next to shops selling gold jewelry, colourful silks and fresh flower garlands. Nearby, Mustafa Centre welcomes shoppers 24/7. The ethnic district is liveliest during Hindu celebrations like the Deepavali festival of lights.

3. HarbourFront and VivoCity

At the heart of family-friendly Harbourfront is the massive VivoCity mall, which has a scenic rooftop playground and monorail access to recreation on Sentosa Island. Sentosa-bound cable cars depart from Mount Faber, home to hilltop bars and eateries, while the Singapore Cruise Centre offers trips to the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan.

2. Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a historical riverside quay in Singapore. There is a mall with restaurants and nightlife in the redeveloped, 19th-century, riverside commercial district.

Singapore River fronting Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay Jetty
Inside Clarke Quay
Ice Cream Sandwich on Read Bridge
Clarke Quay at night

1. Changi Airport

Last but not least. Let’s not forget the first tourist attraction when touching down into Singapore and the last attraction when departing from Singapore.

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