As Singapore is a small country with a relatively short history, most would not expect this tiny island to have substantial heritage spots or many exciting stories to tell. Unfortunately, this is where Singapore has been misunderstood as a multitude of heritage trails are located all over the island and awaiting your exploring.
This weekend, instead of going about your regular weekend activities, show Singapore some love by embarking on one of its 16 heritage trails. It would definitely be worthwhile to get to know Singapore a little more and cultivate a deeper appreciation for how our tiny island came to be.
To help you get started on your journey, here are 16 Heritage Trails In Singapore That Every Singaporean Should Know.
The spellbindingly beautiful National Gallery Singapore has finally opened its doors to the public! Home to the world’s biggest collection of modern Southeast Asian Art, the 64,000-square-metre museum has two permanent galleries featuring the development of both Singapore and Southeast Asian art. It is a must-visit for all art enthusiasts and history buffs.
From now till 06 December 2015, interested participants get to enjoy free admission into National Gallery Singapore. Note that visitors have to acquire the complimentary tickets prior to their visit from the attraction’s official website (a maximum of five tickets per transaction). The gallery is massive and let us tell you what to expect before you head down!
It is hard to miss the blocks of colourful public housings each time you pass by Bugis district. Erected since 1977, these flats are almost symbolic of the residential homes in Singapore. In fact, you might even remember seeing them at the billboards of Changi Airport’s arrival halls!
Approximately more than 80% of Singaporeans live in public housing and Rochor Centre is just one of the many Housing Development Board flats in Singapore. But as with Singapore’s rapid economic growth, old buildings will always eventually have to make way for newer developments. Rochor Centre is said to be demolished in 2016 for a new express way and existing residents will have to move.
Do drop by Rochor Centre whenever you can before this place vanishes forever and becomes a distant memory.
Is it one of those many days where the weather is way too warm to stay outdoors but yet the malls are too packed for your liking? How about going on an adventure to Jurassic Park, or travel back in time to the Qing Dynasty or Majapahit Emipre?
Contrary to the stereotype of it being “boring”, museums are more than just historic artefacts and school excursions. With more than 30 different museums offering a diverse range of genres in Singapore, you will definitely be able to find a museum that will interest you!
Here is a selection of 11 fascinating museums in Singapore that might pique your interests!
Singapore has always been known as a ‘Garden City’, and with the opening of Gardens by The Bay, it further strengthens and positions Singapore as a city in a garden. Some people have compared it to London’s Hyde Park and New York’s Central Park, and while the comparison is flattering, Gardens by The Bay is very much different and has its own character and X-factor.
Spanning 101 hectares, Gardens by The Bay is made up of three waterfront gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden – and it houses over 250,000 rare plants. Alongside other main attractions like the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, and the skyscrapers at the Marina Bay area, Gardens by The Bay has become an iconic part of the beautiful Singapore’s skyline. In years to come, I am sure it will become one of Singapore’s prominent national icons.
For the opening of this blog post on the Things to Do in Singapore, I wanted to show the beautiful Singapore Skyline, but I decided to use a photo of food since it sums up Singapore nicely — eating is our way of life.
I always receive emails from overseas readers asking me to suggest some of the things that they can do while having holiday in Singapore. So I have been working on this little project for a while, going to different places to explore and take photos.
Here is my list of 10 Things To Do In Singapore: