Nicknamed the Lion City, Singapore is a dynamic mix of cultures, ideas, and histories. Once a small fishing village, it is now a model city of modern Asia.
Gardens by the Bay is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. A famous feature of the gardens is the Supertree Grove. Supertrees are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens' landscape with heights that range between 25 metres (82 ft) and 50 metres (160 ft). They are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay. The resort and SkyPark were officially opened in June 2010. The three towers are connected by a 1 hectare roof terrace, Sands SkyPark. The observation deck provides panoramic views across the bay, visitors are admitted with a fee. Currently, the SkyPark has the world's longest elevated swimming pool, with a 146-metre (478 ft) vanishing edge, 191 metres above ground.
Merlion Park, is a Singapore landmark and major tourist attraction, located at One Fullerton near the Central Business District (CBD). The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion's head and the body of a fish that is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Two Merlion statues are located at the park.
Boat Quay is a historical quay in Singapore which is situated upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River on its southern bank. It was the busiest part of the old Port of Singapore, handling three quarters of all shipping business during the 1860s. Though serving aquatic trade is no longer Boat Quay's primary role, the shops on it have been carefully conserved and now house various bars, pubs and restaurants.
As the largest ethnic group in Singapore is Chinese, Chinatown is considerably less of an enclave than it once was. However, the precinct does retain significant historical and cultural significance. Large sections of it have been declared national heritage sites officially designated for conservation. Inside Chinatown, there is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a Buddhist temple constructed based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha.
The National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. Its history dates back to 1849, when it was started as a section of a library at Singapore Institution and called the Raffles Library and Museum. After several relocations, in 1887 it moved to its permanent site at Stamford Road in the Museum Planning Area. The museum focuses on exhibits related to the history of Singapore.
Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore. It was established by Armenian hoteliers in 1887. The hotel was named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. Raffles Hotel has a shopping arcade with 40 specialty boutiques and houses most of the hotel's restaurants. You can enjoy a delightful afternoon tea or drink a famous Singapore Sling in the colonial setting of Raffles Singapore.
The Fountain of Wealth was constructed in 1995, together with the main Suntec City shopping mall. A symbol of wealth and life, the Fountain Of Wealth is recognized since 1998 by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the World's Largest Fountain. The bronze ring of the fountain is designed based on the Hindu Mandala, meaning universe and is a symbolic representation of the oneness in spirit and unity and further symbolizes the equality and harmony of all races and religions in Singapore. During certain periods of the day, the fountain is turned off and visitors are invited to walk around a mini fountain at the centre of the fountain's base to collect coins for good luck. At night, the fountain is the setting for laser performances.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is a 60,000 square metres (6.0 ha) performing arts centre located in Marina Bay near the mouth of the Singapore River. It is considered a landmark building of the city. It consists of a concert hall which seats about 1,800 and a theatre with a capacity of about 2,000 for the performing arts.The design consists of two rounded space frames fitted with triangulated glass elements and sunshades, which balance outward views with solar shading.
Sentosa is a popular island resort in the country, visited by millions of people every year. Attractions include a 2 km (1.2 mi) long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, golf courses, the Merlion, the Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, Madame Tussauds Singapore. The Merlion on Sentosa was designed and sculpted by an Australian Artist. It is made of Glass Reinforced Cement (GRC) over a steel armature that is attached to the centre.