Majestically standing in the historic district of Kampong Glam, Sultan Mosque is one of the most important and beautiful mosques in Singapore. Also called Masjid Sultan, the history of this monument building goes back to 1824. In that year, the mosque was built for Sultan Hussein Shah, the first sultan of Singapore, with the help of a grant from Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
CHIJMES (pronounced 'chimes') is the acronym for the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Educational School and is often referred to as Singapore's own Covent Garden. Situated in 30 Victoria Street, this historic complex came into existence as a Catholic convent school in 1852 and was formerly referred to as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus.
The arts science museum at Marina Bay is a place where art meets science. This lotus-inspired building spans an area of about 50,000 sq.mts and features 21 gallery spaces. For the past decade, the museum is famous for hosting grand exhibitions of artworks made by classic artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh. The events hosted by the museum explore various themes of the modern world such as space, pop culture, sustainability, culture and the natural world.
Situated at the mouth of Singapore River, the Clarke Quay is a major tourist attraction flanked by stylish restaurants, high-end boutiques, pushcart vendors with a fusion of Asian and European culture. Also lined up along the river are buzzing nightclubs, river cruise bumboats and floating cafes that make the place Singapore's major wining and dining area.
Recently added to the list of tourist attractions of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is a unique concept that is quickly grasping the attention of the visitors. Situated opposite to Marina Bay Sands, one can witness a magnificent view of the garden from its top.
Dating back to 1849, the National Museum of Singapore is the oldest museum in Singapore. It is one of the four national museums of Singapore. The building preserves its pristine 19th-century colonial architecture, serving as a cultural and architectural landmark of the country. The galleries at this museum highlight the rich history and development of the nation.
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The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Museum is a Chinese Buddhist temple found in the Chinatown district of Singapore. It is dedicated to the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, said to be the left canine tooth of Lord Buddha which can be found in the shrine, constructed in 2007. The chief draw of the temple lies in its design and architecture, which has been extensively-researched to replicate the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala.
The Esplanade is a performing arts centre situated near the Marina Bay which focuses on international artists and has hosted over 37,000 shows. The Esplanade has had over 26 million guests for over 15 years and counting. It is a 60,000 square meter expanse dedicated just to theatre and arts. Situated right at the mouth of the Singapore River, it got its name from the Esplanade Park, in which Theatres by the bay is located.
Started in the year 2010, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel was ranked as the world's most expensive standalone casino property. It has The Shoppes mall for the shopaholics, an Art-Science Museum for the art-fanatics, featuring classic artworks and holding educational exhibitions and two huge theatres for screenings. It has the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. Not to mention the world's largest rooftop infinity pool.
With the most exquisite collection of flora and fauna, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is claimed to abode the world's first children garden and is absolutely worth a visit. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the country's first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. First of its kind in the whole of Asia and third in the world, these gardens are over a hundred and fifty years old and a star visitor attraction.
Translating into a 'Palace of Heavenly Happiness', Thian Hock Keng is a temple and a national monument. Also known as Tianfu Temple, it was built for the worship of Mazu, a Chinese sea Goddess. This shrine is one of the oldest and most prominent shrines of the Hokkien community of Singapore.
Chinatown is one of a popular hotspot for sightseeing in Singapore where one can get a glimpse of traditional shop houses, temples and heritage. The area is lined up with small shops serving authentic Chinese food, bright red lantern gracing the walls.
Marina Barrage is at the southern tip of the main island, and a short walk away from Gardens by the Bay. This multi-purpose tourist attraction is rooftop dam and a park. Although its primary function serves as a dam, Marina Barrage is rather popular for recreation on its green, roof-top expanse.
The Fountain of Wealth is one of Singapore's iconic sights. Often seen in movies and television shows, this massive fountain is located in Suntec City, which is one of Singapore's largest malls. In 1998, the Fountain of Wealth found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest fountain in the world. Towering at 13.8m, the Fountain symbolizes wealth and life.
The iconic symbol of Singapore, the Merlion is a must visit, representing the country's humble beginning as a fishing village nestled at the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula. The major attraction of the park is a 2 meter tall centrepiece Merlion. The 70-tonne concrete statue was first unveiled in 1972.
Packed with attractions, the tiny island is speckled with panoramic gardens including a butterfly garden, amusement parks, a breath-taking aquarium (Underwater World), beach clubs with lively music, an ethnic village and the highlight of the island, a vast Merlion Statue.
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