Ideal Time: 3-4 hours
Open Time: 24 hours
Cost: Monday to Sunday (before 6:00 PM): SGD 0.025/minute for the 1st 5 hours, SGD 0.05/minute for next subsequent hours from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday to Sunday (after 6:00 PM): SGD 0.02/minute from 6:00 PM to 12:00 PM, SGD 0.05/minute from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM the following day.
Public Holidays - Charges same as weekdays
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. Visitors here especially enjoy kite flying the most, since the park is held on a rooftop space. Marina Barrage is also an excellent sunset viewing point. The elevated section of grass extends breathtaking panoramic views of the city with a backdrop of the sunset. Apart from the rooftop parks, recreational activities of boating, kayaking, windsurfing and dragon-boating take place in the Marina basin.
Since the park is open 24 hours, the Marina Barrage is an excellent place to visit during the night time. Families come here for a picnic with a spectacular view. The green stretch makes it a perfect spot for kids to fly their kites and watch the water fountains underneath. The park gives you a dazzling panoramic view of the city at night. Carrying your picnic gear here would be a good idea as this park makes a perfect spot to experience a peaceful and calm picnic with your family.
To enjoy a kite flying session at night, the kites are available at the park starting from SGD 15. At SGD 28, Kites with LED light strips attached are available for your kids to have fun.
The Marina Barrage also has its own Gallery tour at zero cost. It starts with a broad narrative of Singapore's water challenges. It then gives you a more in-depth account of the benefits while overlooking the Marina reservoir, shifting the visitor's attention to the nine crest gates and the seven drainage pumps including the vessel impact barriers.
The 45-minute tour takes place every day except Tuesday. The maximum members on board are 80.
Tour timings: 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM
The Marina Barrage has random, thought-provoking artworks around its premises. One of it is a 6.95-metre tall sculpture which consists of painting on a life-size replica of the seven pumps functioning in Marina Barrage. When filled to its half, each cylinder rolls over and empties itself and rolls back to its original position. Another artwork is called the Force of Nature, which depicts a woman aiming to harness the force of nature and Earth. It is supposed to symbolize the strong bond between humans and nature and highlights the need to honour and conserve nature.
Created by artist Iskandar Jalil, Beneficence-3 was unveiled by the Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. This artwork signifies Singapore's three pillars of progression-Commerce, Culture and Environment and the three benefits gained from the barrage-Water supply, Flood control and Lifestyle attraction. Another artwork 'Gold Flow' is a gift from Vienna to Singapore. It was presented to commemorate the close ties between the two cities. The Community Wall was revealed during the official opening of Marina Barrage, on 31st October 2008. It consists of 500 tempered unique glass tiles. Every tile is peculiar and a water-like visual effect is achieved by the glass catching sunlight in the day and spotlights at night. Another famous sculpture is of a man standing on the globe and extending his arm to point at, which encircles him and returns to point at him. This piece illustrates the concept of reaping what we saw and the importance of environmental sustainability.
Created mainly for three reasons - to provide water, flood control and a recreation centre, the Marina Barrage is an SGD 3 billion project that turns Marina Bay and Kallang Basin into a reservoir of fresh water. This is the first reservoir of city and 15th of Singapore's. The Barrage acts as a barrier to keep seawater out and alleviates flooding in low lying areas like Chinatown, Geylang and Jalan Besar. The crest gates are lowered to release excess water from the reservoir to the sea, in times of rains.
During heavy showers and high tides, crest gates remain closed. Massive drainage pumps out excess water into the sea. Since the Marina Basin is kept unaffected by the tides, water levels are kept steady so that recreation goes on. Marina Barrage has bagged the Superior Achievement Award, the highest honour for best project entry at the AAEE Annual Awards in Washington DC, by beating thirty-three other entries. This became the second project out of the United States to win an award in the last decade.
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The Marina Barrage is located at 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore. Bus 400 stops at a distance of 3 minutes from the park.
The nearest MRT Station is the Bayfront MRT Station Exit B, from which the park is at a distance of a 20-minute walk.
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