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Singapore’s 49th National Day: 10 must-visit places in Singapore

Here is a list of iconic destinations to visit in Singapore
ST701 Editorial Team - July 16, 2014
By: Huda Nabilah Afandi & Cheryl Mah
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Singapore’s 49th National Day: 10 must-visit places in Singapore

Singapore might be Asia’s second smallest country, however, there are plenty of attractions worth paying a visit to. Here are 10 must-visit places in Singapore:

1. The Merlion
What a better way to start the journey in Singapore than to visit the mascot that represents Singapore. This fictional creature is made up of half a lion on the upper body that represents Singapore, which is known as a lion city, and the lower part of the body made of a fish tail representing Singapore’s foundation which was a fishing village. This statue can be found at the Merlion Park.

2. The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
An iconic performing arts centre built in 2002, The Esplanade is 110,000 square meters in size and holds numerous performances every year. It is located in the Esplanade Park where there is historical significance as the original Esplanade Park on Connaught Drive has been synonymous with leisure and recreational activities since the 1800s, and still evokes feelings of nostalgia and romance.

3. Singapore Flyer
The world’s second tallest Ferris wheel since 2014, this is a ride you should not miss as you are able to see the cityscape of Singapore from Marina Bay all the way to the Singapore River. The best time to go on the Singapore Flyer is at night where you can view the twinkling lights of buildings all around Singapore. At the peak of the ride, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of Malaysia and Indonesia!

4. Gardens by the Bay
Located close by the Flyer, you can take a walk into this garden with splendid views and scenery which explains Singapore’s title of a “Garden City”. If you wish to see more attractions there, you can purchase a ticket to the Flower Dome to see the wide collection of flowers depending on the season/occasion. Alternatively, pay a visit to the Cloud Forest where you can admire the 35-metre high waterfall.

5. Sands Sky Park
Apart from being the largest cantilever in the world, this Sky Park is an architectural masterpiece sitting on top of the three hotel towers at Marina Bay Sands and holds the world’s largest infinity pool at that height. The Observation Deck provides an excellent vantage point of Singapore.

6. Singapore Botanic Gardens
If you wish to get away from the city’s fast-paced city life, the Singapore Botanic Garden is the place to go. A lush sanctuary in the heart of the city, the Gardens has been developed along a 3-core concept – the Tanglin core is the heritage core that retains the old favourites and charms of the historic Gardens; the Central core is the tourist belt of the Gardens; and the Bukit Timah core is the Garden’s educational and discovery zone.

7. Night Safari
The Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals and is an 11-time winner of the best attraction award given by the Singapore Tourist Board. Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the unique experience of seeing over 2,500 animals in their naturalistic nighttime habitats. Hop on the guided tram ride that will take you across 7 geographical zones of the world!

8. Universal Studios Singapore
The first Universal Studios theme park to open in Southeast Asia, this park has 7 different zones where you will be able to experience exciting performances and rides. Look out for your favourite movie and cartoon characters. If you’re lucky, you’ll even be able to take a photo with them!

9. Adventure Cove
Situated in Sentosa, Adventure Cove is a fun-filled water park packed with thrilling slides all around. You get to ride on Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, Riptide Rocket, which will set your heart pumping with the sharp turns and steep dives on rapid waters. Not a thrill seeker? Not to worry. There are specialised experiences in Adventure Cove as well like snorkeling amongst the fishes or swimming with the rays.

10. S.E.A. Aquarium
A marine life display which is the largest in the world, the S.E.A Aquarium is an attraction you should not miss as it showcases more than 100,000 marine animals within a total of 45 million litres of water. You’ll feel a part of their world when you observe these glorious sea creatures through the viewing panel!

Other than these 10 must-visit places, there are plenty of other attractions, monuments and museums that Singapore has to offer. Spend time this National Day reliving the good old days of Singapore or learning about its interesting heritage and history!

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