St. Andrew's Road near the Padang
This is where Lord Louis Mountbatten accepted the Japanese surrender in 1945, and where Lee Kuan Yew declared Singapore's independence from Britain in 1959.
CN West Leisure Park
9 Japanese Garden Road
Water slides, bumper boats and other amusement attractions.
Guiness World of Records
World Trade Center
Facts and feats displayed in exhibits.
Haw Par Villa Dragon World
262 Pasir Panjang Road
MRT to Buina Vista station and bus 200 to Haw Par Villa
A Chinese mythological theme park featuring age-old silent statues, exhilarating rides, live performances and theatre shows. A roller coaster ride is very popular, but the main attractions are the telling and reenacting of the myths and the famous statues.
Jurong Bird Park
9am-6pm Mon-Fri. 8am-6pm weekends.
MRT to Boon Lay station and special loop bus 194 to No.251
This park features more than 5,000 birds from all over the world in a lush parkland setting.
Jurong Crocodile Paradise
Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim
Same transport as to Jurong Bird Park
A crocodile farm featuring underwater viewing areas and crocodile wrestling shows daily.
Tang Dynasty City
Yuan Ching Road and Jalan Ahmad Ibrihim
MRT to the Lakeside station and then bus 154 or 240
This multimillion dollar theme park is a recreation of the Tang Dynasty capital which was the center of China's golden age from the 6th to 8th centuries. Behind the high walls the main street features a courthouse, geisha house, shops, temples, restaurants and theaters. Camel rides, craft demonstrations, antique displays are all part of the experience.
The park has shops selling refreshments, antiques, a wax museum of Chinese notables, kung fu demonstrations and other street performances.
Kusu is located 7 km (4.5 miles) south of Singapore
Take the ferry from the World Trade Center.
A small island that, according to legend, was a turtle and transformed itself into land to save drowning sailors.
An area full of stores, restaurants and antique dealers specializing in Indian goods
Ferries running from World Trade Center in daily 7:30am - 10pm
A former military base, this island is now devoted to entertaining its guests. Within the island are museums, gardens, a butterfly park, swimming lagoons, golf courses, a large roller skating rink and various rides.
Underwater World at
Asia's largest tropical oceanarium.
Intersection of Holland Road and Napier Street
World-famous tropical gardens where you can enjoy lush greenery and a beautiful orchid garden..
Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden
Yuan Ching Road
MRT to Chinese Garden station
Mon-Sat. 9am-7pm Sunday 8:30am-7pm
Over 35 acres (14 hectares) of beautiful scenery.
Stone gardens, bonsai display, goldfish ponds, stone lanterns and small pagodas. Very colorful, pavilions, bridge, beautiful setting.
Mandai Orchid Gardens
Mandai Lake Road
A lush tropical orchid garden created in an area usually not particularly suited to orchid plants.
Chinaman Scholars Gallery
14B Trengannu St.
this living museum is designed to look like a Cantonese home of the 1930's. It includes authentic clothing, furnishings, artifacts, photographs and musical instruments.
This museum has extensive collections focusing on regional history, cultures and crafts. Exhibits include archaeological finds from the Asian region, articles relating to Chinese settlement and trade, Malaysian and Indonesian arts and crafts. It also has superb examples of jade including the 380 piece Haw Par jade collection.
New Ming Village and Pewter Museum
49A Duxton Road
MRT to Clementi Road and then bus 78 to Pandan Road
Examples of both old and modern works are on display here. Reproductions of porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties are crafted here. Watch craftsmen at work. there is also a small pewter museum.
Chettiar Hindu Temple
Tank and River Valley Roads.
Open daily 8-noon and 5:30-8:30.
This structure housing the image of Lord Subramaniam is a recent (1984) replacement of the original, built in the 19th century. The 21-meter-high gopuram (pyramidal gateway tower), with its colorful sculptures of godly manifestations, is astounding. The chandelier-lit interior is lavishly decorated; 48 painted-glass panels are inset in the ceiling and angled to reflect the sunrise and sunset.
1 Beach Rd., Colonial Singapore
(dress standards apply)
In 1896, the Armenian Sarkies brothers took over a "tiffin house," or tearoom, and greatly expanded it, transforming it into one of the grandest hotels in Asia. Though rarely under British management, the hotel was long viewed as a bastion of colonialism.
The hotel is no longer open for tours, but visitors can stroll around the lobby, and can visit the museum of Raffles memorabilia on the third floor; attend the multimedia show on the hotel's history at the Jubilee Hall playhouse (show times are at 10,11,12:30 and 1. )
It is also possible to take refreshment in a reproduction of the Long Bar, where the famous Singapore sling was created in 1903 by the bartender Ngiam Tong Boon
High tea is served daily in the Tiffin Room.
St. Andrew's Cathedral
Coleman St. and St. Andrew's St., Colonial Singapore.
The first church on this site was built in 1834; struck twice by lightning, it was demolished in 1855. Indian convicts were brought in to construct a new cathedral in 12th-century English Gothic style. Completed in 1862, the structure includes bells cast by the same firm that made Big Ben.
Cathedral Of the Good Shepherd
A solid neoclassical building constructed from 1843-1846, this is the Catholic Cathedral.
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
Race Course Rd., Little India.
This is popularly known as the Temple of 1,000 Lights because, for a small donation, you can pull a switch that lights countless bulbs around a 15-meter (50-ft) Buddha. The entire temple, as well as the Buddha statue, was built by the Thai monk Vutthisasala, who also procured relics for the temple: a mother-of-pearl-inlaid cast of the Buddha's footprint and a piece of bark from the bodhi tree under which he received Enlightenment.
Sri Mariamman Temple
South Bridge Rd. and Temple St., Chinatown
In the center of Chinatown, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Its pagoda-like entrance is topped by one of the most ornate gopurams (pyramidal gateway towers) you are ever likely to see. Hundreds of brightly colored statues of deities and mythical animals line the tiers of this towering porch; glazed cement cows sit, seemingly in great contentment, atop the surrounding walls.
North Bridge Rd., Arab District.
Built in 1928 by the same architects who designed the Victoria Memorial Hall, the Sultan Mosque is a dramatic building with golden domes and minarets that glisten in the sunlight. The walls of the vast prayer hall are adorned with green and gold mosaic tiles on which passages from the Qur'an are written in decorative Arab script. It is the largest mosque in Singapore.
Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Happiness)
Telok Ayer St., Chinatown
Completed in 1841, this Chinese temple is one of Singapore's oldest and largest. Thian Hock Keng is richly decorated with gilded carvings, sculptures, tiled roofs, and fine carved stone pillars. Outside, on either side of the entrance, are two stone lions: the female holding a cup, symbolizing fertility, and the male holding a ball, a symbol of wealth. Inside, a statue of a maternal Ma Chu P'oh, surrounded by masses of burning incense and candles, dominates the room. While the main temple is Taoist, the temple at the back is Buddhist and dedicated to Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy.
Armenian St., Colonial Singapore.
Officially the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator and the oldest surviving church in the republic, this church was built in 1835 but is no longer used for services. The Armenians are another minority group who came to Singapore in search of fortune; a dozen wealthy families supplied the funds for George Coleman, Irish architect of many early Singapore buildings, to design this church.
Corner of Napier and Cluny Rds.
tel. 471-9955 or 471-9937 (Ranger's office)
Open weekdays 5 am-12 midnight.
These beautifully maintained 127 year old gardens cover some 74 acres, with a large lake, masses of shrubs and flowers, and examples of many species of trees, including 30-meter-high fan palms. An extensive orchid bed boasts 250 varieties, some of them very rare.
Sunday Bird Singing
Tiong and Seng Poh Roads, next to the Havelock Road Hotel
MRT to Tiong Bahru station and walk east 500 meters
or bus 123 from Orchard Road
Sunday mornings 8-11
Songbird owners bring their caged birds to the gathering and hang the cages on wires strung between the trees. Birds are grouped according to the timbre of their voices. Owners and visitors then gather at tables, sip coffee, and listen to the concert!
Upper Changi Rd., East Coast,
Chapel and museum open Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm (Closed Sunday).
Built in 1927 by the British, and used by the Japanese in World War II to inter some 70,000 prisoners of war; today it is still a prison. A few organized tours can take you into a part of the prison on weekdays and possibly through the old British barracks areas to the former RAF camp at Changi. The walls of the Changi Prison Chapel hold poignant memorial plaques to the regiments and individuals imprisoned here during the war. Next door is the Chapel Prison Museum, with drawings, sketches, and photographs by the POWs depicting their wartime experiences. One of their murals is especially poignant, conveying a spirit of hope in the midst of despair.
1 Empress Pl., Colonial Singapore
Open daily 9:30-9:30.
Constructed in the 1860s as the new courthouse, this huge Victorian building has had four major additions and housed nearly every government body. Now, after a S$22 million renovation, Empress Place is a cultural exhibition center. Most of the major exhibits are art collections from China.
Kuan Yin Temple
Waterloo St., Arab District
This is one of the most popular Chinese temples in Singapore, as evidenced by the incense-filled interior, its altars heaped with hundreds of small icons. According to legend, Kuan Yin was about to enter nirvana when she heard a plaintive cry from Earth. Touched with compassion, she gave up her place in Paradise to devote herself to alleviating the pain of those on Earth.
This is the Muslim center of Singapore. Attractions include the gold-domed Sultan Mosque and a variety of shops.
South Bridge and New Bridge area A maze of streets with shops that sell almost everything.
The area most representative of Singapore's past. It remains largely untouched by renovation and modernization.
The heart of the city lined with one of Singapore's most successful redevelopment projects.
Boat Quay and Clark Quay. Boat Quay is Singapore's premier nightspot. Clarke Quay is a family oriented area of restaurants and shops.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
An expanse of rainforest outside the city.
A dazzling strip of luxury hotels, shopping centers, restaurants and nightspots, this is Singapore's main tourist area.
Singapore Art Museum
Stamford Rd., Colonial Singapore
Open Tues.-Sun. 9-5:30P\
Housed in a grand colonial building topped by a giant silver dome. Included in its collection are 20 dioramas depicting the republic's past; the Revere Bell, donated to the original St. Andrew's Church in 1843 by the daughter of American patriot Paul Revere. Exhibits rotate among Singapore's museums.