PLACES OF INTEREST
ADDRESS: One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213
OPERATING HOURS: 24 hour Daily
The Merlion Park is where visitors can admire Singapore’s iconic Merlion – a must-see for tourists visiting the island. The water-spouting Merlion has a body of a fish, symbolising Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village, while its lion head symbolises Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay. It was built by local craftsman, Lim Nang Seng, and was unveiled on 15 September 1972 by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the mouth of the Singapore River, to welcome all visitors to Singapore. A smaller Merlion statue can also be found in the park. Both statues are the most well known among the seven approved Merlion statues in Singapore. Visitors can then take a stroll along the Esplanade Bridge to another icon of Singapore, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
The Sentosa island resort offers plenty of snapshot-worthy attractions. Visitors can stroll along the 700-metre sheltered Sentosa Boardwalk that links Sentosa to the mainland and capture various angles of the sweeping waterfront views. Once in Sentosa, other Instagram-worthy opportunities include the giant globe at the entrance of Universal Studios Singapore™, the views from the 11-storey Fort Siloso Skywalk, and the Imbiah Lookout for close-ups of the 37-metre-tall Merlion. In the evening, Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove offers breathtaking vistas of the sunset and marina. Fees apply for entry into Sentosa (via vehicle and monorail) and into Universal Studios Singapore™.
A visit to Singapore is not complete without a stop over at Chinatown. Historically, Chinatown is a place where many Chinese immigrants settled when they arrived in the then-British colony. Chinatown of today is bustling with a good mix of new and old as well as other Asian cultures. One can visit the many interesting shops and dining outlets at these traditional shop houses. Although one can no longer experience the Chinatown of old - cramped five-foot-ways, dingy alleys and raucous street hawkers, you can still find pockets of history still.
There are much to do in Chinatown. You can take in the sights of the architecture, charming traditional shop houses, visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, learn about Chinatown's history at the Chinatown Heritage Centre or taste our local hawker fare at the Food Street (Smith Street), Chinatown Complex or Maxwell Food Centre. Unique to this precinct, you can find Hindu temple, mosque, Chinese temple and a church along South Bridge Road in Chinatown.
Best of all, there’s free Wi-Fi around this precinct so you can stay connected while you sightsee, shop and eat.
For more information on local tours there, simply visit the Chinatown Visitors Centre or visit their website at www.chinatown.sg.
RAFFLES LANDING SITE
Raffles Landing Site
(Between Asian Civilisation Museum and The Art House)
59 Boat Quay, Singapore 049859
OPERATING HOURS: 24 hour Daily
The Raffles' Landing Site is the spot where Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, landed in Singapore on 28 January 1819. He arrived here to negotiate with the local rulers (Temenggong) on trade deals. A treaty was subsequently signed that gave the British the right to build a trading port on the island. Raffles Landing Site is located at Boat Quay within the Civic District. The 20 feet white polymarble statue depicts Sir Stamford Raffles, with arms folded and staring intently out to sea. Two statues of Sir Stamford can be found in Singapore. One is located at the Raffles Landing Site and the other at Empress Place (opposite Victoria Memorial Hall).