Marina Bay is located on the eastern side of Singapore, adjacent to downtown. The site development was completed in 2008. The idea of establishing Marina Bay was to achieve three things with its development: to Explore, to Entertain and to Exchange - all in one place. In recent years, Marina Bay has emerged as the most fascinating and hot spot site to visit for tourists of all nature throughout the world. Surrounded by sky liners with modern architecture blending with Gardens by the Bay, waterfront and financial center, Marina Bay is all you need to enjoy your trip. There is plenty of action all around and you can easily access it by Singapore MRT, water taxi or by bus.
The Merlion (Malay: Singa-Laut) is a well known marketing icon of Singapore depicted as a mythical creature with a lion's head and a body of a fish. It is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore. Its name combines "mer" meaning the sea and "lion". The fish body represents Singapore's origin as a fishing village when it was called Temasek, which means "sea town" in Javanese. The lion head represents Singapore's original name—Singapura—meaning "lion city".
The Singapore River forms a central artery in Singapore's densely packed Central Business District. The north bank of the river is where Raffles originally landed and founded his colony, and to this day many central government buildings can be found in the area. The newer south bank, laden with skyscrapers, is where Singapore's bankers make (or break) their fortunes.Between the two are the bulk of Singapore's nightspots, found along the riverside streets of Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. The riverside is best accessed by MRT Clarke Quay (North-East Line) station.
The Raffles Landing Site along the Singapore River is where Sir Stamford Raffles first stepped on the island in 1819. He saw an ideal river bank deep enough to be a port for a trading outpost. It was this discovery that sparked the birth of modern Singapore.
In the early days, all ships had to sail the Singapore River to reach the shophouses at Boat Quay. Trade exploded, and other quays – Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay were developed. This humble river was pressed into service until the 1970s when shipping trade was moved and the river underwent a metamorphosis. Today you can dine, wine and be entertained at Clarke Quay, a unique historical landmark overlooking the River.
Thian Hock Keng is one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temple in Singapore. It was visited by Chinese immigrants giving thanks to Ma Zu (Goddess of the Sea) for their safe voyage. In 1839 the Hokkien clan built the temple in Telok Ayer Street. It also housed the clan's office and served as a meeting venue. The construction of Thian Hock Keng was completed in 1842. The temple was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural style. The entire structure was assembled without nails.
It is an architectural masterpiece of stone, tiles and wood, dragons and phoenixes, amazing carvings, intricate sculptures and imposing columns.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. Built by Indian pioneers who came to work and live here the temple was the first in the serangoon area and became a focus of early Indian Social Cultural activities there. Having a temple in their midst must have helped these pioneers feel more at home as it provided an important avenue for them to recreate in Singapore what they had been familiar within their country of origin. The choice of Kali as the chief deity of the temple is significant. Referred as a powerful goddess and Destroyer of Evil, her presence answered an important need of the early migrants - the need to feel secure in a new land. It seems that in the early days worship at the temple began at a small shrine with carvings and inscriptions. From these beginnings the temple was gradually built. According to one account, Hindu residents in the area helped to build the temple.
You can get to know Singapore’s Little India neighborhood on a walking tour with an informative guide, who provides a deeper look at this district than you would otherwise experience on your own. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere as you check out vendors selling snacks, spices and saris. Sample tasty Indian sweets, smell the flower garlands, get a henna tattoo -- there's so much to see and do in this vibrant neighborhood. Wander along streets lined with Indian restaurants and fruit and vegetable stands. Check out Little India Arcade, a bazaar-style shopping area where vendors sell the same things you might find in Mumbai or Delhi.
The National Orchid Garden is located on the highest hill in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Three hectares of carefully landscaped slopes provide a setting for over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. The National Orchid Garden was opened on 20 October 1995 by Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Guided tours are conducted at many different parks and gardens in Singapore. Choose from tours focusing on flora and fauna or arts and heritage. Do-It-Yourself trail guides would be just the thing for you if you prefer to explore the park on your own.
Changi Airport is the primary civilian airport for Singapore and one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia. It is currently the World's Best Airport for the fourth consecutive year and is one of the world's busiest airports by international passenger traffic and cargo traffic.