About Singapore

Some refer to her as the “little red dot”, but Singapore’s presence in the world today is larger than that moniker. In fact, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with her landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens. One interesting facet you’ll discover about Singapore is a ubiquitous collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs coexist. Besides a vibrant multicultural experience, there’s more you can discover about Singapore.

Singapore is bubbling with a plethora of activities. Navigate below to find out more what's exciting in Singapore!

Dining Shopping Places of interests

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Dining

Top 5 local dishes recommendations

Chicken Rice

The recipe for the dish is adapted from early Chinese immigrants from Hainan Island, off the southern coast of China. Back in Hainan, locals call the dish "Wenchang chicken". They use a particular fowl that is bony and fibrous, and serve the chicken with oily rice. A ground green chilli dip rounds off the dish.

Chilli Crab

Chilli crab is among Singapore’s greatest culinary inventions, the king of all crab dishes. It is easily available in most seafood restaurants, which typically serve it with mud crabs that have deliciously sweet and juicy flesh.

Laksa

Katong Laksa is inspired by the Peranakans (Straits Chinese) who live in the Katong area. It has a spicy soup stock the colour of a flaming sunset, flavoured with coconut milk and dried shrimp, and topped with ingredients like cockles, prawns and fishcake.

Nasi Lemak

This dish is a perfect mix of flavours: aromatic rice infused with coconut milk and pandan leaves, eaten with deep-fried fish or chicken wings, 'otah' (grilled fish paste), fried 'ikan bilis' (local anchovies) and peanuts, eggs, cucumber slices, and 'sambal' (spicy chilli paste).

Rojak

It is a local salad of mixed vegetables, fruits, and dough fritters that is covered in a sticky black sauce and garnished with chopped peanuts and finely-cut fragrant ginger flowers for a piquant taste.

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Shopping

Top 5 shopping havens recommendations

Orchard Road

Stroll down Orchard Road, lauded as one of the best places to shop in Singapore. Spanning almost 2.2km, this bustling belt is home to a delectable range of retail, dining and entertainment choices.Whether you are looking for international luxury brands, stylish homegrown labels or trendy high-street fashion collections, this vibrant belt is a must-visit.

Resort World Sentosa

With over 45 retail outlets offering everything from leading international brands and lifestyle creations to collectibles and must-buy items. Stores include Bally, Bulgari, and, for those with a sweet tooth, a Hershey’s flagship store and Candylicious.

VivoCity

The mall features a plethora of shopping options that are suitable for the whole family, as well as stores unique to VivoCity including Superdry, American Eagle Outfitters and Weekends. Expect vast, open-air spaces for waterfront strolls, and find an array of amenities that are kid-friendly.

Harbour Front

A vibrant three-storey retail destination that offers an array of retail options including the flagship store of Mothercare, electronic goods and sporting equipment.

Shoppes at MBS

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands has amassed the largest collection of luxury labels under one roof in the region, with more than 170 luxury and premium brands in the form of flagship stores as well as duplexes and triplexes—such as the world’s first Louis Vuitton Island Maison. Brands such as Bottega Veneta, Chaumet, Roger Dubuis and Saint Laurent have also created limited edition items that are exclusively sold here.

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Places of Interests

Top 5 iconic landmarks recommendations

Standing at 165 metres above ground is Asia’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer. Launched in 2008, the wheel is a favourite tourist attraction due to its vantage point offering stunning panoramic views of Marina Bay and th­e city. Over the years, the Singapore Flyer has also become a significant feature in the backdrop of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Singapore Flyer. 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803. 
Daily 8.30am-10.30pm

Parkview Square was designed by Singapore’s DP Architects and James Adams Design of USA, and is especially significant due to its Art Deco-inspired design. The exterior of Parkview Square is a majestic amalgam of bronze and glass, and its distinct architectural style has led locals to refer to it as ‘the Gotham building’. Aptly so, as the façade bears an uncanny resemblance to Batman’s fictional hometown.

Parkview Square. 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778. 
Building: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. 
Atlas: Mon-Thu 10-1am; Fri 10-2am; Sat 3pm-2am.

The National Gallery Singapore used to be two national monuments: the former Supreme Court and City Hall. Located in the heart of the civic district, both buildings have borne witness to several of Singapore’s historical milestones. First constructed in the 1920s and 30s, both the former Supreme Court and City Hall are now home to Singapore’s largest museum, housing a vast collection of artwork within its historically rich halls.

National Gallery Singapore. 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879. 
Mon-Thu & Sun 10am-7pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm.

Having been in the works since the 1970s, the Esplanade was set up as a hub where Singaporeans can engage with and be inspired by the local arts and culture scene. Since opening its doors in 2002, the Esplanade has revolutionised the Arts in Singapore and grown into a bustling hub for shopping, dining and entertainment. The venue showcases a range of performances all year round, from free shows held by the bay, to yearly festivals such as Baybeats, da:ns festival, Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, and many more.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981.
Information counter opens daily noon-8.30pm.

The Merlion, a mythical creature that’s half-fish and half-lion. The Merlion combines two elements of Singapore’s identity—its body symbolises the fishing villages of Singapore’s past, while its lion head is a symbol of Singapura (“lion city” in Sanskrit). The Merlion, built by local craftsman Lim Nang Seng, was unveiled on 15 September 1972 by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The icon was originally positioned at the mouth of the Singpore River, but was later moved to its current spot overlooking the bay at the Merlion Park.

Merlion Park. One Fullerton, Singapore 049213.
Daily 24 hours.

Source: http://www.visitsingapore.com/en/