Insider's Singapore

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Let us be your guide and compass to the sights and sounds of our vibrant city

Singapore Art Museum
Known as SAM, this contemporary art museum focuses on art-making and art thinking in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia, encompassing a worldwide perspective on contemporary art practice. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes, and to deepen every visitor's experience through outreach, education, research and publications, as well as cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges.

The ethnic district of Chinatown is a lively hub frequented by the Chinese community. Religious monuments, such as the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple, sit alongside quaint shophouses marked by cramped five-foot passageways harbouring shops that sell traditional herbs, textiles, decorative items and antiques. Visit Tanjong Pagar for traditional tea shops, painted masks, waxed paper umbrellas and lacquerware.

Gardens by the Bay
Singapore's version of New York's Central Park is a 101-hectare green lung planted upon entirely reclaimed land. It is made up of Bay South and Bay East Gardens, and is a dream for horticulturalists. Most striking are the 12 Supertrees, vertical gardens that stretch up to 16 storeys high. Also distinctive are the pair of domes along the waterfront that house flora and fauna from different climes.

Little India
A racecourse, cattle herders, brick kilns and many more once jostled each other in the Little India of yesterday. Today, the ethnic enclave is a world apart from its previous incarnation. Charming shophouses line the streets, crammed with shops selling spices, sarees, trinkets, Indian jewellery and daily products used by the average Indian household.

Sentosa Island
The leisure and recreation destination in Singapore is an island south of the mainland, formerly used by the military and transformed in 1972 to become the attraction it is today. Some 3.2 km of sandy beaches are interspersed with a marina, golf course and luxury residences. In addition visitors will also enjoy Universal Studios, Madame Tussauds and one of the world's largest indoor skydiving wind tunnels.

Raffles Singapore

Let us be your guide and compass to the sights and sounds of our vibrant city

National Museum of Singapore
Welcome to Singapore's oldest museum, dating back to 1887. Here, the country's history and culture are told through a compelling permanent exhibition in the Singapore History and Living Galleries. Among the displays is a video montage depicting everyday life, with an orchestral symphony playing in the background.

Singapore Zoo / Night Safari
Acclaimed by zoologists and tourists as one of the best in the world, Singapore Zoo is set in 170 acres of parkland next to a lake. There are more than 1,600 animals in residence and 170 different species, half of which are endangered species from Southeast Asia. The Night Safari, opened in 1994, is the world's first and only night zoo, providing a rare opportunity to see nocturnal animals in their active state.

Singapore River
Hop aboard a bumboat and take a cruise on the Singapore River, along which the country first made its fortune in trade. Today, the waterway is clean and well-maintained, with hip restaurants and bars lining it across four different neighbourhoods – Collyer, Boat, Clarke and Robertson Quays. Boat and Clarke Quay tend to rank high on mass appeal, while Collyer Quay is the most sedate of the quartet.

Asian Civilisations Museum
Containing more than 1,300 artefacts, the Asian Civilisations Museum showcases the material cultures of Singapore's forefathers who hailed from China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and West Asia. Highlights include the restored, hourglass-shaped Pejeng-style drum, made from bronze, and the Standing Buddha sculpture unearthed by British archaeologist Quaritch Wales in the Bujang Valley, Kedah, Malaysia, in 1941.

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