Singapore Landmarks Walking Tour (Self Guided), Singapore

Singapore is an island, a city and a state. Its population is a melting pot of all Asian people. The Chinese, the Hindu, the Arab, each has his own historical monuments and landmarks that represent his culture. Visiting this city you will be left with the impression of having visited China, India and Arabia. This self-guided tour will lead you through the following cultural monuments as well as some modern sights in Singapore.
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Singapore Landmarks Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Singapore Landmarks Walking Tour
Guide Location: Singapore » Singapore (See other walking tours in Singapore)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: vickyc
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Singapore Flyer

1) Singapore Flyer (must see)

If you want to see all of Singapore, especially the area of the bay, in an unobstructed panoramic way, don't hesitate to get on the Singapore Flyer on a clear day. Standing a lofty 165 meters tall, this monumental Ferris wheel was once the world's tallest until the Las Vegas “High Roller”, opened in 2014, surpassed it by a mere 2.6 m (9 ft). Much like the “High Roller”, the Singapore Flyer spins in slow motion with the journey lasting a half-hour full turn – just enough to see everything and take dozens of photos before being brought back down into a rainforest-covered park. There are 28 cabins in all, each able to carry 28 passengers, but normally when there is no queue, it can be pretty vacant and you can have your privacy. Those acrophobic not need to worry at all, because they will not feel the height when in the capsule and, besides, the ride is made incredibly smooth, so they won't feel the rotation either. The cabins are air-conditioned and with panoramic screens inside providing all the necessary details on the various sights and surroundings.

Various packages are offered for those looking to get high in style, such as the signature Singapore Sling Flight, in which drinks are served for that extra lift.

Tip:
The best time for having a Flyer ride is on weekdays as well as before or just after sunset to see the city at night.

Operating Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-10:30pm (last admission: 10pm)
Ticketing counter operates from 8am to 10pm
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Civilian War Memorial

2) Civilian War Memorial

The Civilian War Memorial is a part of the heritage of Singapore and one of the most important historical landmarks of the city. It is dedicated to Singaporeans murdered during the Japanese invasion. The monument tells a lot about Singapore and its population. It is made of four identical pillars, 70 meters tall, that represent the integration of the four main races living together in Singapore - Chinese, Malay, Indian and other races and is set in the War Memorial Park.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

3) Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (must see)

Art and architecture go hand in hand, as evident in this spiky and endearingly outrageous performing arts center. The structure itself emerged from Singapore’s realization that it needed iconic buildings to keep pace with the competitive international tourist industry – and, as such, can be seen as the Asian rival to the Sydney Opera House, with a fabulous location to support its own unique sense of grandeur. Officially opened in 2002, it has become quite the key emblem of contemporary Singapore; a shining example of its arty, creative side.

The big question is and will always be whether the Esplanade’s theatres bear more resemblance to Durian fruit, the eyes of a fly, or a microphone. Despite its fruity nickname, “The Big Durians”, which is most popular with the locals, the twin glass domes of the complex do not take their design reference from the tropical fruit, but from traditional Asian reed weavings. The spiky metal sunshades reach seven thousand in number, and with their varying angles and geometries, make the roof-line morph and mutate across the building; however, aside from the visual complexity, they have a practical aspect as well, in that they maximize the natural light while shielding the glass roof from heat radiation – an important concern given Singapore's location close to the equator.

Internally, the venue is just as extraordinary. As well as large-capacity twin auditoriums that are visually and acoustically spectacular, there are several decent eating options here to fill one's tummy as well. Also worth looking out for here are the regular free performances and major events outside, especially on weekends, which are advertised either on the theatre’s website or in the monthly what’s-on guide so, on a lark, you may get to pick and choose several performances to see. The Esplanade has many different art-related shops as well, including a vinyl record store, a wind instrument shop and more. As if that's not enough, it houses a branch of the National Library where you can read digital newspapers, scour through the huge selection of music, dance, and art materials, or watch movies in a spectacular setting. To capture a very nice picture of the famed Singapore Merlion, you can go up to the top floor. This is indeed a heavenly refuge if you're an art lover or simply need a break from Singapore's humidity and heat.

Tip:
To capture a very nice picture of the famed Singapore Merlion, you can then go up to the top floor.

Guided Tours:
Mon–Fri: 11am (excl. public holidays)
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Merlion Statue

4) Merlion Statue (must see)

No tour of Singapore is complete without seeing the Merlion and the small park surrounding it that caters well to the tourists visiting the city. An imaginary creature, half fish and half lion, the Merlion has been used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore since 1964. The fish body symbolizes Singapore's humble beginnings as a fishing village back in the day when it was called Temasek, while the lion's head, on the other hand, stems from the old tale about the city's present name “Singapura” which translates from Sanskrit as the "Lion City".

Curiously enough, lions with fishtails can also be found on murals at Ajanta and Mathura in India, as well as on Etruscan coins of the Hellenistic period. Merlions, or ‘heraldic sea-lions’, are an established element of Western heraldry, and have been used on the coat of arms of the cities of Portsmouth and Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom, as well as the City of Manila and the East India Company.

While being one of Singapore's most kitschy of attractions, sitting near this 9-meter statue, that spouts water from its mouth, does provide commanding views of the Marina Bay area, as well as of the city skyscrapers and the Singapore Flyer (if standing on its right). If you’ve already been to Raffles and got yourself a Singapore sling, well, a trip up the Merlion is the next logical step.

It can get really busy here but people come and go quite quickly so, with a little patience, you're bound to get a good shot of the statue. Better yet, try to enjoy the location more rather than worry about the perfect picture, and this place will definitely hit the spot.
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Cavenagh Bridge

5) Cavenagh Bridge

Lying between the Empress Place and the Fullerton building, in the heart of Singapore, Cavenagh Bridge is one of the witnesses of the city-state's history. With its elegant suspension struts, it is considered to be the sole bridge on the Singapore river that has survived intact in its original form since construction, when it replaced its more rudimentary pedestrian predecessor.

Initially called the Edinburgh Bridge to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, its name was eventually changed in honor of Major General William Cavenagh who was the last India-appointed Governor of the Straits Settlements. The bridge itself was actually built in Glasgow and then shipped to Singapore in sections for the local assembly by Indian convict laborers in 1869. Later, in 1910, when the nearby Anderson Bridge was completed, it was due for demolition but, fortunately, that decision was changed in favor of converting into a pedestrian-only bridge. Hence, as long as they weight not more than 152 kgs or 336lbs – which is the technical restriction here – people are welcome to cross the bridge as they please!

Aside for the historical significance, which is a big draw here, there is a rather curious (and undeniably cute) family of cats cast in sculpture at the end of the bridge near Fullerton Hotel and if, for any reason, you want to jump into the Singapore river, then just look for the river-diving bronze kids on the opposite bank and follow their suit! More photo opportunities of sculptures depicting life back in the days of yore are readily available on the south bank.
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UOB Plaza

6) UOB Plaza

They say that the main reason to visit Singapore's Financial District is to feel like a tiny ant in a canyon of gleaming skyscrapers. To see what things look like from the top of the man-made canyon, the best place to head is the OUB Centre – home to the Overseas Union Bank, which is the complex to the west of the United Overseas Bank Plaza, offering truly amazing panoramic views from its rooftop bar, the world's highest alfresco bar, called 1-Altitude. To the right of the soaring metallic triangle of the OUB Centre are the twin towers of the rocket-shaped UOB Plaza One and the slightly older UOB Plaza Two. Both buildings are connected by a 45 m (148 ft) podium supported by four columns. Also visible from there are the rich brown walls of 6 Battery Road, the sturdy Singapore Land Tower, and the almost Art Deco-style Chevron House.

The adjacent area along the river has been well arranged and is a great place for river views and a walk, surrounded by lots of pubs and restaurants. As in most cities, public opinion is fiercely divided over high-rise architecture, but so far Singapore has been spared the more eye-soaring modern follies that blight other cities. The UOB itself is well known as a patron of local art and takes pride in displaying its collection at their art gallery, so by going during office hours, you may admire the view and paintings at the same time.

Tip:
Fans of surrealistic master Salvador Dali wouldn't want to miss the sculpture named “Homage to Newton”, a typically bizarre work that feels somewhat out of place in a city not known for its appreciation of the hallucinatory.
The three roads that run southwest from Raffles Place – namely, Cecil Street, Robinson Road, and Shenton Way – are all crammed with more high-rise banks and financial houses.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-6:30pm

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Travel Distance: 2.5 km

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