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5 Unique Things to Try Out in Singapore – A Nation of Exceptional Attractions

Singapore may be a small country, but it holds many surprises for the discerning traveller out to explore the Lion City. From sky gardens to 'umbrella trees', here are the top attractions in Singapore.

1

The Spectacular Gardens by the Bay

Head over to the Marina Bay and you will be stunned as the landscape is punctured by the unique Gardens by the Bay. Striving to transform the compact city into a lush oasis, this project certainly has achieved its mark and more. The surreal surroundings are more than expected of a garden city; made up of 18 artificial super-trees, which range in height from 80 to 160 feet, the place is a land of enchantment and wonder. The structures accommodate over 200 varieties of ferns, orchids and other exotic plants that wind their way along the stems of the super-trees. Make sure to make your way across the 72 foot high walkway in the sky, for breath-taking views of the surrounding region.

2

Visit How Par Villa

The place is best described as a kind of Buddhist amusement park; the place offers a very graphic insight into how Buddhist hell works out for those of you who have sinned. Consisting of life-size figurines that deal with Chinese myth and centred on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, the place brings to life mythology and its secrets. Take along the cameras for posing with the Monkey King, the huge Sumo Wrestlers and very graphic illustrations of the Buddhist hell.

3

Enjoy the Umbrella Trees

Head over to Little India just 15 to 20 minutes from Park Hotel Alexandra and you will come across these quirky trees. Hindoo Road, in the precinct, is home to a number of trees which seem to have umbrellas growing out of the tips. Making the public park a setting straight out of a Dr Seuss novel, the trees in various shades of colour are perfect for seeking shelter during a rain. At the base of each tree, which are artificial of course, are rings that offer a cushiony comfort for seeking shelter from the sun and rain. Staying at hotels near Mapletree Business City Singapore will place you within a convenient distance of this unique park and its surrounding attractions.

4

The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

Turtles and tortoises galore are found at this park, located within the Chinese Gardens, which on its own is a spectacular environ, that boasts traditional north Chinese landscaping skills. There are 50 different species to be discovered, amongst the 800 odd varieties of turtles and tortoises. Spread across pools, tanks and lovely ponds, these amphibians will prove to be a pretty interesting group to observe.

5

The Temple of the Buddha Tooth Relic cum Museum

A little tooth fragment of the Lord Buddha is protected within this 62 million dollar temple, that sits in the middle of Chinatown. The tooth believed to be that of the Buddha is only exhibited for a few hours a day; hence, it is wise to check the official website for 'showing times' before heading there. The museum is equally fascinating housing vintage statues, ancient relics and many other artefacts of fascination.

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