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Iconic Landmarks Around Singapore – The Most Famous Destinations

Singapore is a modern day metropolis of sky-scrapers and iconic landmarks. The quintessential tourist destination, the little country promises a world of experiences. Here are the best sites to visit.



In the 1800's CHIJMES was a Catholic Convent, the school, however, is no more, and what you will experience is a very popular, dining and nightlife precinct. Over the years the compound of buildings served many purposes; a dormitory, an orphanage and a chapel. It seems to have found its calling though after being set-up as one of the city's most visited entertainment venues. The name was given in 1990, CHIJMES being an acronym for the convent, it is also believed to represent the sound the main bell made. Visit this very famous dining and nightlife precinct by heading over to 30 Victoria Street; although, opening hours for each business vary, the general times are from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. Guests at Grand Park City Hall, will find CHIJMES just 5 minutes away.


Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay

The Esplanade Park, located next door to Theatres on the Bay is the city's oldest park. Due to its appearance, the 60,000sqmtr complex is called the 'Durian'; that's right, it's got the spikes to justify the name. Work on the Esplanade began in the 1970's, on completion in 2002, it was set-up as a hub, for Singaporeans to experience the nations varied arts and culture. Revolutionising the art industry of Singapore, the Esplanade is now a thriving centre for shopping, entertainment and dining. The location is 1 Esplanade Drive; the information centre opens at 8.30pm.


The Merlion Park

No visit to Singapore is complete unless you gaze upon the iconic Merlion. The precinct is home to not just properties vying for the honour of being the best luxury hotel in Singapore, but a host of fine restaurants, boutiques and top city attractions. A creature of myth, the Merlion is symbolised by a figure which has the body of a fish and a lion's head. This is symbolic of two aspects related to the country's history; the fishing community and the nation's reference name in old Sanskrit texts 'Singapura' meaning Lion Nation. The park open 24 hours is located at One Fullerton Road.


Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer is Asia's largest observation wheel; it stands at height of 165 metres. Since its launch in 2008, the flyer is one of the city's top attractions, favoured by many for its stunning vistas across the city; which stretches across Marina Bay and the city centre. The Singapore Flyer is located at 30 Raffles Avenue and is open from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm.


The Old Parliament House

This is thought to be the country's oldest surviving colonial time building. It is now better known as The Arts House. The complex was designed as a neo-Palladian residence in 1826 by architect G.D. Coleman. It was gazetted in 1992 as a national monument and re-named The Arts House in 2003. The building is located at 1 Old Parliament Lane.

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